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Saudi invites Iran for extraordinary Muslim summit

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud (right) greets Iranian President Mahmoud.
Saudi King Abdullah invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for an extraordinary summit of Muslim leaders to be held this month in the holy city of Mecca, state news agency SPA reported Sunday.

The Saudi monarch "sent a written letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inviting him to attend the extraordinary Islamic solidarity meeting which will be held in Mecca" in mid-August, SPA reported.

Tensions have been running high between the Sunni-dominated kingdom and Shiite Iran as both regional powers had taken opposite stances on the uprisings in Bahrain and Syria.


Iran TV airs confessions in murder of scientists

Iranian state television on Sunday broadcast purported confessions by more than a dozen suspects in connection with the killing of five nuclear scientists since 2010.

The broadcast showed some of the suspects re-enacting the assassinations in different districts of the capital Tehran. The 14 suspects shown on TV included eight men and six women.

The TV showed pictures from a military garrison it said was a training camp outside Tel Aviv in Israel. It said the suspects took courses there, including how to place magnetic bombs on cars - the method used in the killing of the scientists.

Iran says the attacks are part of a covert campaign by Israel and the West to sabotage its nuclear program, which the U.S. and its allies suspect is aimed at producing nuclear weapons. Iran denies that.

Iran's intelligence chief, Heidar Moslehi, had promised recently to provide detailed TV pictures about the case.


Iranian state goes offline to dodge cyber-attacks

© Getty A student surfing the internet in Tehran.
Iran is to move key ministries and state bodies off the worldwide internet next month in an effort to shield them behind a secure computer wall from disruptive cyber attacks like the Stuxnet and Flame viruses.

Reza Taghipour, the country's telecommunications minister, said the step was being taken because sensitive intelligence was vulnerable on the worldwide web, which he said was untrustworthy because it was controlled by "one or two" countries hostile to Iran.

"The establishment of the national intelligence network will create a situation where the precious intelligence of the country won't be accessible to these powers," Mr Taghipour told a conference on Sunday at Tehran's Amir Kabir University.

He described the move as the first phase of a project to replace the global internet with a domestic intranet system scheduled to be completed within 18 months.

Opponents have previously denounced the plan as a means of stamping out western influence on the internet while further tightening already stringent online surveillance of political activists and regime critics.

While Iranian officials have repeatedly spoken about creating their own alternative to the internet, the latest announcement follows the upheaval wreaked by Stuxnet and Flame, both of which are believed to have been developed jointly by the US and Israel.


Half a million disabled people may lose benefits under reforms

Charities reacted with horror as the Government announced that Atos and another private company, Capita, had won three contracts to run a new work-capability check for disabled people being brought in next year.

The Government has suggested that half a million people could lose their benefits as part of the reforms, which affect working age disabled people from April next year. Children and pensioners will not be affected.

The companies will assess disabled people for a benefit to help with their higher costs of living, called the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which replaces the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).


Ex-Mossad chief: "If I were an Iranian, I would be very fearful of the next 12 weeks"

TEL AVIV (JTA) -- Efraim Halevy, a former chief of the Mossad intelligence agency, hinted at the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran in the coming months.

"If I were an Iranian, I would be very fearful of the next 12 weeks," Halevy told The New York Times.

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met in Israel with his Israeli counterpart, Ehud Barak, as well as President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Times reported that some American officials believe that Israel may attack Iran this year.

Speaking Wednesday in Israel, Panetta said the United States is committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

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Psychopathic Laws: New Regulation Bars Palestinians and Immigrants from Using Israeli Courts

Israeli Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman has enacted a new regulation that effectively limits the ability of Palestinians and immigrants to file lawsuits in Israeli courts.

Yaakov Neeman
© Ha'aretzIsraeli Justice Minister, Yaakov Neeman.
According to the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, the new regulation would require anyone filing a claim in Israeli courts to provide their Israeli ID number or foreign passport number. Palestinians from the occupied territories or stateless individuals without passports would effectively be banned from filing grievances with the courts when this order goes into effect on September 1.

Comment: What hope is there for a nation which designs laws and regulations to protect abuse and injustice? And what will the future hold for a world that does not denounce such psychopathic behavior? Reading the history of Nazism should make the answer rather obvious.


Man pointed as Sikh temple shooter had been involved in military psyops

Sikh temple shooter
© Getty Images
The man who fatally shot six people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin was identified today as Army veteran Wade Michael Page, 40, who washed out of the military in 1998 after a six-year hitch.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that has studied hate crimes for decades, says on its website that Page was a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band known as End Apathy.

Heidi Beirich, director of the center's intelligence project, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that her group had been tracking Page since 2000, when he tried to purchase goods from the National Alliance, a well-known hate group.

Comment: Then again there may have been three more shooters according to a witness.


Newark TSA screeners lose woman who 'tested positive for explosives' and allow her to leave on a plane for Cleveland... and then put the airport on lock down and cancel 100 flights

TSA screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport lost a woman who reportedly tested positive for explosives on Sunday and only put the airport on lock-down when she boarded a flight to Cleveland, Ohio.

Earlier in the day, the Transportation Security Administration at the airport misplaced a piece of checked luggage that had also tested positive for explosives and couldn't find it for 45 minutes. The bomb squad cleared the oversize bag -- but only two and a half hours after it was discovered.

The security failures caused more than 100 flights at the busy airport to be cancelled and dozens more delayed as furious passengers waited for hours -- only to learn their planes were not going to take off. About 8.45am, a woman slipped through a TSA checkpoint at Terminal C before being fully screened.

Fox 5 New York reported that the woman was flagged in a preliminary test for explosives. The TSA refused to comment on the report that possible explosives were involved.
© Fox 5Furious: Fliers stood in line for hours after the security bungle at Newark Liberty International Airport


Two Nato Containers Set Ablaze Near Khuzdar

© The Associated PressTrucks carry supplies for Nato forces
Quetta - Two tankers carrying oil were set on fire by armed men in Khuzdar district, some 360 km southeast of Quetta, while security forces in Sui area of Dera Bugti recovered 60 kg of explosive material, in a separate incident, on Sunday.

According to Levies Force sources, two oil tankers were heading towards Quetta from Karachi when unidentified armed men opened fire on them at Ornach area on National Highway. No loss of life was reported, Levies force said. The attackers fled from the scene after the incident. The Levies force cordoned off the entire area to track down the suspects. Further probe was underway.

Meanwhile, security forces in Sui area of Dera Bugti recovered 60 kilogrammes of explosive material, which was later defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad. No arrest was made in the connection.


"Suicide Bomber" in Nigeria Kills Six Soldiers, One Civilian

Kano - A suicide bomber in a car rammed into a military patrol on Sunday in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu, killing himself, at least six soldiers and a civilian, authorities said.

"He detonated the bomb he was carrying in his car, killing himself. Six soldiers were also killed, nine others were injured and are in hospital," Patrick Egbuniwe, the Yobe state police commissioner, told AFP.

"One civilian was killed and another one injured," he added.

A statement purportedly from a spokesman for radical Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the bomber detonated the explosives when soldiers tried to stop him at a checkpoint.

Egbuniwe said the bomber was being chased by a military patrol vehicle and the driver detonated the bomb and blew himself up when soldiers closed in on him.

A security source said the attacker rammed into a multiple vehicle military convoy, affecting two of the vehicles.

Damaturu is the capital of Yobe state, which has been hard hit by attacks blamed on Boko Haram.

Sunday's attack follows a suicide bomber's attempt to assassinate Yobe state's top traditional Muslim leader, the Emir of Fika, on Friday.