While the United States has taken the lead in a massive relief operation after Haiti's catastrophic earthquake, its focus on its own citizens and troops has drawn criticism from international agencies and representatives of other governments. The US Department of Homeland Security has said that any Haitians trying to enter the United States by boat, would be sent back to Haiti. Read Article US faces criticism over coordination of Haitian relief effort
As the survivors of Haiti's catastrophic earthquake struggle in worsening conditions and the death toll is predicted to reach 200,000, three US presidents came together on Saturday to launch a fundraising effort across America. With his predecessors George W Bush and Bill Clinton at his side, President Barack Obama appealed for national unity in support of the people of Haiti. Read Article US leads global relief effort for Haiti
An official apology by Israel to Turkey has calmed the latest upset in relations between the two countries but an insult to Turkey's ambassador to Israel came in the wake of multiple diplomatic clashes following the war on Gaza. With very few allies in the region, Israel can ill afford to make new enemies yet at a recent meeting with 150 of his envoys, Israel's foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman shocked his audience by telling them they must stop 'grovelling'. Read Article Week in review: Israel's clash with Turkey
Google has previously complied with local laws in implementing what has been called the Great Firewall of China but on Tuesday, the internet giant announced it is "no longer willing to continue censoring" in China. Read Article Google challenges China on censorship
A bomb which exploded in north Tehran, killing Dr Moussad Ali-Mohammadi, a professor of nuclear physics, has prompted competing theories on which was of greater significance: his academic work or his support for the opposition? Alongside official allegations that the US, Israel and their allies were responsible, is evidence that Dr Ali-Mohammadi had been outspoken in his support for opposition leader Mir-Hossein Moussavi. Read Article Who's behind the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist?
With the approach of the first anniversary since the end of Operation Cast Lead, Israel's war against Gaza, there is mounting speculation that the Jewish state is once again considering a military challenge against Hamas. The former Israeli military commander of the Gaza Strip said on Sunday "we are facing another round in Gaza" and Israel needs to create a situation to reduce Hamas' "oxygen supply". Read Article Is Israel preparing for another war on Gaza?
As the opposition Green Movement in Iran has shown unexpected resiliance over the last six months, in spite of an ongoing government crackdown, the Obama administration is now increasingly questioning the long-term stability of Tehran's government. As a result, according to senior US officials who spoke to The Wall Street Journal, Washington is now looking for ways to support the Iranian opposition. Read Article US moving to support Iranian opposition
A video released on Saturday showing the Jordanian doctor, Homam Khaleel Mohammad Abu Mallal, who attacked the CIA, sitting alongside the Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, suggests that the Wazirstan-based group is extending its international reach. Read Article The Taliban's foreign fighters
The lowest point for the agency since the September 11 attacks on the United States eight years ago came a week ago when seven American intelligence officials along with a Jordanian counterpart were the target of a suicide bombing. Worse still was the revelation that the CIA had been infiltrated by an al Qa'eda double agent, a Jordanian doctor who up until the moment he detonated his suicide belt had been regarded as a prize asset. Read Article Week in review: the CIA stumbles
One month after its departure from London, the Viva Palestina humanitarian aid convoy finally reached Gaza on Wednesday, having been turned back from the Egyptian border in Jordan, back-tracked through Syria and then been met by riot police on arrival at the Egyptian port of El Arish. The convoy's leader, George Galloway, a British member of parliament, received a hero's welcome upon entering the besieged Palestinian enclave. Read Article Aid convoy reaches Gaza