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Jan 3, 2014

Israel tests Arrow missile shield, sees Hezbollah threat

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow missile interceptor for the second time on Friday, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defense against ballistic threats it sees from Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas as well as from Iran and Syria.

One of several elements of an integrated Israeli aerial shield, Arrow III is designed to deploy kamikaze satellites – known as “kill vehicles” – that track and slam into ballistic missiles above the earth’s atmosphere, high enough to safely disintegrate any chemical, biological or nuclear warheads.

Jan 3, 2014

Israel tests Arrow missile shield, sees Hezbollah ballistic threat

JERUSALEM, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Israel successfully tested its
upgraded Arrow missile interceptor for the second time on
Friday, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defence against
ballistic threats it sees from Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas as
well as from Iran and Syria.

One of several elements of an integrated Israeli aerial
shield, Arrow III is designed to deploy kamikaze satellites -
known as “kill vehicles” – that track and slam into ballistic
missiles above the earth’s atmosphere, high enough to safely
disintegrate any chemical, biological or nuclear warheads.

Jan 3, 2014

Israel tests Arrow missile shield, eyes Syria, Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow ballistic missile interceptor for the second time on Friday, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defense against threats seen from Iran, Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas.

One of several elements of Israel’s still-developing defense against missile attacks, Arrow III is designed to deploy kamikaze satellites – known as “kill vehicles” – that track and slam into ballistic missiles above the earth’s atmosphere, high enough to safely disintegrate any chemical, biological or nuclear warheads.

Dec 29, 2013

Erdogan vows Turkish graft affair will fail to topple him

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan swore on Sunday he would survive a corruption crisis circling his cabinet, saying those seeking his overthrow would fail just like mass anti-government protests last summer.

Erdogan, who says the scandal is an international plot, accused his opponents of caring not about corruption but wanting to undermine the power of Turkey, which has been transformed economically under his 11-year leadership.

Dec 26, 2013

Opposition sees ‘deep state’ in Turkish crisis cabinet

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s opposition accused scandal-hit Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of trying to rule via a secretive “deep state” after a cabinet reshuffle that would tighten controls on police already beleaguered by government-ordered purges.

Among 10 new loyalist ministers Erdogan named late on Wednesday was Efkan Ala, a former governor of the restive Diyarbakir province who will now wield the powerful Interior portfolio and oversee Turkish domestic security.

Dec 26, 2013

Opposition warns of “deep state” in new Turkish cabinet

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s opposition accused scandal-hit Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of trying to rule via a secretive “deep state”, after a cabinet reshuffle that would tighten controls on police already beleaguered by government-ordered purges.

Among 10 new loyalist ministers Erdogan named late on Wednesday was Efkan Ala, a former governor of the restive Diyarbakir province who will wield the powerful Interior portfolio and oversee Turkish domestic security.

Dec 25, 2013

Turkey’s Erdogan defiant as three ministers quit over scandal

ANKARA, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Three Turkish cabinet members
resigned over a spiralling corruption scandal on Wednesday and
one of them urged a defiant Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to
follow suit.

That challenge, unprecedented in Erdogan’s 11 years in
power, raised the temperature in the week-old crisis which has
pitted the prime minister against the judiciary and reignited
anti-government sentiment simmering since mass street-protests
swept Istanbul and other cities in the summer.

Dec 22, 2013

Netanyahu seeks to slow Iran-US thaw by ramping up demands of deal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – By ramping up his demands of any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to stem the tide of international diplomacy which has turned against him in recent weeks.

Netanyahu was stung by an interim agreement last month for Tehran to curb its nuclear programme in return for a limited easing of sanctions, calling it a historic mistake.

Dec 22, 2013

Analysis: Netanyahu seeks to slow Iran-U.S. thaw by ramping up demands of deal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – By ramping up his demands of any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to stem the tide of international diplomacy which has turned against him in recent weeks.

Netanyahu was stung by an interim agreement last month for Tehran to curb its nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions, calling it a historic mistake.

Dec 17, 2013

Israel frets U.S. scholars forum’s boycott may inspire others

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel dismissed as “radical leftist” a group of American scholars that has decided to boycott it but worries that other academic forums in the United States could take similar action, the deputy Israeli foreign minister said on Tuesday.

The American Studies Association (ASA) on Sunday became the largest U.S. academic group to back an anti-Israel boycott in solidarity with the Palestinians. Its vote was mostly symbolic as the group has no power to compel its some 5,000 members or any U.S. institution to heed the resolution.