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Former Iranian Diplomat: Iran Is Building A Nuclear Bomb With Help From North Korea

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A former Iranian diplomat says that Iran is working toward developing a nuclear bomb with the help of scientists from North Korea and other countries worldwide.

 

A senior Israeli army officer has told the BBC that as long as Hamas remains in control of the Gaza Strip, another war is “only a question of time”.

North Korea says it is full prepared to launch a “sacred war”, accusing South Korea of exacerbating tensions on the peninsula.

The South Korean navy began a three-day maritime exercise in the East Sea on Wednesday as part of efforts to prepare against unpredictable North Korean provocations, officials said.

North Korea’s latest intermediate-range ballistic missile, which appeared in Pyongyang’s military parade in October, is believed to be capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, a South Korean researcher said Thursday.

Package bombs exploded at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome on Thursday, injuring the two people who opened them.

House Republicans introduced a draft set of House rules for the 112th Congress on Wednesday which seeks to offer a “sea change” in the way the House operates — with greater openness, deliberation, efficiency and a closer adherence to the U.S. Constitution.

Despite President Barack Obama’s signing of a law repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a memo to troops warning them that it remains in effect until 60 days after the government certifies that the military is ready for implementation.

Tens of millions of American families are deeply suffering this holiday season.

21.5 percent of the population of Washington D.C. is on food stamps.

Check out this list of 16 U.S. cities that are on the verge of bankruptcy as we enter 2011.

One Alabama town has decided to simply quit paying pension benefits.

Newark, New Jersey has seen a recent crime spike, coinciding with cuts made to its police force, thanks to the ugly state of the city’s finances.

France wants all 16 euro zone governments and any other interested European Union members to coordinate their economic policy more closely in the future, Economy Minister Christine Lagarde told a German newspaper.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that his G20 agenda to reform the international monetary system would look at widening the role of the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights and tackling international capital flows.

China has said it is willing to bail out debt-ridden countries in the euro zone using its $2.7 trillion overseas investment fund.

Taxpayers who itemize on their federal tax returns will have to wait until at least mid-February to file, the IRS said Thursday.

Oprah Winfrey says America may “fall in love” with Sarah Palin as a TV star, but is dismissing the idea that the country would vote for the former Alaska governor in the future.

It turns out that a top aide to Sarah Palin is on the payroll of George Soros.

A so-called spiritual conference at which Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., called for the U.S. border to become an “irrelevancy” was led by a slew of extremists, including a Marxist who reportedly compared the tea-party movement to Hitler.

A team of scientists who study pollution’s role in global warming are outraged at a GOP Senator who, they say, has maligned their work as wasteful and petty by describing it as a study of “cow burps”.

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney says he believes a new security perimeter arrangement with the U.S. represents no threat to sovereignty but does offer a necessary insurance policy for the Canadian economy.

In the Washington D.C. area, there is more fallout from Metro’s plan to randomly screen passenger’s bags for explosives.  The ACLU is calling random screening ineffective and intrusive and is considering legal action if Metro ignores its request to stop.

Police in one town in Texas recently used pepper spray to control an unruly crowd of sneaker shoppers.

A U.S. soldier jailed for raping and killing a girl of 14 and murdering her parents and sister in Iraq has blamed trauma in the war zone for his actions.

It turns out that the sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico is now covered by massive amounts of spilled oil.

An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale occurred early Thursday near Japan’s Ogasawara archipelago, following a series of over 70 tremors in the region in the past 30 hours, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Some absolutely massive sinkholes have started popping up in Romania.

A huge storm system has dumped record amounts of rain on southern California.

Exposure to fluoride may lower children’s intelligence says a study pre-published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

In a January 2008 meeting, US and Spain trade officials strategized how to increase acceptance of genetically modified foods in Europe, including inflating food prices on the commodities market, according to a leaked US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.

In just one year, Monsanto has moved from being Forbes’ “Company of the Year” to the Worst Stock of the Year.

In China, promotions within the Communist Party are tied to enforcing birth control and sterilization policies.

Planned Parenthood received $363.2 million in government grants and contracts during its 2008-2009 fiscal year, according to the organization’s annual report. That was up from $349.6 million in fiscal year 2007-08.

In the UK, a Christian metal health worker facing the sack for distributing an anti-abortion booklet among her colleagues has said she would do the same thing again even if it means losing her job.

A leading Islamic body says the use of the term “Christmas” is politically incorrect because it excludes too many people in multicultural Australia.

Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict’s claim yesterday that pedophilia wasn’t considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s.

The board of the American Conservative Union has approved a homosexual Republican group for a planning role in the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a major annual event in Washington, D.C., that draws conservatives from across the country.

A very jubilant crowd witnessed Barack Obama sign the bill repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from the military.

Very religious Americans tend to exercise more, eat healthier and smoke less, according to a new Gallup report.

Thousands of secret reports on New Zealand UFO sightings have been released, detailing mysterious unexplained sightings from the public and military personnel.

Lastly, Japanese scientists have now produced a genetically-engineered mouse that actually tweets like a bird.

 

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