Thursday, December 27, 2007

Some stories making news today

Israeli security officials fear that Syria is seeking to acquire S-300 missiles, similar to those delivered by Russia to Iran. Turkish army operations against Kurdish PKK rebels in northern Iraq have increased in recent days. The Turkish authorities also announced the deaths of six rebels in fighting in south-eastern Turkey, bringing to 11 the death toll of the PKK in Turkish territory since Tuesday. (Guysen.International.News)
23:48 Israeli security officials fear that Syria is seeking to acquire S-300 missiles, similar to those delivered by Russia to Iran. (Guysen.International.News)
23:23 The chief of staff, Major General Gabi Ashkenazi, has announced that from 2008, all new recruits to the IDF will take road safety training. (Guysen.International.News)
23:11 The Foreign Minister, Tsipi Livni, is expected to travel to Moscow in January. Livni has been invited by her Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. The discussions between the two ministers will focus on the peace conference that Russia wants to hold and Iran's nuclear program. (Guysen.International.News)
22:38 Billionaire Lev Levaiev, president of the Africa Israel group, will be leaving Israel soon to live in London. The news was announced tonight by the Israeli Channel 2. (Guysen.International.News)
22:18 The American President, George Bush, has decided to grant $555 billion dollars to finance the continuation of the American armed operations in Iraq. (Guysen.International.News)
21:34 Following the firing of kassams on Sderot, Magen David Adom personnel were dispatched to evacuate a person in shock. The victim was transferred to the Barzilai hospital. (Guysen.International.News)
21:19 The president of the University of Tel Aviv has spoken out against the issuance of return to work orders for striking professors and lecturers. The president, Tsvi Galili, said: ''The Treasury is strangling the universities, and I can understand the lack of confidence felt by the professors in the ministry.'' (Guysen.International.News)
21:05 A third kassam rocket has landed between Gevim and Nir Am. No injuries were reported. (Guysen.International.News)
20:51 Two kassam rockets landed near Sderot. The first landed close to the academic college Sapir. The point of impact of the second rocket had not yet been located. (Guysen.International.News)
20:38 68 MKs and 7 ministers underwent tests for diabetes on Wednesday. In total, 163 people who work in the Knesset buildings underwent the tests, which were conducted as part of a diabetes awareness campaign. (Guysen.International.News)
19:47 According to a poll published on Tuesday by the newspaper Maariv, 67% of Israelis are opposed to the release of Palestinian prisoners involved in murders in exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit. According to the same survey, 59% of respondents were against a cease-fire with Hamas. 46% say that Israel should launch a large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip, compared with 45% who expressed opposition to such a project. (Guysen.International.News)
19:19 Professors at the Technion in Haifa have signed a petition calling for the resignation of the president of the institution, Yitzhak Apeloig. To note, professors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem took a similar approach a few days ago. (Guysen.International.News)
18:48 ''I do not intend to resign after the publication of the findings of the Winograd Commission''. The Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, said this on Wednesay in an interview with several members of Meretz. (Guysen.International.News)
18:17 The spiritual leader of Shas, Rav Ovadia Yosef, and the minister Elie Yishai, met with the Egyptian consul in Israel, on Wednesday. The three men discussed at length the fate of the captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The Egyptian consul promised to pass on their requests to Cairo. The meeting was held in the private residence of the Rabbi. (Guysen.International.News)
17:33 Road accidents: 110 people were injured, including one seriously, in 83 accidents, according to information provided by the Magen David Adom today. (Guysen.International.News)
17:19 For the first time since the Annapolis summit, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet on Thursday. The meeting will be held at the office of the Israeli prime minister in Jerusalem. Teams of Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have met twice since the international conference, with no substantive progress. (Guysen.International.News)
14:52 The meeting between Defence Minister Ehud Barak of Israel, and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, has ended. Barak stated, inter alia, at the end of this meeting, that ''in the future direct dialogue will be favored.'' The Labor leader and Defence Minister also met with his Egyptian counterpart and the Egyptian intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman. (Guysen.International.News)
14:09 Iran has signed a gas agreement with Malaysia, for the development of two offshore gas fields in the Gulf. ''The investment for this project is estimated at approximately six billion dollars,'' the Iranian Minister of Petroleum, Gholam Hossein Nozari, said. (Guysen.International.News)
13:45 Iran has signed a contract to build Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems. The Iranian Defense Minister, Mustafa Mohamed Nadjar, said that the transaction was concluded during the visit of a Russian military delegation to Tehran on Tuesday. (Guysen.International.News)

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