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'Peace can't be based on ignoring the truth about J'lem'
"I hope the current generation of Palestinian leadership will not make the same mistake Arafat made," the official said. "If the Palestinian side continues with a position that denies reality, that totally negates Jewish rights, then there can be no basis for peace and co-existence."  

Schmallenberg livestock virus hits 74 farms in England
The Schmallenberg infection has been diagnosed five times in cattle and 69 times in sheep, Defra officials said. But the National Farmers' Union warned cases of the virus, which first emerged in the Netherlands and Germany last year, were being "under-reported". Humans are thought to be unaffected by the virus, which is thought to be spread by midges, mosquitoes and ticks.  

Oil Price Rise Raises Spectre of Global Recession
A jump in energy prices is jamming the slow-turning cogs of an economic recovery in the West, but that may be nothing compared to the economic shock an Israeli attack on Iran would cause. Oil rose to a 10-month high above $125 a barrel on Friday, prompting responses from policymakers around the world including U.S. President Barack Obama, watching U.S. gasoline prices follow crude to push towards $4 a gallon in an election year.  

G20 to Europe: Show us the money
Leading economies told Europe it must put up extra money to fight its debt crisis if it wants more help from the rest of the world, piling pressure on Germany to drop its opposition to a bigger European bailout.  

Iran strike would be ‘catastrophic’: Putin
“If this happens, the consequences will be truly catastrophic, their real scope impossible to imagine,” Putin wrote. Such a military strike is increasingly reported as being an option under consideration by Israeli and US military planners as Iran moves ahead with its uranium enrichment program.  

Iran prepares for kamikaze attacks
Even as it continued to talk with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Iran continued to prepare for war over its nuclear weapons program, training for kamikaze attacks in the Persian Gulf with both planes and speedboats, sources within the Iranian armed forces report.  

9 More Die as Taliban Continue Deadly Attacks Over U.S. Troops’ Koran Burning in Afghanistan
A suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into the gates of a NATO base and airport in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, triggering a blast that killed nine Afghans, officials said. The Taliban claimed the attack was revenge for U.S. troops burning copies of the Koran.  

Assassination bid on Putin foiled, Ukraine says
Russian and Ukrainian security services have foiled a plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin after next week's presidential election, Ukraine's SBU counter-intelligence agency said on Monday. Russian pro-government Channel One television said Ukrainian special services in the Black Sea port of Odessa had held two men linked to a group seeking an Islamist state in Russia's North Caucasus.  

PM: Abbas' speech – irresponsible incitement
The Prime Minister's Office on Sunday blasted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for his declaration that Jerusalem has always been and will remain an Arab city. Abbas made the remark earlier Sunday in a speech at the International Conference for the Defense of Jerusalem in Doha, Qatar. The Palestinian leader promised to "encourage Arabs and Muslims to visit Jerusalem in order to strengthen our hold on the city, and to establish the Palestinian culture and heritage sites."  

Negotiations on Migron evacuation break down
Negotiations between settlers and the government's representative Minister Benny Begin on the evacuation of the Migron outpost have broken down, Ynet learned. The settlers said that Begin withdrew the understandings the two sides had agreed on. Begin is scheduled to hold a press briefing at the Prime Minister's Office later on Monday where he will announce his resignation as mediator in the negotiations.  

'US to announce aerial blockade on Syria'
The Pentagon is readying for the possibility of intervention in Syria, aiming to halt Syrian President Bashsar Assad's violent crackdown on protesters, the newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported Saturday, citing a US military offical. According to the official, the intervention scenario calls for the establishment of a buffer zone on the Turkish border, in order to receive Syrian refugees. The Red Cross would then provide the civilians humanitarian aid, before NATO crews would arrive from Turkey and join the efforts.  

George Osborne: UK has run out of money
In a stark warning ahead of next month’s Budget, the Chancellor said there was little the Coalition could do to stimulate the economy. ...“The British Government has run out of money because all the money was spent in the good years,” the Chancellor said. “The money and the investment and the jobs need to come from the private sector.”  

Syrian military shells northern towns
A Syrian military offensive is continuing in opposition-held areas of the north-western province of Idlib. A BBC correspondent says troops have been firing artillery, mortars and anti-aircraft guns at civilian areas in Binnish, west of the city of Idlib. The city of Homs also continued to be hit, activists reported, as France's president said a solution was in sight to rescue wounded Western journalists.  

China reforms needed to sustain growth, says World Bank
China needs to embrace fundamental free-market reforms if its economy is to continue to grow at the "impressive" pace of the past three decades, the World Bank has said. The country had reached a "turning point" and needed to reform a growth model that was "unsustainable". The role of government and state enterprises needed redefining, it said.  

North Korea warning as US and S Korea begin joint drill
US and South Korean forces have begun military exercises on the Korean peninsula amid warnings from Pyongyang that the drills should not go ahead. The annual exercises, known as Key Resolve, have brought hundreds of extra US troops into South Korea. They will be followed later in the week by another set of joint military exercises called Foal Eagle.  

Wikileaks publishes confidential emails from Stratfor
Whistleblowing website Wikileaks has begun publishing the first of more than five million confidential emails from US-based security think tank Stratfor. The group said the documents would reveal Stratfor's "web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods". Stratfor's computers were hacked by the activist group Anonymous in December.  

Third Greek bail-out not ruled out
Eurozone chief Jean-Claude Juncker and German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble have said they do not rule out the need for a third Greek bail-out. Their words come ahead of a key vote in the German parliament, the Bundestag on Monday (27 February) to approve the just-agreed second aid programme.  

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