Officials Watch for Terrorists With Body Bombs on US-Bound Planes

Officials Watch for Terrorists With Body Bombs on US-Bound Planes

By BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , RICHARD ESPOSITO and RHONDA SCHWARTZ

April 30, 2012

With the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death looming, American and European authorities told ABC News today that they fear al Qaeda may soon try to explode U.S.-bound aircraft with explosives hidden inside the bodies of terrorists.

As a result, security at several airports in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East has been substantially stepped up, with a focus on U.S. carriers……

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/officials-fear-terrorists-body-bombs-us-bound-planes/story?id=16245827#.T58mHsRAaAt

Officials Watch for Terrorists With Body Bombs on US-Bound Planes

Officials Watch for Terrorists With Body Bombs on US-Bound Planes

By BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , RICHARD ESPOSITO and RHONDA SCHWARTZ

April 30, 2012

With the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death looming, American and European authorities told ABC News today that they fear al Qaeda may soon try to explode U.S.-bound aircraft with explosives hidden inside the bodies of terrorists.

As a result, security at several airports in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East has been substantially stepped up, with a focus on U.S. carriers……

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/officials-fear-terrorists-body-bombs-us-bound-planes/story?id=16245827#.T58mHsRAaAt

Report: 63 Egyptians for 1 Israeli National

Report: 63 Egyptians for 1 Israeli National

Jerusalem is set to swap 63 Egyptian prisoners for Israeli Odeh Tarabin, who has been imprisoned in Egypt since 2000 for espionage

By Gabe Kahn

First Publish: 4/30/2012, 9:06 PM

Israel and Egypt are set to conduct a prisoner exchange on Sunday in which 63 Egyptians will be swapped for an Israeli national convicted of spying for Israel, Israeli sources say.

Egyptian authorities have yet to formally accept the deal, but Israeli political sources were quoted by Israel’s state Arabic-language radio station saying the deal was going ahead.

According to the Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency, some 40 Egyptian inmates in Israeli prisons went on strike after Jerusalem and Cairo had failed to agree on the prisoner swap earlier this week.

The swap was originally scheduled for last Wednesday, but did not go ahead amid the imbroglio between Israel and Egypt over the latter’s decision to terminate its natural gas deal with the Jewish state, the Egyptian Independent reported.

But Radio Kol Israel on Sunday reported that only three Egyptian prisoners had gone on hunger strike to demand their release, adding that they are receiving medical treatment at Ramla prison.

The station added that the Egyptian consul, Sameh Nabil, has requested permission to visit the prisoners.

Israeli Odeh Tarabin has been in Egyptian custody since he was tried and convicted of espionage in 2000. Egyptian authorities have frequently used the arrest of Israeli nationals on ‘espionage charges’ as a means of forcing prisoner swaps favorable to Cairo….

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155287#.T58lk8RYv5E

Report: 63 Egyptians for 1 Israeli National

Report: 63 Egyptians for 1 Israeli National

Jerusalem is set to swap 63 Egyptian prisoners for Israeli Odeh Tarabin, who has been imprisoned in Egypt since 2000 for espionage

By Gabe Kahn

First Publish: 4/30/2012, 9:06 PM

Israel and Egypt are set to conduct a prisoner exchange on Sunday in which 63 Egyptians will be swapped for an Israeli national convicted of spying for Israel, Israeli sources say.

Egyptian authorities have yet to formally accept the deal, but Israeli political sources were quoted by Israel’s state Arabic-language radio station saying the deal was going ahead.

According to the Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency, some 40 Egyptian inmates in Israeli prisons went on strike after Jerusalem and Cairo had failed to agree on the prisoner swap earlier this week.

The swap was originally scheduled for last Wednesday, but did not go ahead amid the imbroglio between Israel and Egypt over the latter’s decision to terminate its natural gas deal with the Jewish state, the Egyptian Independent reported.

But Radio Kol Israel on Sunday reported that only three Egyptian prisoners had gone on hunger strike to demand their release, adding that they are receiving medical treatment at Ramla prison.

The station added that the Egyptian consul, Sameh Nabil, has requested permission to visit the prisoners.

Israeli Odeh Tarabin has been in Egyptian custody since he was tried and convicted of espionage in 2000. Egyptian authorities have frequently used the arrest of Israeli nationals on ‘espionage charges’ as a means of forcing prisoner swaps favorable to Cairo….

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155287#.T58lk8RYv5E

U.N. panel prepares to expand North Korea sanctions: envoys

U.N. panel prepares to expand North Korea sanctions: envoys

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS | Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:55pm EDT

(Reuters) – The United States, South Korea, Japan and European nations have submitted to the U.N. Security Council’s North Korea sanctions committee lists of individuals and firms they want blacklisted after Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch, envoys said on Monday.

Earlier this month the 15-nation council strongly condemned North Korea’s April 13 rocket launch, called for adding new names to the list of those hit by existing U.N. sanctions and warned Pyongyang of further consequences if it carried out another missile launch or nuclear test.

“So far the United States, European council members, South Korea and Japan have proposed new designations ahead of tomorrow’s midnight deadline (to agree on new names),” a council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately clear which firms and individuals the council would blacklist, assuming it reached agreement…..

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/30/us-korea-north-un-idUSBRE83T1D720120430?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29

U.N. panel prepares to expand North Korea sanctions: envoys

U.N. panel prepares to expand North Korea sanctions: envoys

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS | Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:55pm EDT

(Reuters) – The United States, South Korea, Japan and European nations have submitted to the U.N. Security Council’s North Korea sanctions committee lists of individuals and firms they want blacklisted after Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch, envoys said on Monday.

Earlier this month the 15-nation council strongly condemned North Korea’s April 13 rocket launch, called for adding new names to the list of those hit by existing U.N. sanctions and warned Pyongyang of further consequences if it carried out another missile launch or nuclear test.

“So far the United States, European council members, South Korea and Japan have proposed new designations ahead of tomorrow’s midnight deadline (to agree on new names),” a council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately clear which firms and individuals the council would blacklist, assuming it reached agreement…..

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/30/us-korea-north-un-idUSBRE83T1D720120430?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29

Netanyahu: Decision on Elections Within Two Weeks

Netanyahu: Decision on Elections Within Two Weeks

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Likud ministers today that he will decide about new elections after a feasibility study is made

By Gabe Kahn

First Publish: 4/30/2012, 7:01 PM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday that a decision on whether to hold early elections will be made by the end of the next week.

Netanyahu, whose father died at the age of 102 on Monday, will be restriciting his official appearances for the next week as he observes the traditional Jewish first week of mourning known as “shiva.”

Netanyahu told the Likud ministers during a morning meeting, saying the decision would follow after examining the “feasibility” of such a move.

The primary point of contention in the Likud-led coalition is Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s insistence on immediately nullifying the Tal Law, which would abolish exemptions to IDF service received by Israel’s Hareidi community.

This morning, Netanyahu met in his office with Boaz loom, Eidan Miller, Joab Kish, Zohra Berger, and Yotam Berger who represent a movement among IDF reservists opposed to the Tal Law….

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155293#.T57J38RAaAs

Netanyahu: Decision on Elections Within Two Weeks

Netanyahu: Decision on Elections Within Two Weeks

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Likud ministers today that he will decide about new elections after a feasibility study is made

By Gabe Kahn

First Publish: 4/30/2012, 7:01 PM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday that a decision on whether to hold early elections will be made by the end of the next week.

Netanyahu, whose father died at the age of 102 on Monday, will be restriciting his official appearances for the next week as he observes the traditional Jewish first week of mourning known as “shiva.”

Netanyahu told the Likud ministers during a morning meeting, saying the decision would follow after examining the “feasibility” of such a move.

The primary point of contention in the Likud-led coalition is Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s insistence on immediately nullifying the Tal Law, which would abolish exemptions to IDF service received by Israel’s Hareidi community.

This morning, Netanyahu met in his office with Boaz loom, Eidan Miller, Joab Kish, Zohra Berger, and Yotam Berger who represent a movement among IDF reservists opposed to the Tal Law….

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155293#.T57J38RAaAs

Bombings spread in Syria as Al Qaeda seizes control of rebel factions

Bombings spread in Syria as Al Qaeda seizes control of rebel factions

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2012, 7:09 PM

Around the first anniversary of the death of al Qaeda’s iconic leader Osama bin Laden at the hands of US special forces, the jihadist movement is making an operational comback in the Arab world and Africa. The suicide bombings hitting Damascus and Idlib in the last 24 hours were the work of Al Qaeda in Iraq – AQI, whose operatives have been pouring into Syria in the last two weeks, DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report.

Washington has not asked Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki to stem the outward flow, realizing he is glad to see the backs of the terrorists and waving them across the border into Syria. Our sources report from Western agencies fighting al Qaeda that several thousand operatives have arrived in Syria to fight the Assad regime, most entering the country from the north. They come fully armed with quantities of explosives. Among them are hundreds of Saudis, Egyptians, Lebanese, Palestinians, Iraqis and Sudanese.

They quickly join up with the hundreds of al Qaeda fighters from Libya present at Free Syrian Army-FSA training camps in southeast Turkey. There, they are instructed in the geography of Syrian government, army and security forces locations, led across the border and transported to their targeted locations by special guides.

Monday, April 30, the day after Norwegian Maj. Gen. Robert Hood took command of a painfully inadequate force of UN UN truce supervisors, al Qaeda let loose with a spate of bombings in Damascus and the northeastern flashpoint town of Idlib. I

In the capital, they bombed the Syrian central bank with RPG grenades, ambushed a police patrol in the town center and blew up a bomb car against a Syrian military convoy driving through the Qudsiya district. Two days earlier, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Zain al-Abideen mosque of Damascus, killing at least 9 worshippers…..

http://www.debka.com/article/21961/

Bombings spread in Syria as Al Qaeda seizes control of rebel factions

Bombings spread in Syria as Al Qaeda seizes control of rebel factions

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2012, 7:09 PM

Around the first anniversary of the death of al Qaeda’s iconic leader Osama bin Laden at the hands of US special forces, the jihadist movement is making an operational comback in the Arab world and Africa. The suicide bombings hitting Damascus and Idlib in the last 24 hours were the work of Al Qaeda in Iraq – AQI, whose operatives have been pouring into Syria in the last two weeks, DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report.

Washington has not asked Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki to stem the outward flow, realizing he is glad to see the backs of the terrorists and waving them across the border into Syria. Our sources report from Western agencies fighting al Qaeda that several thousand operatives have arrived in Syria to fight the Assad regime, most entering the country from the north. They come fully armed with quantities of explosives. Among them are hundreds of Saudis, Egyptians, Lebanese, Palestinians, Iraqis and Sudanese.

They quickly join up with the hundreds of al Qaeda fighters from Libya present at Free Syrian Army-FSA training camps in southeast Turkey. There, they are instructed in the geography of Syrian government, army and security forces locations, led across the border and transported to their targeted locations by special guides.

Monday, April 30, the day after Norwegian Maj. Gen. Robert Hood took command of a painfully inadequate force of UN UN truce supervisors, al Qaeda let loose with a spate of bombings in Damascus and the northeastern flashpoint town of Idlib. I

In the capital, they bombed the Syrian central bank with RPG grenades, ambushed a police patrol in the town center and blew up a bomb car against a Syrian military convoy driving through the Qudsiya district. Two days earlier, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Zain al-Abideen mosque of Damascus, killing at least 9 worshippers…..

http://www.debka.com/article/21961/