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Okinawa Re-elects Opponent of U.S. Base

Okanwans re-elect anti US base candidateVoters on the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa re-elected a governor on Sunday who campaigned for the removal of an American Marine base there, throwing a wrench into a deal between Japan and the United States to relocate the base and posing a challenge for the United States as it grapples with a response to North Korean aggression.

Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, 71, had once supported the plan to transfer the base to a less populated part of Okinawa, but he reversed himself after strong opposition by residents.

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Nuclear dilemma: Israel vs. Iran

Nuclear dilemma: Israel vs. Iran Since [1995], the US has strongly resisted any efforts under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to promote extension of safeguards to Israel's undeclared nuclear facilities or, indeed, to promote a Middle East nuclear weapons-free zone, despite the fact that both are fully consistent with stated US non-proliferation policy.

Instead, the US and Israel have claimed that Israeli accession to the NPT and establishment of a regional nuclear weapons-free zone must await both a comprehensive Middle East peace and full compliance of all regional states (read: Iran and Syria) with their IAEA obligations.

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Iran blames Israel after nuclear scientist killed

Iran scientist killedAssailants on motorcycles attached magnetized bombs to the cars of two nuclear scientists as they were driving to work in Tehran on Monday, killing one and wounding the other, Iranian officials said. The president accused Israel and the West of being behind the attacks.

Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, said the man killed was involved in a major project with the country's nuclear agency, though he did not give specifics. Some Iranian media reported that the wounded scientist was a laser expert at Iran's Defense Ministry and one of the country's few top specialists in nuclear isotope separation.

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Second Mexico-US drug tunnel found in Tijuana

Tunnel found between Tiajuana and San DiegoBorder police in the United States and Mexico have found a drug smugglers' tunnel linking the Mexican city of Tijuana with California.
It is close to where police found a tunnel earlier this month, equipped with rails, ventilation and lights.

Police are still investigating, but local media are speculating the new tunnel, almost 800m (2,600ft) long, could be even be more sophisticated. The authorities say it was used for smuggling marijuana into the US.

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Ultra-Orthodox Israeli draws ire with call to work

Rabbi Haim AmsalemWith his dark suit, black skullcap and graying beard, Rabbi Haim Amsalem hardly looks the part of a revolutionary. But the soft-spoken lawmaker is causing an uproar in the influential and tight-knit ultra-Orthodox world in Israel with a simple message: It's time for people to go to work.

It is a stunning call to upend a tradition ingrained for generations: Most devoutly religious men in Israel study the Bible instead of entering the work force or doing military service that is compulsory for others, relying on payments from the state.

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Israel police under fire for abusing east Jerusalem children

East JerusalemIsraeli police were accused of “flagrant violations” of the law Thursday over their harsh and at times violent treatment of Palestinian children suspected of stone-throwing in East Jerusalem.

The allegations were detailed in a letter sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a group of 60 Israeli professionals, among them experts in medicine, psychology, education, social work and law – all of whom work with children.

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Ex-Israel PM doesn't deny air strike on Syria

Ehud OlmertIsrael's former prime minister said Thursday that he can't deny ex-President George W. Bush's claim in a new book that Israel destroyed a suspected nuclear reactor in Syria. It was Ehud Olmert's first public comment on the mysterious September 2007 incident, which happened while he was in office.

At the time, Syria announced that its airspace had been invaded by Israel but said nothing about what had been hit. The Israeli government has remained silent. In Bush's new memoir, the former president claimed the target was believed to be a Syrian nuclear reactor being built with North Korean assistance.

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