Asia

  • Iran Launches New Rocket

    Iran launched a homemade rocket into space, its state media announced. The rocket, called the Kavosh 2 or Explorer 2, was launched Wednesday as part of Iran’s satellite program amid concerns over the Islamic Republic’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. The long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into space can be used as well for… More ▸

  • O.U. Confab Spotlighting Jerusalem

    A call on Barack Obama to move the United State embassy to Jerusalem will be a centerpiece of the Orthodox Union’s biennial convention. The umbrella group for North American Orthodox congregations held its last two biennial conventions in Jerusalem, but had planned to hold this year’s event in New York. Plans were changed to again… More ▸

  • Jordanian Prisoners in Israel Get Visit

    Jordanians were permitted to visit family members imprisoned in Israel. The visit by 37 Jordanians last week to a prison near Netanya was the third since Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994, according to a report Wednesday in the Jordan Times. The first was in 1999 and the second in 2006. The… More ▸

  • Olmert a Lame Duck Stretching for the Finish Line

    Lame duck or not, Ehud Olmert is determined to make it to the finish line. Four months after he announced his resignation and 2 1/2 months before elections are held to replace him, the Israeli prime minister insists he still expects to complete a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority before he leaves office. “I… More ▸

  • Olmert: Agreement in the Cards

    Ehud Olmert said he still expects to complete a peace agreement with the Palestinians before he leaves office. “I believe it is possible, I believe it is timely, I believe a declaration is needed,” the Israeli prime minister said Tuesday in Washington, a day after he met with President Bush. “I am ready to make… More ▸

  • U.N. Watchdog Chief: Give Syria Nuclear Aid

    The head of the nuclear watchdog for the United Nations said Syria should not be prevented from receiving aid to build a nuclear power plant. Mohamed ElBaradei, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in a statement Tuesday that there is no concrete proof that Syria violated nuclear nonproliferation rules and should not… More ▸

  • Two Israelis Sentenced to Death in Thailand

    Two Israelis convicted of drug trafficking were sentenced to death by a court in Thailand. The men were caught with 23,000 Ecstasy pills a year ago during a drug bust coordinated with U.S. police in an area in Thailand popular with Israeli tourists. The drugs were destined for the United States and Italy, Thai police… More ▸

  • Vietnam Reportedly to Open Israeli Embassy

    Vietnam has decided to open an embassy in Israel, an Israeli news Web site reported. Ynet reported Monday that Foreign Ministry Director-General Aharon Abramovich learned of the plans during a recent visit to Vietnam. Israel’s outgoing ambassador to Vietnam, Efi Ben Matityahu, has been working to establish a Vietnamese embassy in Israel. Israel has had… More ▸

  • Yawning Israeli Soldier Pardoned

    An Israeli soldier jailed for yawning during a memorial ceremony for Yitzhak Rabin was pardoned. Sgt. Almog Amran spent 10 days of a 21-day sentence in jail before being pardoned over the weekend. Amran was sentenced for showing contempt for the ceremony honoring the assassinated Israeli prime minister held earlier this month at the Ramat… More ▸

  • Israeli Company Will Secure Vatican

    An Israeli company has won a contract to secure Vatican City, an Israeli newspaper reported. The Herzliya-based intelligent video appliances firm ioimage has won a contract estimated at $4 million to $5 million to secure sensitive areas of Vatican City, the Israeli daily Yediot Achranot reported Nov. 20. Roni Kaz, director of ioimage, told the… More ▸