The Middle East

Hawks use terror threat to defend NSA surveillance

Hawks use terror threat to defend NSA surveillance

Lawmakers used the government’s early warning of a terrorist threat to defend the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance programs on Sunday, saying the threat — which some have described as among the most serious since 9/11 – might not have been detected without the government’s aggressive intelligence-gathering tools. Sources tell CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that intelligence officials learned about… Read more →

Embassy closures show al-Qaida still poses major threat

Expert tells ‘Post’ that some in the US have said al-Qaida is dead, but closures demonstrate they are wrong. US intelligence agencies picked up on an al-Qaida plot to attack Western diplomatic delegations through surveillance technologies, members of Congress briefed on the matter said on Sunday. That led to Washington issuing a worldwide travel alert on Friday warning Americans that… Read more →

The State Department has announced that it will keep 19 embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa closed throughout the week “out of an abundance of caution” in the wake of terror threats that shut them down.

Posts in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali and Port Louis have been instructed to close for normal operations from Monday through Saturday, department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

 

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The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday — including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt — as a precautionary measure over terror-related concerns, State Department officials said.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed — only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Officials would not describe the nature of the threat.

 

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Bennett at anti-Semitism meet: Abbas wants Jew-free country

Bennett at anti-Semitism meet: Abbas wants Jew-free country

In Knesset conference on battling anti-Semitism Bennett responds to Abbas statement about Israeli-free land; Liberman wonders why no one asked PA president to apologize for Holocaust denial dissertation in peace talks. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ statementthat “in a final solution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli…on our lands” took center stage at a Knesset conference Tuesday, with… Read more →

Egypt braces for mass rallies as Morsi held for conspiring with Hamas, murder

Egypt braces for mass rallies as Morsi held for conspiring with Hamas, murder

Charges relate to the deposed president’s escape from prison with other top Brotherhood leaders; Morsi also accused of “collaboration with Hamas to undertake aggressive acts” in Egypt. CAIRO – The Egyptian army is detaining ousted President Mohamed Morsi over accusations of kidnapping, killing soldiers and other charges, the state news agency said on Friday. The army had previously said it… Read more →

Kerry to meet Palestinian president in peace talks bid

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah to try to revive peace talks with Israel. The state department announced the plan after Mr Kerry met the Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, in Amman. Palestinian officials who met earlier did not endorse a new US plan. They wanted more guarantees that talks about… Read more →

EU officially publishes settlement guidelines despite Israeli objections

EU officially publishes settlement guidelines despite Israeli objections

EU foreign policy chief Ashton says directives restricting interaction with Israeli entities beyond Green Line not meant to “prejudge” the outcome of Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiations, as Israel has suggested. The European Union, as expected, published new guidelineslimiting interaction with Israeli entities beyond the pre-1967 lines on Friday, with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton saying that this is… Read more →

Learn the truth behind terrorist organization Hezbollah: how it lies to justify murder and terror, targets Israelis & civilians around the world & oppresses the people of Southern Lebanon. Thanks to Iranian funding, Hezbollah has a stockpile of weapons “bigger than most governments in the world” that threatens the whole of Israel.
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Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Protests in Egypt: Largest Political Event in World History

Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Protests in Egypt: Largest Political Event in World History

The demonstrations that began Sunday in Cairo, Egypt against the Muslim Brotherhood government of President Mohamed Morsi have attracted “millions” of supporters and many counter-demonstrators as well, making the protest the largest political event in the history of the world, according to the BBC. The protests in Tahrir Square and throughout Egypt exceed those that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in 2011… Read more →