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01.11.07 Democrats plan to fight expansion of troops
WASHINGTON, January 11 The new Democratic leaders of Congress on Wednesday accused President Bush of ignoring strong American sentiment against the war in Iraq and said they would build a bipartisan campaign against his proposed military expansion. Democrats continued to debate how assertively to confront Mr. Bush over his plan. House Democrats said that they would seek to attach conditions to the spending request Mr. Bush will send to Congress soon and that those conditions, if not met, could lead Congress to limit or halt money for wider military operations.
01.11.07 US raid on Iranian consulate angers Kurds
BAGHDAD, January 11 The US military operation Thursday in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil that resulted in the arrests of six Iranians has drawn a sharp denunciation from Iraq's Kurdish regional government. A spokesman for the autonomous regional government and its presidency expressed their "alarm" and condemned the Thursday morning operation. They characterized it as a raid on the Iranian consulate in Irbil, "which opened in the provincial capital in an agreement between the Iraqi government and the Iranian government."
01.11.07 Feds: Hezbollah growing threat to US
WASHINGTON (AP) January 11 Al Qaeda still poses the gravest terrorism threat to the United States, and an emboldened Hezbollah is a growing danger, the US intelligence chief said Thursday. In his annual review of global threats, National Intelligence Director John Negroponte highlighted an increasingly worrisome posture of Hezbollah backed by Iran and Syria since its 34-day war with Israel in July and August. "As a result of last summer's hostilities, Hezbollah's self-confidence and hostility toward the US as a supporter of Israel could cause the group to increase its contingency planning against US interests," Negroponte told the Senate Intelligence Committee in written testimony. [More>>cbsnews.com]
01.11.07 Afghan, NATO forces kill up to 150 militants
KABUL (AFP) January 11 NATO-led and Afghan forces have unleashed air and ground strikes on a group of insurgents spotted infiltrating into Afghanistan from Pakistan, killing up to 150 of them, officials said. The men were seen gathering on the Pakistan side of the border and crossing into the eastern province of Paktika in two large groups, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Thursday. They were "monitored, tracked and subsequently engaged in Afghanistan, through the coordinated use of both air and ground fire in a series of engagements," it said in a statement. Afghan defence ministry spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi told AFP that NATO bombed the insurgents just two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the Pakistan border in Barmal district. Afghan ground forces also attacked, he said. [More>>turkishpress.com]
01.11.07 Six Iraqis killed in Baghdad attacks
BAGHDAD, January 11 Six Iraqis were shot dead, including five police officers, in Baghdad attacks on Thursday just hours after US President George W. Bush declared he would send more than 20,000 new troops to Iraq. [More>>thenews.com.pk]
01.11.07 Suspected bird flu kills Japan chickens
TOKYO, January 12 An outbreak of suspected bird flu killed about 750 chickens on a farm on south Japan's Kyushu island, a farm ministry official in Tokyo said. The farm, which has over 12,000 birds, is located in the small town of Kiyotake in Miyazaki Prefecture, an area devoted mainly to forestry and farming. If bird flu is confirmed, all the chickens on the farm will be destroyed, he said. It was not known if any humans were infected. The farm will be placed in quarantine and local authorities are urging people to stay away from the area. [>news.com.au]
01.10.07 Bush orders US troop buildup in Iraq
WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) January 10 President Bush on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time he erred by failing to order a military buildup in Iraq last year and said he was increasing U.S. troops by 21,500 to quell the country's near-anarchy. "Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me," Bush said. The military increase puts Bush on a collision course with the new Democratic Congress and pushes the American presence in Iraq toward its highest level. It also runs counter to widespread anti-war passions among Americans and the advice of some top generals. in a prime-time address to the nation, Bush pushed back against the Democrats' calls to end the unpopular war. He said that "to step back now would force a collapse of the Iraqi government, tear that country apart and result in mass killings on an unimaginable scale." [More>>cbsnews.com]
01.10.07 Part of missing Indonesian plane, body found in sea
MAKASSAR, Indonesia (Reuters) January 11 Part of the tail of an Indonesian plane which disappeared with 102 people on board 10 days ago has been found in the sea off Sulawesi island, an air base commander said on Thursday. Police later said a body was found floating in the same general area where the piece was located. The ill-fated Adam Air Boeing 737-400 was heading from Java to Manado in the northern part of Sulawesi when it vanished in bad weather on Jan. 1. "This morning I announced that there has been a finding of a part of Adam Air. What was found was the right tail's stabilizer number 65C25746-76. This thing was found by a fisherman in Pare Pare," Eddy Suyanto, the air base commander in Makassar, told reporters. "This object has the same number as the Boeing catalogue," he said, as he showed the white and slightly scratched stabilizer that was found on Wednesday to reporters. Pare Pare is a seaside town about 100 km (60 miles) north of Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi province, from where the search operations are being coordinated. [More>>thestar.com.my]
01.10.07 Blasts rock southern Philippines on eve of Asian summits
MANILA, January 11 (2nd Update) At least seven people were killed while 29 others were wounded after bomb blasts rocked three cities on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao Wednesday night, eve of the Asian summits in Cebu province, officials said. At 6:10 p.m., an improvised bomb went off in front of a busy lottery ticket store in General Santos City, which has been menaced by Islamist extremists in the past, killing at least six people and injuring 20 others.
01.10.07 2006 was warmest on record for US
WASHINGTON (AP) January 10 Last year was the warmest on record for the United States, with temperature readings pushing higher than normal during the last half of December. Preliminary data from the National Climatic Data Center listed the average temperature for the 48 contiguous states last year as 55 degrees Fahrenheit. That's 2.2 degrees warmer than average and 0.07 degree warmer than 1998, the previous warmest year on record. Worldwide, the agency said, it was the sixth warmest year on record.
01.10.07 Iran conservatives scold fiery Ahmadinejad
TEHRAN (AFP) January 10 Just weeks after scoring success in elections, moderate conservatives have joined reformers in publicly criticizing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's confrontational handling of the standoff over Iran's nuclear program. While all Iranian political forces remain committed to the nuclear program as a national right, voices of discomfort have become louder, particularly over the president's angry tirades against Western countries in his public speeches.
01.10.07 Bird flu flares anew in Asia, Indonesian boy dies
BEIJING (Reuters) January 10 Bird flu has infected a farmer in China's first human case in months, killed an Indonesian teenager and spread deeper in Vietnam in a flare-up of infections mirroring past winters. A second Indonesian bird flu victim, a 37-year-old woman from Banten Province on Java island, was in hospital on Wednesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. Most human victims of bird flu have contracted the virus from infected birds, usually chickens, ducks or geese and there is usually a surge in cases during cooler months when the virus seems to thrive. The 37-year-old Chinese man from the eastern province of Anhui kept backyard birds, but as in other human bird flu cases in China there was no reported poultry outbreak in the area, raising questions as to how he contracted the virus. [More>>thestar.com.my]
01.09.07 Thosuands of birds fall from sky
ESPERANCE, Australia, January 10 Thousands of birds have fallen from the skies over Esperance and no one knows why. Is it an illness, toxins or a natural phenomenon? A string of autopsies in Perth have shed no light on the mystery. All the residents of flood-devastated Esperance know is that their "dawn chorus" of singing birds is missing. The main casualties are wattle birds, yellow-throated miners, new holland honeyeaters and singing honeyeaters, although some dead crows, hawks and pigeons have also been found.
01.09.07 Fifty killed in Baghdad raids
January 9 US and Iraqi forces have killed 50 people in raids in central Baghdad. The raids on Tuesday came as a new video of Saddam Hussein, taken shortly after his hanging, appeared on the internet. Mortar and machine-gun fire were heard across central Baghdad as security forces launched a crackdown on armed groups in the notorious Haifa Street. Major-General Ibrahim Shakir, the Iraqi defence ministry spokesman, said 50 people had been killed and 21 others arrested in the operation. US and Iraqi forces clashed with gunmen, saying they came under fire from mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. [More>>aljazeera.net ; See related story, independent.co.uk, January 9, "Iraq admits 23,000 civilians died in 2006."]
01.09.07 Gunships attack suspected al-Qaeda fighters in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) January 9 Helicopter gunships attacked suspected al-Qaeda fighters in the south Tuesday after U.S. forces staged airstrikes in the first offensive in the African country since 18 American soldiers were killed there in 1993, witnesses said. Witnesses said 31 civilians, including two newlyweds, died in the assault by two helicopters near Afmadow, a town in an area of forested hills close to the Kenyan border 220 miles southwest of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. The report could not be independently verified. A Somali Defense Ministry official described the helicopters as American, but the local witnesses told The Associated Press they could not make out identification markings on the craft. Washington officials had no comment.
01.09.07 Kennedy calls Iraq Bush's 'Vietnam'
January 9 US Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., laid down the gauntlet today, making the first formal effort to block President Bush's expected plan for a surge of American troops in Iraq with a bill that would block funding for the additional soldiers and offering clear comparisons to Vietnam. Speaking a day before President Bush is expected to unveil a new strategy for Iraq, Kennedy, a senior member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, said he would offer a new bill that would bar additional troops and additional money for new operations in Iraq without congressional approval.
01.09.07 US expected to slap sanction on Iranian bank
WASHINGTON (Reuters) January 9 The United States is expected to announce sanctions against Bank Sepah, a major Iranian commercial bank, under a presidential order aimed at freezing the assets of proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters, several US officials and diplomats said on Monday. The action is expected to be announced soon, the officials told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
01.09.07 Apple unveils new mobile phone
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) January 9 Apple Computer (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs confirmed months of speculation Tuesday by unveiling a new mobile phone that plays and downloads music and a set-top box that allows people to stream video from their computers to their televisions. Jobs said Apple's iPhone would "reinvent" the telecommunications sector and "leapfrog" past the current generation of hard-to-use smart phones.
01.09.07 NASA Mars team teaches old Rovers new tricks to kick off year four
December 28, 2006 NASA's twin Mars rovers, nearing the third anniversary of their landings, are getting smarter as they get older. The unexpected longevity of Spirit and Opportunity is giving the space agency a chance to field-test on Mars some new capabilities useful both to these missions and future rovers. Spirit will begin its fourth year on Mars on Jan. 3 (PST); Opportunity on Jan. 24. In addition to their continuing scientific observations, they are now testing four new skills included in revised flight software uploaded to their onboard computers.
01.09.07 Tehran pollution kills 3,600 in a month
TEHRAN (AFP) January 9 Air pollution has killed 3,600 people in just a month in the Iranian capital Tehran, an official said Tuesday, describing the city's environmental situation as a "collective suicide. Pollution has directly or indirectly caused the deaths of 3,600 people in the month of Aban [October 23 to November 23]," said Mohammad Hadi Heydarzadeh, director of Tehran's clean air committee, quoted by Kargozaran newspaper.
01.08.07 New video of Saddam's corpse released
BAGHDAD, January 8 A new video of Saddam Hussein's corpse, with a gaping neck wound, was posted on the Internet early Tuesday, the second leaked release of clandestine pictures from the former leader's hanging. The video appeared to have been taken with a camera phone, like the graphic video of the hanging which showed guards taunting Saddam in the final moments of his life.
01.08.07 Seventeen killed in Iraq attacks
BAGHDAD, September 8 At least 17 people were killed in attacks across Iraq Monday in Baghdad where a revised security plan is being put in place to restore stability, security officials said. For its part the defence ministry said that a total of 26 militants were killed in Iraq since Sunday, including 23 in Baghdad. Gunmen ambushed a bus carrying workers to Baghdad international airport and sprayed passengers with bullets, killing four and wounding nine, security official and a medic said. The bus was ambushed in west Baghdad, near the airport. A medic at Baghdad's Yarmuk hospital said he had received the bodies of four victims. "They all were shot dead," he said. Three Iraqis were killed in a bomb attack in a market at Zafaraniyah in south Baghdad, a security official said. The bomb was placed under a parked car in the market, he added.
01.08.07 Kurd trial hears 'Saddam' approving gas attacks
BAGHDAD (AFP) January 8 Saddam Hussein okayed the use of chemical weapons on crowds of Kurds in the 1980s, prosecutors claimed Monday, producing an audiotape purportedly containing the voice of the executed dictator. "I will take responsibility for using the chemical weapons. No one can direct the strike without my approval," the voice claimed by trial prosecutor Munqith Al Faroon to be that of Saddam is heard saying on the tape. "It is better to use this weapon in crowded places to be effective on as many people as possible," the voice is heard saying. Faroon produced the dramatic tape soon after the resumption of the genocide trial of six former Iraqi regime officials accused of slaughtering 182,000 Kurdish villagers in the 1980s. [More>>metimes.com]
01.08.07 Somali forces capture jungle base
January 8 Government and Ethiopian forces have captured what they say was a jungle base used by Islamic courts fighters in southern Somalia. A government military commander said on Monday that Ras Kamboni was taken after a two-day campaign using ground forces and air support. Mohammed Adow, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Somalia, said: "Taking over Ras Kamboni denies Islamist fighters a base from which to launch their guerrilla attacks. It leaves them sandwiched between the US forces patrolling the coast and Kenyan forces stationed at the border." Abdirashid Hidig, an official with the Somali government, said that troops had "captured Ras Kambon."
01.08.07 Israel developing world's largest drone
JERUSALEM (AFP) January 8 Israel is developing the worldıs largest unmanned aircraft which will be used for long-range operations and destroying ballistic missiles as they are being launched, a security official said Monday. The Eitan has been developed by the Israel Aircraft Industries and has a wing span of 35 metres (110 feet) similar to that of a Boeing 737 passenger plane the official told AFP.
01.08.07 Fears of European price rise as Russian oil flows cut
January 8 Fears are growing that a new energy dispute could drive up oil prices after an ex-Soviet state closed its pipeline, hitting Russian supplies to both Germany and Poland. Belarus has closed its pipeline because of a growing dispute with Russia, which is making it pay higher energy prices. The 2,500-mile-long pipeline serves Germany and Poland, and has the capacity to ship more than 1.2 million barrels a day to central and eastern Europe.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) January 8 Police shut down 10 blocks of businesses in the heart of downtown Austin early Monday after dozens of birds were found dead. Emergency workers donned yellow hazardous-material suits, and dozens of fire trucks and ambulances were parked nearby, as they began testing for any sort of environmental contaminant or gas or chlorine leaks that might have cause the bird deaths. There were no reports of any humans harmed, but a 10-block stretch of the main north-south route through downtown, several side streets and all buildings in the area were blocked off and expected to remain off-limits until about noon, said police spokeswoman Toni Chovanetz. [More>>msnbc.msn.com]
01.08.07 Indonesian woman with bird flu in critical condition
JAKARTA (AP) January 9 An Indonesian woman was in critical condition Monday after being hospitalized with bird flu, a health official said. It was unclear how she contracted the virus.The 37-year-old is the second person to be sickened by the disease in less than a week, said I Nyoman Kandun, the Ministry of Health's director general of communicable disease control. The other was a 14-year-old boy, Kandun said, adding that both are from the industrial city of Tangerang on the western outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, and are being treated at the Persahabatan hospital.
01.07.07 Britons to be scanned for FBI database
January 7 Millions of Britons who visit the United States are to have their fingerprints stored on the FBI database alongside those of criminals, in a move that has outraged civil rights groups. The Observer has established that under new plans to combat terrorism, the US government will demand that visitors have all 10 fingers scanned when they enter the country. The information will be shared with intelligence agencies, including the FBI, with no restrictions on their international use. US airport scanners now take only two fingerprints from travellers. The move to 10 allows the information to be compatible with the FBI database.
01.07.07 Car bomb kills 3 US airmen in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, January 7 As Iraqi troops continued a new effort to control violence in Baghdad Sunday, three US airmen were killed by a car bomb, and at least nine Iraqis were killed by bombs, mortars, and bullets in the Iraqi capital. The US deaths happened while members of the 447th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron's Explosive Ordnance Division were "performing duties" in Baghdad, a US military statement said. Another airman was wounded in the blast, the statement said.
01.07.07 YouTube broadcast : John Nichols, On the need for impeachment
John Nichols, a highly respected pundit for the Nation and a popular author, was one of the featured speakers at the "Voices for Impeachment" forum, held at the National Press Club January 6. The program was sponsored by Worldcantwait.org. Nichols begins his speech referring to a new postal law that allows the government to open mail without a warrant, despite criticism that the crime-fighting tactic might lead to privacy.
01.07.07 Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran
January 7 Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iranıs uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons. Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear "bunker-busters," according to several Israeli military sources. The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Israeli weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb. Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open "tunnels" into the targets. "Mini-nukes" would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout. [More>>timesonline.co.uk ; See also haaretz.com, January 7, "Israel denies plan to hit Iran enrichment plant with tactical nukes."]
01.06.07 US Army urges dead to re-enlist
January 6 The US Army is to apologise to the families of officers killed or wounded in action who were sent letters urging them to return to active duty. The letters were sent to more than 5,100 Army officers listed as recently having left the military. But this figure included about 75 officers killed in action and about 200 wounded in action... "Army personnel officials are contacting those officers' families now to personally apologise for erroneously sending the letters," the army said in a statement. [Full story>>bbc.co.uk]
01.06.07 Attack of the zombie computers is a growing threat, experts say
January 6 In their persistent quest to breach the Internetıs defenses, the bad guys are honing their weapons and increasing their firepower. With growing sophistication, they are taking advantage of programs that secretly install themselves on thousands or even millions of personal computers, band these computers together into an unwitting army of zombies, and use the collective power of the dragooned network to commit Internet crimes.
01.06.07 Iraq PM declares revised security plan for Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AFP) January 6 Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki Saturday declared a revised security plan for Baghdad aimed at curbing the raging insurgent and sectarian violence in the Iraqi capital. Maliki said the plan will offer more muscle to Iraqi forces who will be backed by US troops, but offered few details. "The security plan will not protect any outlaws regardless of their sectarian or political affiliations," the prime minister said in a speech marking the 86th anniversary of Iraqi army. "We will hold accountable all those who neglect orders or work on a political and sectarian basis." The new plan will rely on Iraqi "armed forces to forcefully implement the plan and the coalition forces will support our forces," Maliki said. [More>>metimes.com]
01.06.07 Abbas declares Hamas's 'Executive Force' illegal
January 6 The power struggle between Fatah and Hamas escalated Saturday following Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's decision to outlaw Hamas's 'Executive Force" in the Gaza Strip. Defiant Hamas spokesmen responded by announcing that the force's members would be doubled from 6,000 to 12,000. Hamas also accused Abbas and his Fatah party of waging a massive operation designed to bring down the Hamas-led government.
01.06.07 Iran reformists slam government's nuclear policy
TEHRAN (Reuters) January 6 Iranian reformist parliamentarians on Saturday blamed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadıs government for failing to prevent United Nations sanctions. The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Dec. 23 to impose sanctions on Iranıs trade in sensitive nuclear materials and technology in an attempt to stop uranium enrichment work that could produce material that could be used in bombs. Iran says it wants nuclear power to generate electricity.
01.06.07 Russian companies broke no international norms defense minister
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) January 6 The three Russian companies the U.S. imposed sanctions on did not violate international norms, Russia's defense minister said Saturday. "As I head the export control commission, I state with all responsibility that all the three Russian companies did not break any international norms, rules and obligations undertaken by the Russian Federation on nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction and missile technology," Sergei Ivanov, who is also a deputy prime minister, said during a visit to a Strategic Missile Forces garrison in Vlasikha.
01.06.07 Search for ferry's passengers moves to waters off Bali
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AAFP) January 6 Searches for missing passengers on the Senopati Nusantara ferry that sank with more than 600 people on board were expanded to waters off Bali on Friday as more survivors were picked up from the sea a week after the disaster. "At this moment the search and rescue efforts have expanded to East Java, including the straits of Bali," Central Java provincial rescue coordinator Eko Prayitno told AFP. "This is because of the currents, which are moving with a speed of two-point-five to three miles per hour. Those afloat would have also moved further east, so our search has expanded to Bali today (Friday)."
01.06.07 Climate change brings butterfly invasion
January 6 The number of butterfly and moth species migrating to Britain for the summer has increased fourfold in the past 25 years, researchers have found. With each degree of temperature rise resulting from global warming, 14 extra species can be expected to cross the English Channel in search of new breeding territory. Many will end up staying permanently as 89 species of moth have already done over the past century rather than migrate annually. But while some visitors may be a delight to the eye, there are fears that they could drive out native species and bring disease with them.
01.05.07 Democrats take control on hill
January 5 Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was elected America's first female speaker of the House yesterday in a raucous, bipartisan celebration of a historic breakthrough, and hours later she presided over passage of the broadest ethics and lobbying revision since the Watergate era. Democrats took control of the House and Senate after 12 years of nearly unbroken Republican rule, with resolute calls for bipartisan comity and a pledge to move quickly on an agenda of health-care, homeland security, education and energy proposals. Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), the soft-spoken son of a hard-rock miner, took the helm of the Senate, after a closed-door session in the Capitol's stately Old Senate Chamber. But with the eyes of history riveted on her, it was Pelosi's day.
01.05.07 Eight killed in Iraq attacks
BAGHDAD, January 5 At least eight people were killed in insurgent and sectarian attacks in Iraq on Friday, including five when a series of mortars slammed into a Baghdad neighborhood, a security official said. Five people were killed and 15 wounded when four mortars fell into Zafaraniyah, a mixed Shiite and Sunni neighborhood in southern Baghdad, he said. [More>>thenews.com.pk]
01.05.07 US seeks asset freeze on Syrian entities linked to WMD development
January 5 Stepping up pressure on Damascus, the United States administration on Thursday moved to freeze the U.S. assets of three Syrian government entities that it accuses of helping to proliferate weapons of mass destruction. The US Treasury Department said it designated the Syrian Higher Institute of Applied Science and Technology, the Electronics Institute and the National Standards and Calibration Laboratory as proliferators under an executive order aimed at combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction proliferation. The designation freezes any US assets the entities may have and prohibits Americans from any financial transactions with them. A Treasury Department spokeswoman also said the Treasury expected the action to prompt most foreign financial institutions to voluntarily cut ties to the three Syrian entities. [More>>haaretz.com]
01.04.07 Saddam: From monster to martyr?
January 4 It takes real genius to create a martyr out of Saddam Hussein. Here is a man dyed deep with the blood of his own people who refused to fight for him during the United States-led invasion three-and-a-half years ago. His tomb in his home village of Awja is already becoming a place of pilgrimage for the five million Sunni Arabs of Iraq who are at the core of the uprising.
01.04.07 Morocco arrests 62 'terrorists'
January 4 Moroccan security forces have dismantled a radical Islamist cell, specialized in recruiting volunteers to fight in Iraq, and arrested 62 people, the government says. "The security services dismantled a terrorist structure specialized in the recruitment for Iraq and operating in certain Moroccan towns," a government statement said on Thursday. It said the group had "ideological and financial links" with al-Qaeda and other international terrorist groups. Moroccan security officials say police have broken up more than 50 Islamist cells, and arrested more than 3,000 people since suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003. [More>>aljazeera.net]
01.04.07 Official: Iran amassing raw material for uranium enrichment
(Reuters) January 4 Iran's top nuclear official said on Thursday that United Nations sanctions would not restrict its atomic program, and that it was continuing to amass the raw material for uranium enrichment. The UN Security Council voted unanimously on December 23 to impose sanctions on Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and technology in an attempt to stop enrichment work that could produce the material for nuclear explosives. "They [the West] should accept that this [nuclear work] is our national right and is irreversible," Gholamreza Aghazadeh, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, was quoted as saying by the student news agency ISNA.
01.04.07 Russia increases gas exports to Turkey after Iran cuts supplies
ANKARA, January 4 (RIA Novosti) Russia's energy giant Gazprom has increased its daily natural gas exports to Turkey by 14 million cubic meters to 84 million cubic meters following a cutoff in supplies from Iran, Turkish state-run pipeline company Botas said Thursday. Iran announced Wednesday it suspended gas supplies to Turkey to meet its own domestic demand, which dramatically increased due to unusually cold weather, but promised to resume them in 10 days. Under a contract, signed in 1996, Iran supplies Turkey with 27 million-28 million cubic meters of gas per day via a 2,500-km gas pipeline. But in late December gas supplies via the pipeline were reduced 10-fold to about 2.5 million cubic meters before being stopped completely. [>rian.ru]
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