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AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 22, 2014, file photo, Israeli police officers secure a destroyed house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinians militants from Gaza, in Yahud, a Tel Aviv suburb near the airport, central Israel. The third Gaza war is playing out very much like the first one some five years ago: We are now at the stage where the harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants which are the reason for the Israeli assault. In 2009, Hamas was firing relatively small projectiles with minimal range, mostly aimed at border communities surrounding the blockaded Gaza Strip. Now Hamas is firing at Tel Aviv, which is 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the strip, and even at some cities beyond. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)CAIRO (AP) — The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 6:56 pm

Pro-Gaza rally held in Berlin under close police watch

A demonstrator on a lamp post waves the Palestinian flag during a rally for Al-Quds Day, an event intended to express solidarity with the Palestinian people, on July 25, 2014 in Berlin, GermanyAbout 1,000 pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through Berlin Friday, closely watched by police for any banned anti-Semitic slogans and separated from pro-Israel rallies. More than 1,000 officers were on guard in the rainy capital for the rally against Israel's Gaza offensive that has killed more than 845 people, most of them Palestinian civilians. "We are keeping the groups apart," a police spokesman told AFP. Protesters shouted slogans such as "Israel, child killers" and "Stop killing the innocents" but avoided chants against "Jews".

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 6:19 pm

Hezbollah chief makes rare public appearance for Gaza

Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah makes a rare public appearance to show solidarity with Gaza on the annual Iran-led Jerusalem Day commemoration on July 25, 2014 in BeirutLebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah made a rare public appearance on Friday to show solidarity with Gaza on the annual Iran-led Jerusalem Day commemoration, an AFP correspondent reported. It was only the fifth public appearance by the head of the Shiite militant group, who has topped Israel's wanted list since even before their deadly conflict in 2006. Nasrallah appeared on stage from behind a curtain to wild applause from the thousands in the crowd at the indoor venue in a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 6:16 pm

Iran detains four journalists, three of them Iranian-American, says CPJ

The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian is shown in this Washington Post photoBy Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) – (This story corrects name of UAE-based newspaper in para 2 to the National (not the Nation)) The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday called on the Iranian government to immediately release four detained journalists, three of whom it said had U.S.-Iranian nationality. Two of the detainees are Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for the Washington Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for the United Arab Emirates-based newspaper the National, the CPJ said in a statement. "We call on Iranian authorities to immediately explain why Jason Rezaian, Yeganeh Salehi, and two other journalists have been detained, and we call for their immediate release," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 5:28 pm

Hezbollah leader vows to support Gazans

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah speaks during a rally to mark Jerusalem Day or Al-Quds day, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, July 25, 2014. Nasrallah said that the "resistance" in Gaza became victorious after the Zionists and all their backers worldwide failed in achieving any of their goals. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group vowed on Friday to support Palestinian militants battling Israeli troops in Gaza, even as his own fighters are bogged down in the war in neighboring Syria.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 5:23 pm

Georgia says seized heroin belongs to Taliban

By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia’s interior minister said on Friday that $400 million of heroin seized earlier this month, in the country’s biggest ever drugs haul, belonged to the Taliban and was headed for Europe. Ex-Soviet Georgia is on a drug trafficking route between Asia and Europe, often originating in Afghanistan and moving westward via Iran and the South Caucasus to Russia, Turkey or Western Europe, according to a recent U.S. State Department report. Georgian police arrested two Georgian citizens after finding 2.79 tonnes of liquid heroin in a truck that had entered Georgia from neighboring Azerbaijan. The truck was carrying 93 30-litre plastic barrels filled with an illegal substance that was 80 percent heroin, the police said.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 5:08 pm

Despite Syria rift, Hezbollah pledges full support to Hamas

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah pledged full support on Friday to the Palestinian group Hamas in its conflict with Israel despite a deep rift between the two militant organizations over the civil war in Syria. “We in Hezbollah will be unstinting in all forms of support, assistance and aid that we are able to provide,” Nasrallah said. Nasrallah delivered his speech in public in Hezbollah’s stronghold of south Beirut, a rare event for the militant Shi’ite Lebanese leader who has lived in hiding, fearing for his security, after Hezbollah’s 2006 war with Israel. Shi’ite Hezbollah has sent thousands of fighters into Syria to fight alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, helping turn the tide against overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim rebels.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 4:50 pm

Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran confirmed on Friday that it has detained four journalists, including a reporter for The Washington Post and two freelance photographers, but did not disclose details about why they were being held.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 3:56 pm

Iranians tell Palestinians to fight against Israel: state TV

By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) – Iranians took part in huge rallies across the country on Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians, urging them to keep up their struggle despite the Israeli assault on Gaza, Iranian state television reported. They chanted “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” and carried pictures of Palestinian children killed in Gaza. State media said “millions” of people joined the rallies nationwide, which were called to mark Iran’s annual day of solidarity with Palestinians. The Iranian government has condemned Israel’s offensive against Gaza, which has killed more than 800 people, most of them civilians.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:29 pm

Iran confirms arrest of Washington Post correspondent

Iranian police officers stand guard in Tehran on April 22, 2007Tehran's chief justice Gholamhossein Esmaili on Friday confirmed the arrest of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, also a journalist, the official IRNA news agency reported. I think we will be able to provide more information after technical investigation and questioning," Esmaili said, without saying why the couple had been arrested. The Washington Post said on Thursday Rezaian appeared to have been detained in Iran with his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two freelance photojournalists.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 8:46 am

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Iran Gives Gaza Palestinians Huge Show of Support – Voice of America


Voice of America

Iran Gives Gaza Palestinians Huge Show of Support
Voice of America
State media said “millions” of people joined the rallies nationwide, called to mark Iran's annual day of solidarity with Palestinians, al-Quds Day, on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Quds is the Arabic word for Jerusalem, one of
Iran rallies for Gaza, Rouhani slams world 'silence'The Daily Star
Huge Iran al-Quds Day rallies call for 'Death to Israel'The Times of Israel
Thousands in Iran protest Israeli offensive in GazaAl Jazeera America
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Posted on 25 July 2014 | 6:27 pm

Iran confirms arrest of Post correspondent – Washington Post


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Iran confirms arrest of Post correspondent
Washington Post
Iran confirmed Friday that The Washington Post's correspondent in Tehran has been arrested on unspecified charges. Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, director general of the Tehran Province Justice Department, told reporters that the “Washington Post journalist …
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian held in IranBBC News
Washington Post's Tehran reporter and three other journalists arrested in IranThe Guardian
Washington Post Reporter Apparently Detained in IranNew York Times
CNN -ABC News
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Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:13 pm

US court finds Iran, North Korea liable for damages for 2006 rocket attacks – Jerusalem Post


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US court finds Iran, North Korea liable for damages for 2006 rocket attacks
Jerusalem Post
… in hiding these weapons in underground bunkers, and training in utilizing these weapons and bunkers to cause terrorist rocket attacks on Israel's civilian population,” while “Iran financed North Korea's assistance and helped transport weapons to
US Court Finds N. Korea, Iran Liable For Aiding Hezbollah in 2006 War Against TheTower.org

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Posted on 25 July 2014 | 12:57 am

Washington Post Correspondent Among Four Journalists Reported Detained in … – Newsweek


Newsweek

Washington Post Correspondent Among Four Journalists Reported Detained in
Newsweek
The Iran correspondent for The Washington Post is one of four journalists, including three American citizens, detained in Tehran this week, according to the paper and U.S. officials. Jason Rezaian, the Post's correspondent in Tehran since 2012, and his

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 9:30 pm

Washington Post Correspondent Jason Rezaian, Three Others, Reportedly … – Huffington Post


Washington Post Correspondent Jason Rezaian, Three Others, Reportedly
Huffington Post
NEW YORK — Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for The Washington Post, appears to be detained in Iran, the paper revealed Thursday. The Post reported that his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two others were also detained Tuesday evening. Rezaian …

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 8:30 pm

Washington Post journalist among 3 US citizens reportedly detained in Iran – Fox News


Fox News

Washington Post journalist among 3 US citizens reportedly detained in Iran
Fox News
Three American citizens, including a Washington Post journalist, are believed to be detained in Tehran, U.S. officials and the newspaper said. Jason Rezaian, the newspaper's Tehran bureau chief, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, have been held since

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 7:37 pm

MH17 tragedy brings back memories of Iran Air Flight 655 – National Post


National Post

MH17 tragedy brings back memories of Iran Air Flight 655
National Post
But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing the entire episode as a tragic fluke, it's worth looking back at another doomed passenger plane—Iran Air Flight 655—shot down on July 3, 1988, not by some scruffy rebel
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and Iran Air Flight 655The National Interest Online (blog)

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Posted on 24 July 2014 | 6:36 pm

Post reporter, other journalists appear to have been detained in Iran – Washington Post


Post reporter, other journalists appear to have been detained in Iran
Washington Post
Three American citizens, including The Washington Post's correspondent in Iran, appear to have been detained this week in Tehran, U.S. officials and the newspaper said Thursday. Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl said the newspaper has …

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 6:33 pm

Iran and its nuclear plans – The Economist


The National Interest Online

Iran and its nuclear plans
The Economist
AFTER some unconvincing last-minute brinkmanship, Iran and the six world powers it is negotiating with decided on July 18th to extend the deadline for an agreement by four months. The negotiators, seeking to secure a deal to curb Iran's nuclear
Missed deadline on Iran nuclear talks sparks a blame gameLos Angeles Times
When Iran Comes In from the Cold…The National Interest Online
Iran Negotiations Cannot Be Based on “Breakout” AloneWar on the Rocks
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Posted on 24 July 2014 | 4:48 pm

Boeing Secures Agreement to Sell Parts to Iran – Wall Street Journal


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Boeing Secures Agreement to Sell Parts to Iran
Wall Street Journal
In a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission late Wednesday, the Chicago-based commercial aircraft manufacturer said it had "entered into an agreement and engaged in related discussions with Iran Air" setting forth the general conditions
Senate Moves to Stop $2.8 Billion Cash Infusion to IranWashington Free Beacon
Why overtime in nuclear talks with Iran is better than game overAl Jazeera America
Iran's Diplomatic QuagmireCommentary Magazine
The Daily Star -The Hill (blog)
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Posted on 24 July 2014 | 10:41 am