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Israel has rebuffed a UN call to adhere to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and open itself to international inspectors, calling the suggestion a “meaningless mechanical vote” of a body that “lost all its credibility regarding Israel.”

In a 174-6 vote, the United Nations General Assembly demanded in a non-binding call that Tel Aviv join the NPT “without further delay,” in an effort to create a legally binding nuclear-free Middle East.

Washington, Israel’s strongest ally, surprised no one by voting against the resolution – but did approve two paragraphs that were voted on separately, which called for universal adherence to the NPT and for all non-signatory governments to join.

The UN body “has lost all its credibility regarding Israel with these types of routine votes that are ensured passage by an automatic majority and which single out Israel,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor was quoted by Jerusalem Post as saying.






Larijani : Solution in Syria Should be Through Dialogue

Tehran, (ST) - Speaker of Iranian Shura Council, Ali Larijani has assured that the solution in Syria should be through national dialogue among the Syrians, quitting the support to terrorists and halting terrorism.

During a meeting with the Syrian Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Subhi al-Abdullah in Tehran, Larijani stressed that Syria is facing a big conspiracy and paying the price for its stances in supporting the resistance, adding that we should support Syria because Syria is in the front line of resistance.

Larijani confirmed the need for conducting the national dialogue away from foreign intervention, reiterating the Shura Council's support to the Iranian government's decisions to support Syria people and government.

He pointed out to the enemies' frustration over the steadfast stands of the Syrian people in the face of the western-U.S. conspiracy.

For his part, Minister al-Abdullah stressed the Syrian government's determination to carry out reforms and confront terrorism which targets the Syrian people, their properties and infrastructure, adding that the government has called for holding a dialogue under the umbrella of the homeland.

Mr. Al-Abdullah reviewed what has been achieved over the past two days in terms of cooperation with Iranian institutions in the field of agriculture, food industries and livestock.

He underlined the importance of unifying efforts to develop joint cooperation forward and cementing Syria's steadfastness against the terrorist war launched against Syria.

TheMinister and members of the accompanying delegation held talks with his Iranian counterpart Sadeq Khalilian, The two sides affirmed the need for enhancing and reactivating trade exchange in the field of  fertilizers, olive oil, citrus and livestock.


Egypt crisis: Clashes in Cairo amid constitution row

Rival protesters have clashed outside the presidential palace in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, as unrest grows over a controversial draft constitution.

Stones were thrown and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi dismantled tents set up by anti-Morsi protesters.

Vice President Mahmoud Mekki has said a referendum on the draft will go ahead on 15 December despite the unrest.

But he indicated that changes could be made after the vote, saying the "door for dialogue" remained open,according to BBC and Reuters.

He urged critics of the draft document to put their concerns in writing for future discussion.

The critics say the draft was rushed through parliament without proper consultation and that it does not do enough to protect political and religious freedoms and the rights of women.

The draft added to the anger generated by Morsi passing a decree in late November which granted him wide-ranging new powers.

In a news conference broadcast live on state television, Mekki said there was "real political will to pass the current period and respond to the demands of the public".

But he said there "must be consensus" on the constitution, and that "the door for dialogue is open for those who object to the draft".

"I am completely confident that if not in the coming hours, in the next few days we will reach a breakthrough in the crisis and consensus," he said.

He stressed his proposal that the opposition put their concerns about particular parts of the constitution into writing was "not a formal initiative but a personal idea".

Opposition leader Amr Moussa told Reuters he was in discussion with other politicians, but that he wanted to receive a formal request for dialogue from the president.

"We are ready when there is something formal, something expressed in definite terms; we will not ignore it, especially if there is something useful," he said.

It has spoken about the need for dialogue for some time but has offered few concessions which would end the crisis, he adds.

On Tuesday, tens of thousands of anti-Morsi demonstrators besieged the palace, clashing with police who fired tear gas.

Eighteen people were slightly injured in the brief burst of violence, the official Mena news agency reported.

At one point, the security forces issued a televised statement saying President Morsi had left the building.

Many of those gathered outside the palace, in the suburb of Heliopolis, chanted slogans similar to those directed against the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak during the uprising in February 2011.

President Morsi adopted sweeping new powers in a decree on 22 November, and stripped the judiciary of any power to challenge his decisions.


Clashes outside Egypt presidential palace in Cairo

Police have fired tear gas in clashes with tens of thousands of protesters gathered near the presidential palace in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Some of the protesters cut through barbed wire around the palace,according to BBC.

Crowds have been gathering to protest against what they say is the rushed drafting of a new constitution and the decision by President Mohammed Morsi to extend his powers.

Morsi was in the palace but left as the crowds grew, sources there said.

Many of those gathered outside chanted slogans similar to those directed against the regime of former president Hosni Mubarak during protests in February 2011.

Tear gas was fired after protesters managed to breach a barbed wire cordon surrounding the palace, correspondents say.

But the police quickly retreated, allowing protesters to get closer to the palace walls.

Eighteen people were injured in the brief burst of violence but none seriously, the official Mena news agency reported.

In a statement read out on television, Egyptian security forces called for calm among the protesters.

As well as the protest outside the presidential palace in the suburb of Heliopolis, thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

A sizeable crowd has also turned out in Egypt's second city Alexandria.

Several newspapers refused to go to press on Tuesday in protest at what they say is the lack of press freedom in the constitution.

Morsi adopted sweeping new powers in a decree on 22 November, and stripped the judiciary of any power to challenge his decisions.

He has also called a nationwide referendum for 15 December on a new constitution, which opponents say has been rushed through and fails to protect the rights of minorities, particularly women.

Morsi, who narrowly won Egypt's first free presidential election in June, says he will give up his new powers once a new constitution is ratified.

His actions have brought out thousands, both his supporters and his opponents, in recent days.


MP Saqr admits authenticity of audio recordings

LONDON, (ST) _After many days of silence,the member of the Lebanon's Future Bloc, Oqab Saqer, confirmed authenticity of a recent audio recordings that reveals his involvement in shedding the Syrian blood and destroying Syria.

“Yes. This is my voice and those are my words. I am not in the habit of denying my words or voice and I am not ashamed of what I have done and am doing,” Saqr told the Saudi Ash-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper.

He sees that he is serving the interest of his country in the first place. But he didn't clarify what is the interest in destroying a neighboring country and shedding the blood of a brotherly people.

Saqer said that he is personally responsible for all his deeds contradicting his previous remark to OTV channel in which he stressed that he was acting at the behest of Saad Hariri, the head of the Future Bloc.

Terrorists' Relation with Lebanon's  Future Bloc

Following the confession of Saqer, terrorist Louay al-Mikdak, the coordinator of the higher military council of the so-called Free Army, confirmed that the voice recordings are authentic, affirming that there's a joint operations room between the Free Army and the Future Bloc and Saad al-Hariri.

In a televised interview, al-Mikdak confessed that the Future Bloc and Saad al-Hariri personally are committed to backing them by all means, and that the person in charge of this task has become known, in a reference to Saqer.

"Saqer will present documents about the nature of the joint operations room and his role in it," blatantly said al-Mikdak, downplaying the significance of the lawsuits filed against him and Saqer for smuggling weapons into Syria.

Anticipated step

In this context, the Lebanese al-Akhbar newspaper noted that Saqer is trying to anticipate what might be unveiled later about his involvement in other issues related to Lebanon besides his other roles in providing the armed terrorist groups with arms to commit massacres against the Syrian citizens.

"Saqr,who requested to lift his immunity and expressed his readiness o face any potential legal measures in the case, will take the position of attack instead of defending himself," a close source to Saqer told the paper.

Wanted by Interpol

According to the Lebanese "al-Diyar" paper, Saqr plus other five retired officers from the Lebanese army are on the list of people wanted by the Interpol.

The paper said: "The Huge has arraigned Saqr for investigation over this case."

Tens of Lebanese Gunmen Entered Syria

On the other hand, the Lebanese "al-Akhbar"newspaper reported that the Lebanese gunmen recently killed in Talkalakh in Syria were one of dozen of gunmen entered Syria from Lebanon.

The paper said that these gunmen funded by a Lebanese MP are called "Jihad Migrations".

In a news report published on Monday, al-Akhbar noted that the majority of the hundreds of gunmen in the so-called "al-Wadi Battalion" headed by Adbul-Salam H, a Syrian with good connections with a Lebanese MP, are Lebanese.

"Groups of Lebanese gunmen,who are periodically entering Syria for 'Jihad', contain persons escaped from Romyyeh prison in Lebanon in May,"said  the paper.

It underlined that the Lebanese gunmen killed in Talkalakh went to Syria upon invitation by "KH. M.", a leader in Fath al-Islam organization, who called them to come to establish an Islamic Emirate in an area near Homs.