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by Ephraim Kam,

The election of Hassan Rowhani as Iran's president is surprising – not only in the very fact of his election, but particularly in the large majority he received, which made a second round of voting unnecessary. Prior to the elections, two candidates were considered to lead the race: Saeed Jalili, who is Iran's national security advisor and head of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team, and is very close to Supreme Leader Khamenei; and Tehran’s popular mayor, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf. (Full Story)

By Yoram Evron,  

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to make an official visit to China in early May 2013. This would be the first visit by an Israeli prime minister to China in over six years, and given the rarity of the meetings between the two heads of state and China’s increased influence internationally, the trip is important. (Full Story)

By Gerard Ryle, Marina Walker Guevara, Michael Hudson, Nicky Hager, Duncan Campbell and Stefan Candea

Government officials and their families and associates in Canada, Azerbaijan, Russia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Canada, Mongolia and other countries have embraced the use of covert companies and bank accounts. The mega-rich use complex offshore structures to own mansions, yachts, art masterpieces and other assets, gaining tax advantages and anonymity not available to average people.
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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — Police in  Massachusetts are conducting a massive manhunt for one of the suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, after killing the other suspect in a shootout late Thursday.  US media are reporting the suspects are brothers of Chechen origin. (Full Story)
JERUSALEM — U.S. President Barack Obama arrived to a full ceremonial welcome at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport Wednesday and declared that America's alliance with Israel is "eternal and forever." (Full Story)
A long, tense week is over for residents of Boston, Massachusetts, and its suburbs, after U.S. law enforcement authorities cornered and captured the second of two suspected Boston Marathon bombers late Friday. (Full Story)
U.S. federal investigators are working to uncover who was behind a twin bombing Monday, April 15, 2013, at the Boston Marathon that left at least three people dead and more than 140 others injured. (Full Story)
by Oded Eran,

Sequestration in the US budget is a process of across-the-board spending cuts, mandated by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-177). In the separate legislation of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-125), one of the provisions states that failure by Congress to reduce the budget by $1.2 trillion would result in automatic spending reductions in Fiscal Years (FY) 2013-2021. (Full Story)

Algerian officials say security forces searching a desert gas complex raided by Islamists have found the bodies of more hostages killed by the militants in the four-day seizure of the facility this week. (Full Story)
 A convoy of French tanks rolled out of Mali's capital Tuesday, heading to northern regions controlled by Islamists. France is building up its forces in Mali, sending in tanks and armored vehicles while carrying out new airstrikes against terrorists.  (Full Story)
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