extra extra newspaperU.S. to boost Israel defense missile funding by $173M
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Dec 10, 2013 – U.S. lawmakers have approved boosting funding for Israel’s missile defense program by $173 million in fiscal 2014 as the Jewish state’s military establishment draws up a new defense doctrine to protect cities from Hezbollah’s growing missile arsenal. The Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli military intelligence now believes that the Iranian-backed Lebanese movement now possesses around … more

Britain on trial at Europe rights court over Iraqi death
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Dec 11, 2013 – Europe’s rights court on Wednesday will hear claims from the family of an Iraqi civilian who suffered an unexplained and violent death after being taken captive by British troops in 2003. The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will consider whether Tarek Hassan was detained in an “arbitrary and unlawful” manner and whether Britain should have carried out an investigation … more

Philippine government and Islamic rebels sign deal
Manila, Philippines (UPI) Dec 10, 2013 – The Philippine government and Muslim rebels signed a power-sharing deal that could help end a brutal 20-year conflict in the south of the country. President Benigno Aquino hailed the agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, but said “contentious” issues remain, the Manila Bulletin reported Tuesday. Aquino said the next and likely final round of negotiations with the MILF … more