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Russia's Medvedev signs nuclear power deal with Vietnam

Visiting Russian president Dimitry Medvedev (L) shakes and with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Minh Triet during an official welcoming ceremony held on October 31, 2010 at the presidential palace in Hanoi. The Russian leader is making a state visit after attending the East Asia summit held on the sidelines of an anual Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in the Vietnamese capital. The state visit is aimed at boosting ties between two former communist allies. AFP PHOTO / POOL / HOANG DINH Nam (Photo by HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

October 31, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — The construction of Vietnam’s first nuclear power plant will strengthen the country’s positions as a strong, independent and modern state, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday following the signing of a nuclear power deal between the two countries.

Under the deal, Russia will initially build two power units in Vietnam with a capacity of 1.2 GW each. Overall, Vietnam plans to build eight nuclear power plants in five provinces by 2030, with a total capacity of 15 GW, or 10% of all electricity produced in the country. Each NPP would have from four to six generating units.

“This is a very important project, a large project designated for long use. In the final account, if we implement the ideas stipulated in the project and build the capacity designed for the nuclear power plant, the project will capture a considerable part of Vietnam’s electricity market,” Medvedev said after the signing ceremony in Hanoi.

“We believe that the project will allow Vietnam to develop as a modern and independent state, which does not only extract and refine oil but also uses other sources of energy. And it is very important in a contemporary world to be an independent, strong and modern state,” Medvedev said.

Moscow has also pledged to provide Vietnam with a loan for the nuclear power plant construction.

HANOI, October 31 (RIA Novosti)

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PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet in Jerusalem, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. Netanyahu says he is heading to the U.S. next week to discuss Mideast peace efforts with Vice President Joe Biden. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Jim Hollander, Pool)

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October 31, 2010 (KATAKAMI / PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE) — Following are excerpts from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today:

“Several weeks ago, I visited Lod.  I said that we could not let the city continue to deteriorate and become the wild west in the heart of the country.  I said that we would act so that Lod would continue to attract new residents, young couples and tourists.  Immediately after the tour, I asked Prime Minister’s Office Director-General Eyal Gabai to prepare a comprehensive plan for the city.  This plan will be submitted for Cabinet approval today.  It costs NIS 130 million and is designed to bolster the personal security of Lod’s residents and raise their standard of living.

This comprehensive plan includes – inter alia – the collection of illegal weapons, community policing, the renovation of infrastructure, marketing the city’s new neighborhoods, making transportation more accessible, building sports facilities, developing tourist infrastructures, upgrading social welfare services, strengthening culture, etc.  I point out that this plan follows on the Education Ministry’s NIS 44 million plan to strengthen education in the city.  I believe that this comprehensive plan will bear fruit in the very near future and I expect all ministers to do their part for this important goal, which is both a local and a national goal, vis-à-vis our perspective on how a city with various ethnic communities, and with problems and troubles that can be overcome if we work together, should appear.

Next Sunday, I will leave for the annual Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly.  I will meet there with US Vice President Joe Biden and other senior administration figures, and will discuss with them a series of issues, including – of course – the resumption of the diplomatic process in order to reach a peace agreement with security for the future of the State of Israel.

This General Assembly will be held against the background of reports about the attempt to attack the Jewish community in Chicago, and the truth is that it does not matter if the target was a synagogue in Chicago or a railway station in Madrid, or London, or Mumbai, or Bali.  We are facing a growing wave of terrorism by extremist Islam.  It is growing in the scope and brazen gall of its attacks, in the weapons with which it is arming itself and in the sweeping objectives of the leaders of global terrorism.  Therefore, one of the main issues that I will address at the General Assembly is the steps that the civilized and free world must take in order to stop this wave that threatens us all.”

 

(MS)

 
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Netanyahu to visit U.S. next week, but won't meet with Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House September 1, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Obama will meet with Middle East leaders before the opening direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians scheduled to begin September 2, in the State Department. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

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October 31, 2010 (KATAKAMI / HAARETZ) — PM to travel to New Orleans for annual U.S. Jewish conference, due to meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to New Orleans early in November for an annual U.S. Jewish conference, but is unlikely to meet President Barack Obama, who will be in Asia.

Netanyahu announced his plans at a cabinet meeting on Sunday and said he would hold talks in New Orleans with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who is also scheduled to address the Nov. 5-9 General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America.

Obama, who is trying to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks stalled over Israeli settlement building, leaves on Nov. 5 for a 10-day visit to India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.

Israeli officials said Netanyahu planned to fly to the United States on Nov. 7.

A new round of direct peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians got under way in Washington on Sept. 2 only to stop a few weeks later when Israel lifted restrictions it had imposed on West Bank settlement building for 10 months.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded a construction freeze in settlements as a condition for resuming the negotiations on establishing a Palestinian state in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.

 
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PM Benjamin Netanyahu on FedEx Attack: Terrorists Showing Greater Chutzpah

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting on October 31, 2010 at his Jerusalem offices during which he announced that he will travel to the United States next week to discuss security issues, following the discovery of explosive-laden packages from Yemen that were addressed to synagogues in Chicago. (Photo : JIM HOLLANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

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October 31, 2010 (KATAKAMI / IsraelNationalNews.com) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indirectly mentioned, in a statement opening Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting, the suspected attempt by Yemeni terrorists to strike Chicago synagogues by sending explosive packages via FedEx .

“It matters not whether the attempt is to strike a synagogue in Chicago, a train station in Madrid, or [targets] in Mumbai or Bali,” Netanyahu said. “We are facing a terror wave that is growing, both in terms of the weapons it uses and in terms of trends and chutzpah vis-a-vis the world,” he said.

Each of the bombs reportedly contained some 400 grams of PETN, a highly explosive substance.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said the plot “has the hallmarks of al-Qaeda” and added: “They are constantly trying things to test our system.”

The bombs, packed in toner cartridges and designed to be detonated by a cell phone, were connected via electric circuit to a mobile phone chip tucked into a printer.

The US has recently warned of an increased Al Qaeda threat in Europe. The terror organization was reported last year to be “building an army” of thousands in Yemen.

On Friday, the Prime MInister criticized the UNESCO vote labelling Rachel’s Tomb a mosque and calling for it and  the Cave of the Patriarchs to be removed from Israel’s Heritage Site list.


(IsraelNationalNews.com)

 
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Turkish Police Find More Bombs in Istanbul

Police forensic experts work at the scene after an explosion in Istanbul's central Taksim Square, 31 Oct 2010Police forensic experts work at the scene after an explosion in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square, 31 Oct 2010 (Photo : AFP) 

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October 31, 2010 (KATAKAMI / VOA) — Turkish police say they are working to disable additional bombs found at the site of a suicide bombing in Istanbul.

Police Chief Huseyin Capkin said the bombs were discovered following a suicide attack Sunday that wounded 10 police officers and 12 civilians.  He said two of the wounded were in serious condition and that the suicide bomber was killed.

Officials and witnesses said the blast ripped through a section of Taksim Square where riot police were gathering.

Turkish police cordoned off the scene, while ambulances rushed to treat the wounded.

Taksim Square is a major tourist area in the heart of modern Istanbul, with restaurants, shops and hotels.  It is also home to the Republic Monument, built in 1928 to commemorate the creation of the Turkish Republic.

There has been no claim of responsibility.

Several groups have carried out bombings in Istanbul in the past, including Islamic extremists and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

The rebels have been fighting for decades for autonomy in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast, but had recently declared a unilateral cease-fire.  Sunday’s bombing comes as the PKK cease-fire is set to expire.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

 
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Istanbul Blast Targeting Police Bus Injures over 15, May Have Been Suicide Bomb

Over 20 injured in Istanbul suicide bomb explosion. The blast occurred in Taksim square where riot police had been gathering in preparations for possible demonstrations. (Photo : RIA NOVOSTI)

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October31, 2010 (KATAKAMI / BLOOMBERG) — At least over 15 people were injured in a blast in central Istanbul that the city’s police chief said was caused by a suicide bomber.

The attacker attempted to board a police minibus in Taksim Square in the Turkish city today, Huseyin Capkin told NTV television. Capkin said at least nine police and six others were injured, and said that two of the injured are in a serious condition. It wasn’t immediately clear who was responsible for the blast. Kurdish, leftist and Islamist groups have carried out attacks in the city in the past.

A country-wide cease-fire imposed by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, was scheduled to expire today. A senior commander of the group, Murat Karayilan, apologized for killing civilians and said he wants to extend the cease-fire indefinitely, Radikal newspaper reported on Oct. 28. He also vowed not to harm civilians in future attacks, the newspaper cited him as saying in an interview.

Turkey’s fight against the PKK, which seeks autonomy in the country’s largely Kurdish southeast and is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and European Union, has led to the deaths of some 40,000 people since 1984, most of them Kurdish civilians.

 
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Over 20 injured in Istanbul suicide bomb explosion – TV

Riot police stand guard as police forensic officers inspect the scene after an explosion near the police vehicles in central Istanbul October 31, 2010. A suspected suicide bomber injured at least 15 people in the explosion in Istanbul's central Taksim Square on Sunday, Turkish media reported. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Murad Sezer )

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ANKARA, October 31 (KATAKAMI / RIA Novosti) – At least 22 people were injured after a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive in Istanbul’s main square on Sunday, local TV reported, referring to police.

The blast occurred in Taksim square where riot police had been gathering in preparations for possible demonstrations. Police chief Huseyin Capkin said ten police officers had been injured in the attack, including two policemen in a serious condition.

TV footage showed a body, believed to be that of the suicide bomber, lying near the site of the explosion, covered over with newspapers.

No radical group in Turkey has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, the TV reports said. In the past, members of the separatist rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have carried out bomb attacks in Istanbul.

 
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