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2008-07-17 12:01:02

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL; Yaakov Lappin Israeli civilians are unprepared for nonconventional attacks, warned prominent members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday afternoon, blasting the defense establishment for ignoring calls to fix the situation. Committee chairman MK Tzahi Hanegbi (Kadima) and MK Yuval Steinitz (Likud), chairman of the Subcomittee for Readiness, held a press conference during which they called on the government to begin immediate...

2008-07-17 09:00:48

Greater China Media and Entertainment Corp. says it has entered into a contract with Kingjoy Vision Inc. to produce a TV series called Cherry Love. Greater China is an integrated professional media and entertainment company and Kingjoy is a movie and film producing company. The two parties Wednesday announced plans to jointly produce the 27-episode, small-screen romantic drama, Cherry Love, which is to start shooting next June. The total investment is estimated to be $3.8 million, with...

2006-08-25 10:40:28

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli President Moshe Katsav denied on Friday allegations that he coerced a former female employee into having sex with him, in his first public interviews since he was interrogated by police this week. "These are absurd allegations," he told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. "I never had sex with (the woman)." The president, whose role is largely ceremonial, also told Israel radio that he was the victim of a "public lynching without trial or investigation."...

2006-06-13 09:58:49

By Edmund Blair TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran opened the large steel doors of its notorious Evin prison to journalists on Tuesday, showing off spruced-up women's cells and a well-equipped clinic in a move aimed at countering criticism about poor conditions. But the rare tour of the jail in the leafy suburbs of north Tehran did not include buildings where a Canadian-Iranian philosopher is held on spying charges without access to a lawyer or cells of men who make up most of the 2,500...

2006-05-01 07:35:36

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - He served out his prison term two years ago and is widely reviled by fellow Israelis as a traitor, but nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu stands little chance of starting a new life abroad any time soon. Citing security concerns, Israel's Justice Ministry last month renewed its ban on travel by Vanunu, a former technician at the Dimona atomic reactor who all but blew away the country's cherished nuclear secrecy with a 1986 newspaper...

2006-01-09 10:15:00

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon slightly moved an arm and a leg and breathed on his own after doctors on Monday gradually began to rouse him from a medically-induced coma, a hospital official said. "In a test of (his reaction) to pain, we noticed that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon slightly moved his right arm and right leg," Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director of Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital said, five days after the 77-year-old leader suffered a massive stroke....

2006-01-05 07:46:27

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in critical condition and will remain sedated and on a respirator for at least the next 24 hours, the chief of the hospital where he is being treated said on Thursday. "The prime minister's condition is ... still critical but stable," Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director of Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital, where Sharon underwent surgery that stemmed a brain hemorrhage, told reporters. He said Sharon would remain in "deep sedation...

2006-01-05 07:21:03

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in critical condition and will remain sedated and on a respirator for at least the next 24 hours, the chief of the hospital where he is being treated said on Thursday. "The prime minister's condition is ... still critical but stable," Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director of Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital, where Sharon underwent surgery that stemmed a brain hemorrhage, told reporters. He said Sharon would remain in "deep sedation...

2005-11-22 08:22:25

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new president, Mahinda Rajapakse, will keep the finance and defense portfolios for himself when he unveils his cabinet later on Tuesday, his media secretary told Reuters. Rajapakse, the island's former prime minister, has previously held the labor, fisheries and highways portfolios in cabinet, but has never held the post of Finance Minister. "It is only two posts (he is keeping). One is defense, the other one is finance," said media...

2005-11-17 21:54:29

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse claimed victory on Friday in Sri Lanka's presidential poll after taking a slim lead with more than half of votes counted, his office said. "The prime minister's election office is announcing that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse has won the election for the fifth executive president of the country," Rajapakse's media secretary Chandrapala Liyanage told Reuters, reading a victory statement. "The Prime Minister's office requests...