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Sean Stone, Oliver Stone’s son, embraces Islam in Iran

Sean Stone, son of the Oscar-award-winning director Oliver Stone, takes the name "Ali" and converts to Islam. 

Israel: Iran could be year away from building nuclear bomb

Israeli Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said Israel must be "willing to deploy" if economic sanctions against Iran don't deter its nuclear ambitions.
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The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and its battle group have been on patrol in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has threatened to close the Strait in response to EU sanctions on the import of Iranian oil. (U.S. Navy/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Iran oil embargo another staggering step towards war?

The EU's Iran oil embargo had been expected but that doesn't mean it won't significantly up the temperature.

Julian Borger at The Guardian has a lengthy essay on what this means and how the EU action might lead Iran to indulge in " ... harassment of the oil trade that would drive the price of crude up and keep it up, very much to Iran's benefit, but fall short of a casus belli for war. However, exercising such options requires subtlety and fine judgment on all sides and that is by no means a given. "


Assassinate Obama editorial draws ire, Secret Service

Assassinating President Obama for refusing to wage war on Iran is one of three options for Israel, Atlanta Jewish Times publisher Andrew Adler says.

Hackers target Israel's stock market, airline

A hacker network that claims to be based in Saudi Arabia paralyzed the websites of Israel's stock exchange and the nation's airline, El Al.

Israeli bill outlaws use of Nazi symbols

Israel's parliament created the laws in response ultra-Orthodox protesters who dressed in concentration camp clothing and called police Nazis.

Suspects arrested during Orthodox Christmas Santa stabbing

“He also killed our Christmas joy, and also killed the human and spiritual values embodied by Father Christmas – who makes children happy on Christmas Eve,” Atallah Hanna, a Greek Orthodox cleric, said to reporters. 
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