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Iran's foreign minister said on Facebook that Tehran condemns the World War II Nazi massacre of the Jews, in stark contract to Holocaust denials by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"We condemn the massacre of Jews by the Nazis, and we condemn the massacre of Palestinians by the Zionists," Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Facebook page, where he published the text of an interview he gave to the Tasnim news agency.

Zarif was also asked whether he wished Jews "Happy Rosh Hashanah" (new year), and had had an exchange about the Holocaust on Twitter.

"I replied to a question from a person who appeared to be the daughter of the ex-speaker of the US House of Representatives," Nancy Pelosi, he wrote.

On his recently activated Twitter account, Zarif wrote in English "Happy Rosh Hashanah," and Christine Pelosi replied, thanking him.

"Thanks. The new year would be even sweeter if you would end Iran's Holocaust denial, sir," she wrote.

Zarif replied: "Iran never denied it (the Holocaust). The man who was perceived to be denying it is now gone. Happy New Year."

Tehran does not recognise Israel and Ahmadinejad's eight years in office were filled with anti-Israeli diatribes and denial of the Holocaust.

The controversial Ahmadinejad was succeeded as president by Hassan Rowhani, who won a surprise election victory over five conservatives on June 14.

The former president's anti-Israel diatribes and Iran's controversial nuclear programme both contributed to its increased international isolation.

 

 

The Mexican government said recent release of the drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, implicated in the murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena, will not affect relations with EU. “We are certain that not affect”, both countries are seeking the same goal and that “the law is strictly enforced,” said Mexican Foreign Minister Rafael Caro Quintero, The Mexican government from Singapore, where he made an official visit. The Mexican government will seek a review of the court’s decision that allowed the release of Caro Quintero on August 9, after dismiss several cases against him, one of them for the abduction and murder of Enrique Camarena in 1985. “There is full conviction and full coordination around that and other matters” and therefore there will be no other impact on the bilateral relationship than the “point us to reinforce the importance of coordination and improvement,” he said.

After serving 28 of the 40 years of his sentence for drug trafficking and organized crime cartel founder left Guadalajara prison in the western state of Jalisco after a federal court to grant an injunction. The court ordered the immediate release of Caro Quintero after dismissing four criminal cases against him, including two for murder, an illegal deprivation of liberty and one for drug trafficking. In the case of the kidnapping and murder of Enrique Camarena and Mexican pilot Alfredo Zavala in February 1985, the case was dismissed because it was under federal jurisdiction, where appropriate to the regular courts. In his first statement on the bonnet release on Tuesday, the Foreign Minister said that “this particular case there was a failure attached to law” and announced that the prosecution would work “to correct”.

 

 

An attack as fierce as on 11 September 2001 fear the U.S. and world beat alarm. Military expert Albert Stahel considers that the risk for real, but still supported via the “strange” behavior of world power – and provides an explanation.
The U.S. government maintains its diplomatic missions closed for several days due to a terrorist alert in about 20 Islamic states. Background of the arrangements are possible attacks by the terrorist network Al Qaeda. According to U.S. Chief of Staff Martin Dempsey, the threat this time is “specific” than in previous cases.

According to the ABC News station terrorists should have said in a wiretapped conversation that the planned attack will be “large” and “strategic importance”. The Republican Saxby Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, spoke of the serious terrorist threat for years. He spoke of concrete plans of individual terrorists to the United States are comparable to those before the attacks in September 2001.

Expert holds threat for real, U.S. behavior but irritated
The renowned Swiss security expert Albert Stahel, it is not surprising that the messages remain closed. In an interview with blick.ch he said: “This decision is certainly true, because the threat is real,” his estimation, Egypt is on the verge of collapse, the government threatens to collapse into itself.

The political situations in Syria and Libya are extremely dangerous for Americans. Because: “The U.S. mix with everywhere. Be it. Drone missions or with the support of generals or by rebels The dismissal of the elected Egyptian President Mursi should be done only with the okay from Washington. “Since it is only logical that threats from the Salafists and Al-Qaeda are pronounced.

 

 

 

Despite the confirmation of the sentence of one year in prison by the Italian Supreme Court for tax evasion, Silvio Berlusconi has sought today to reassure the public about the fate of the government of left-right coalition led by Enrico Letta.

The former prime minister delivered a speech to nearly a thousand supporters gathered outside his residence in Rome. He said that the government “must go forward,” while trying to defuse the tension. We said clearly and directly that the government should move forward, “he said.”The government must continue to adopt economic measures and we said clearly and directly that Parliament should proceed to vote these economic measures,” he continued.

Members of the party of the People of Freedom (PDL) Berlusconi had threatened to resign following the conviction of their leader, calling for a presidential pardon.  For its part, the left denounced the “threats and blackmail” ensuring prepare for any eventuality. The Prime Minister had said Letta wait statements Cavaliere to draw any consequences. But Silvio Berlusconi has preferred to play the card of appeasement and stand as essential for the protection of the government.  Under the slogan “Sunday in the streets for democracy and freedom,” the gathering was organized hastily by the PDL. Given the holiday and the scorching weather that prevails on the Italian peninsula, the event is considered successful.

 

 

Many life insurance companies promise their customers interest they cannot afford. That the first company to say goodbye to warranty policies, financial supervision is great – and warned: it might be tight for the insurance industry.

The Financial Regulator is behind the plans of the insurance industry to offer life insurance without lifetime warranties. “Given the low interest rates the insurer must act,” said the new head of insurance supervision at the Federal Institute for Financial Services Supervision (BaFin), Felix Hufeld, and the “Handelsblatt” on Tuesday. It is good that the industry working on new products and thus enable consumers more choice. The background: The market leader Allianz and Munich Re subsidiary Ergo offer since early July on life insurance policies for which the guaranteed interest rate no longer applies as usual until the contract expires. Instead, they provide – depending on capital market development – a flexible interest rate in view. Consumer advocates criticize the new models: they would the capital market risk pass on to the customer – at reasonable potential returns and high costs.

 

The U.S. wants to disclose details about the secret NSA wiretapping. A confidential court order that sets rules for the collection of U.S. phone data should be made public in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The reported several U.S. media, they rely on an unnamed government officials, senior. The Deputy Minister of Justice and the NSA chief, James Cole and John Inglis, will therefore occur in the committee.

The document concerns according to “Washington Post” a secret order to the U.S. telecommunications company Verizon of April, after which the group will deliver a variety of phone data. This was being done on the basis of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The U.S. government had the directive to Verizon now released. The statement was subject to the policy of the intelligence that the former NSA employee Edward Snowden was published in June.

His revelations of extensive American and British surveillance programs had caused worldwide outrage. U.S. intelligence agencies are also under pressure of the U.S. House of Representatives. In the past week the Republican Justin Amash had tried with a small group deputy from the right and left wings of the U.S. House of Representatives, with a legislative initiative to stop the rampant spying the NSA. They failed in the House of Representatives narrowly by twelve votes.

 

Julian Assange railed against conviction WikiLeaks informant Bradley Manning. The process was unfair and was an example of a national security extremism of the U.S. government. Even Amnesty International and Reporters Network criticized the verdict.

After the guilty verdict for the WikiLeaks informant Bradley Manning by a U.S. military court Julian Assange, the government of President Barack Obama harshly criticized. The short-sighted judgment is an expression of security and extremism creates a dangerous precedent. It must be repealed. Manning, however, is “the most important journalistic source that the world has ever seen,” the founder of the Internet platform unveiling said in London.

On Tuesday, the U.S. military court had convicted 25-year-old Manning in 20 out of 22 counts at Fort Meade. Surprisingly, however, he was acquitted of the most serious point of “aiding the enemy”. Manning was declared partly because of espionage, betrayal of secrets, computer fraud and theft guilty. This Wednesday the sentencing is expected. Manning faces up to 136 years in prison

Assange himself sitting for over a year in the Ecuadorian Embassy in the British capital firm and fears being arrested when leaving the embassy and extradited to the United States. He did not confirm that Manning was actually the supplier of hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic cables, but consistently spoke of the “alleged” source. WikiLeaks has never revealed his sources, and it is always protected, said Assange.

 

 

In Egypt, the violence escalates. Dozens of people have died in clashes between Muslim Brotherhood and the military. The brutal crackdown triggers internationally horror senior U.S. politicians demand that the army moderation. In Germany, however, there is little critical voices.

 

At least 72 dead and hundreds injured – that is the sad result of the clashes between security forces and supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday in Cairo and Alexandria. World grows, given the crackdown by police and military against supporters of former heads of state concern that Egypt is threatening to break at the bloody conflict. Senior U.S. politicians demand that the army reserve. Secretary of State John Kerry called on the Egyptian leadership, “pull away land from the brink” that. He had expressed his deep dismay at the violence in Cairo and Alexandria in talks with Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei and Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi. “This is a defining moment for Egypt,” Kerry said. The security forces, he called on to respect the right to peaceful protests, including quite a sustained sit. Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to the Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whom he urged to “prevent further bloodshed and loss of life.”

UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the bloodshed and called on the transitional government to “ensure the protection of all Egyptians.” He appealed to the demonstrators to exercise restraint and maintain the peaceful nature of their protest. The EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton called on to renounce violence. Concerned voices were also heard by the foreign ministers of Germany, Britain and France. “Everything must be done to avoid a spiral of violence,” said the Foreign Ministry in Paris. According to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Mursi support, at least 120 people were killed on Saturday. Units of riot police had attacked on the edge of their protest camp in Nasr City protesters. About 4,000 people were injured. The Ministry of Health spoke against at least 72 dead and 411 injured.

 

 

Qatar emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani abdicated in favour of his 33-year-old son, Sheikh Tamim, on Tuesday, in a first for the Arab world.

"I address you today to announce that I am handing the rule over to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani," the 61-year-old emir said in a televised speech.

The decision marks the "beginning of a new era in which a young leadership will hold the banner."

The decision sees Tamim becoming the youngest sovereign of any of the Gulf Arab monarchies.

Sheikh Hamad, who used Qatar's immense gas wealth to drive its modernisation and transform it into a major player in world diplomacy, came to power in a coup in which he overthrew his own father Sheikh Khalifa in June 1995.

The 61-year-old emir is the first ruler to voluntarily cede power in the Arab world, where autocratic rulers held power uncontested for decades until the Arab Spring revolutions that toppled regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

Tamim, born in 1980, is the second son of the emir and his second wife Sheikha Mozah and has been groomed for years to take the helm of the super-rich Western ally.

AirAsia and All Nippon Airways are set to announce the dissolution of their tie-up in Japan on Tuesday, reports said, because of slumping business.

Malaysia-based AirAsia is to withdraw from AirAsia Japan, a company it jointly formed with ANA to begin low-cost carrier operations out of Tokyo's Narita International Airport in August 2012, Kyodo News reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

AirAsia aims to establish a new budget airline in partnership with another Japanese carrier after parting company with ANA, Kyodo said.

A senior AirAsia executive told the newswire on Monday that the company had made its decision and an announcement would be made Tuesday.