Month: August 2010

Props for creativity. A 31-year-old Thai woman was caught trying to smuggle a two-month-old tiger to Iran in an oversized suitcase that was filled with stuffed animals. The bag caught the attention of Bangkok airport security when it went through the X-ray machine and they saw bones in it. The baby tiger had been tranquilized, […]

Israel and the Palestinians are set to resume direct talks in Washington on Thursday in a bid to revive efforts to end the Middle East conflict. And the timing here is key. A 10-month freeze on Israeli settlement construction expires on September 26, which is why the US was pushing for a September 2 relaunch […]

A senior rabbi in Israel’s ruling coalition has called for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “vanish from our world.” “May all the nasty people who hate Israel, like [Abbas], vanish from our world,” said Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, head of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, in his weekly sermon on Saturday night. “May God strike them down […]

Iran went all Mean Girls on French First lady Carla Bruni over the weekend. State-controlled Iranian newspaper Kayhan called Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy a “prostitute” after she signed a petition calling for the release of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning after she was accused of adultery and involvement in her […]

Beirut should become weapons-free in reality, and not just a media slogan, the Future bloc said in a statement on Thursday. Authorities should arrest and prosecute anyone carrying illegal weapons, “starting from Beirut to the airport road,” it added. Here’s what you should read between the lines: It’s time to rehash the weapons debate in […]