Middle East

Iran tests short-range missile with new guidance system

Iran tests short-range missile with new guidance system

By Yeganeh Torbati

DUBAI

 

Sat Aug 4, 2012

(Reuters) - Iran has test-fired a new, more accurate short-range missile capable of striking land and sea targets, it said on Saturday, a show of strength that underscored its ability to hit shipping in the Strait of Hormuz if attacked.

Israel Finds $240 Billion Gas Hoard Stranded by Politics: Energy

Israel Finds $240 Billion Gas Hoard Stranded by Politics: Energy

 

Bloomberg

3 August 2012

 

Israel, reliant on imported energy since the state’s foundation in 1948, now has more natural gas than it can handle.

Noble Energy Inc. (NBL), Delek Group Ltd. (DLEKG) and other explorers have discovered enough gas under the Mediterranean Sea to supply Israel’s needs for 150 years. To profit from the finds sooner, the companies want to export the gas by pipeline or ship. As the Ministry of Energy prepares to publish a blueprint for developing the fields later this month, officials say the country’s economy and security must come first and shipments abroad limited.

Syria crisis: UN General Assembly to vote on resolution

Syria crisis: UN General Assembly to vote on resolution

 

BBC News

3 August 2012

 

The UN General Assembly is due to vote on a resolution that condemns the Security Council for failing to stop the violence in Syria.

The text is not legally binding but is intended to increase pressure on the council to take action.

Amnesty: 'World did too little too late in Syria'

Amnesty: 'World did too little too late in Syria'

Deutsche Welle

2 August 2012

 

The Syrian regime's brutality radicalized the opposition and escalated the civil war, says Donatella Rovera of Amnesty International. She spoke to DW after spending several weeks undercover in Aleppo.

DW: Ms. Rovera, in Aleppo and the surrounding area you saw the government abusing power in several different ways. You even saw how the health system could be used as a weapon.

Annan Quits Syria Role

Annan Quits Syria Role 

 

Kofi Annan said Thursday he will quit his high-profile role as special envoy to Syria at the end of the month, delivering blistering criticism of world powers' failure to unite to stop the country's…

Kofi Annan resigns as Syria envoy

Kofi Annan resigns as Syria envoy

The Guardian

2 August 2012

International disarray over the bloody crisis in Syria has been starkly underlined when the UN envoy Kofi Annan announced that he was resigning because of the failure of what he said had become a "mission impossible".

The former UN secretary general said it had been a "sacred duty" to take up the position five months ago to try to find a solution to the conflict. But growing militarisation and a lack of unity among world powers had changed the circumstances.

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