World Briefs 10-11-11

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(Click photo to download. Caption: Ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney (right) and his wife Nancy Shevell (left), who is Jewish, leave the Westminster Registration Office after getting married, in London on Oct. 9. Credit: EPA/KERI MOKTEN.)

Paul McCartney Spends Day Before Wedding in Temple

Paul McCartney and his fiancé Nancy Shevell, who is Jewish, attended Yom Kippur Services in a synagogue in London on the evening before their Sunday wedding, according to US Weekly.

McCartney, 69, married Shevell, 51 the next day in the same venue where he married his first wife, Linda. Shevell, a Manhattan heiress, is the daughter of a New Jersey Trucking magnate and currently is a 10-year member of New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority.

This is Mccartney’s third marriage, and Shevell’s second.

—JointMedia News Service

(Click photo to download. Caption: An Egyptian youth hurls stones at security forces during clashes following a protest near the television building also known as Maspero, in Cairo, Egypt on Oct. 9. Credit: EPA/ABDEL HAMIDEID.)

Christians Mourn Murdered Protestors

Nearly 20,000 people packed into the Coptic Christian Church in Cairo Monday night to mourn the deaths of 17 Christians killed in protests, Fox News reported.

Overall, 26 people were killed and 500 injured when Christians, angered by a recent church attack, clashed Sunday night with Muslims and security forces outside the state television building in central Cairo.

Mourners at the funeral, which began just after midnight on Monday, blamed the military for the outbreak in violence. They chanted “down with military rule” and “the people want to topple the Marshal” (referring to Field Marshal Hussein Tatawi who sits at the head of the military council that replace Hosni Mubarak’s regime).

The clashes in Cairo on Sunday began after Coptics gathered en masse to protest continuous harassment by Muslims and the desecration of their churches. According to eyewitness reports from protesters, soldiers opened fire in response to the crowd's chants and slurs against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

—JointMedia News Service with reporting from Israel Hayom

 

Quartet aims to revive negotiations between Israel, Palestinians

Israel and representatives from the Palestinian Authority will soon be invited to attend an exploratory session aimed at jump-starting peace talks, according to a statement released by the Quartet on the Middle East on Sunday.

The Quartet’s EU representative, Catherine Ashton, made the announcement following a meeting of the Quartet with its special Middle East envoy, Tony Blair, in Brussels. The talks will be based on a Quartet proposal for renewing negotiations between the two sides presented during the UN General Assembly's annual meeting last month.

Israel has already accepted the Quartet's diplomatic initiative, although with some reservations. The Palestinian Authority has yet to issue its official response to the plan but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has emphasized that the Palestinians’ preference is for negotiations based on the Arab League’s peace initiative, which revolves around Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines, including the Golan Heights, as well as a “just solution” for the Palestinian “right of return.”

—Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JointMedia News Service

 

Iran tells Turkey: Change tactics or face trouble

A key aide to Iran’s supreme leader said on Saturday that Turkey must radically rethink its policies on Syria, the NATO missile shield and promoting Muslim secularism in the Arab world, or face trouble from its own people and neighbors.

In a Reuters interview with the semi-official Mehr news agency, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's military adviser described Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s invitation to Arab countries to adopt Turkish-style democracy as “unexpected and unimaginable.”

Turkey and Iran, the Middle East’s two major non-Arab Muslim states, are vying for influence in the Arab world as it goes through the biggest shake-up since the Ottoman Empire fell, a rivalry that has strained their previously close relations.

Khamenei has dubbed the Arab uprisings an “Islamic awakening,” predicting that the countries in the Middle East that have overthrown dictatorial, Western-backed regimes will follow the path Iran took after its 1979 Islamic revolution.

—Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JointMedia News Service

 

British Government Sources Reveal Terrorist Plot

As Britain prepares for the 2012 Olympic games, which MI5 described as the biggest security operation in the country’s history, senior intelligence sources have revealed that as many as 200 UK-based potential terrorists are actively planning terrorist attacks.

The Telegraph reported that 200 is a conservative estimate, representing one-tenth of 2,000 British residents currently thought to be involved in terrorist activity.

According to The Telegraph, senior sources believe that terrorists will be more likely to attack highly populated areas, such as train stations, rather than Olympic venues, which will be under heightened security.

—JointMedia News Service

 

Iran Continues Its Assault on Citizens

The case of Youcef Nadarkhani, a 32-year-old pastor who was arrested in 2009 for converting to Christianity, has been deferred to Iran’s spiritual leader and highest authority, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, Fox News reported.

While Iranian State Media has claimed that Nadarkhani was convicted on charges of rape and extortion, supporters say that he was actually sentenced to death for refusing to renounce his religion. Many say the move to refer his case to Khameini reflects the Iranian regime bending to growing international pressure.

Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehrhas also been convicted by the Iranian government for her participation in the film, My Tehran for Salethat discusses the persecution of artists living in Iran, Fox News reported. Vafamehr has been sentenced to 90 lashes and a year in prison.

—JointMedia News Service

 

Pressure on Syria Mounts

The European Union condemned Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime Monday, slapping the country with numerous sanctions including barring the import of Syrian oil and banning the delivery of Syrian currency produced in the EU to the Syrian Central Bank, CNN reported.

The EU also supported the opposition group, Syrian National Council one day following Syria’s foreign minister’s warning against any country to do so. The Syrian National Council has also received backing from Egyptian groups and activists, however neither Egyptian leaders nor the Arab League have recognized the opposition government. While both have called for an end to bloodshed, China and Russia recently vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Syria, according to CNN.

The United Nations estimates that nearly 3,000 people have been killed since the Syrian regime’s crackdown against protestors began seven months ago.

—JointMedia News Service

 

 

Posted on October 11, 2011 .