The Middle East

Thousands of protesters tried to reclaim Taksim Square on Tuesday night, mocking the police and calling them to leave. Some engaged in direct confrontation, launching fireworks, throwing stones, and lighting fires. A van standing on the square was set alight in the process. Police fired back, bombarding the crowds with tear gas, and pushing them in the narrow streets with water canon. Scores of flag and flare-wielding protesters had to flee the square, some leaving for Gezi Park, where some tear gas was also reportedly fired.

Rallies in Turkey that began on May 31 have spread across the country. Police fired tear gas and water cannons at the initial protesters who turned out against the plan to covert Istanbul’s main Gezi Park into a shopping center. The demonstrations then mushroomed into angry riots against the authorities and the police’s response. Over 3,000 people have been injured in clashes, and at least two have died.

June 6 – Syrian rebels reportedly capture a U.N.-manned border crossing in the Golan Heights amid fierce fighting across the region.

Clashes between protesters and police continued throughout the night in Turkey – but limited mainly to Ankara and Istanbul.

U.S. publishes details of missile base Israel wanted kept secret

U.S. publishes details of missile base Israel wanted kept secret

(Photo: Wikipedia) TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel’s military fumed Monday over the discovery that the U.S. government had revealed details of a top-secret Israeli military installation in published bid requests. The Obama administration had promised to build Israel a state-of-the-art facility to house a new ballistic-missile defense system, the Arrow 3. As with all Defense Department projects, detailed specifications were made… Read more →

AnaIysis: Israel could swoop on S-300 missiles in Syria, but with risks

AnaIysis: Israel could swoop on S-300 missiles in Syria, but with risks

(Photo: Wikipedia) (Reuters) - Israel could overcome advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles if they were deployed in Syriabut any strikes on the system would be difficult and risk alienating its supplier, Russia. Israel has pledged to take preventive action, seeing a future Syrian S-300 as a “game-changing” threat to its own air space as well as to the relative free rein with which it now overflies… Read more →

Russia disclosed that it will provide Syria with sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles

Fears are growing of a foreign-fed arms race in Syria as the European Union, driven by Britain and France, decided to allow weapons to be sold to the rebels, and Russia disclosed that it will provide Syria with sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles. Either development would significantly raise the firepower in the two-year civil war has already killed more than 70,000 people… Read more →

http://www.euronews.com/ Authorities in southern Turkey say they have detained four more suspects in connection with twin car bomb attacks last weekend. It means the total number of arrests after the bombs has risen to 17. Turkish media also say a car has been found which it is suspected was due to be used for a third attack.