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  • Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 11:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee voted 18-4 to pass the bill aimed at ramping up economic pressure on Iran starting in July if it doesn't ink...

  • Romney takes aim at Obama, Clinton in Mississippi Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 1:09 PM ET

    STARKVILLE, Miss.— Mitt Romney hasn't officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during a stop Wednesday in Mississippi, back-slapping at a popular barbecue joint before delivering a speech that questioned Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's foreign policy and economic...

  • Democrats put brakes on Iran sanctions bill Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 10:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now a looming showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon. At the same time, supporters of the bill say the letter signals the White House that Menendez and his...

  • JERUSALEM— The leaders of Israel and Japan have called for greater bilateral economic cooperation during a meeting in Jerusalem. Japan is a country of innovation, Israel is a country of innovation... together we can do a lot more. " "Japan and Israel are both countries that don't have much of the natural resources but what we have is human resources," Abe said, adding that...

  • JERUSALEM, Jan 6- New regulation of Israel's natural gas and mining industries aimed at increasing competition to bring down prices is scaring off investors, putting billions of dollars at risk. But investor concern intensified in late December when the antitrust authority declared that stakeholders in two large natural gas fields-- Israel's Delek Group and...

  • JERUSALEM, Dec 24- The group that controls two large gas fields off Israel's shores could seek international arbitration to defend its assets, it said on Wednesday, a day after an Israeli regulator raised the prospect of it being stripped of some of its holdings. Gideon Tadmor, chairman of Delek Drilling and CEO of Avner Oil, said the consortium-- which also includes...

  • *Delek and Noble hold 85 pct of Leviathan. JERUSALEM, Dec 23- Israel's competition regulator recommended on Tuesday breaking up what it says is a monopoly control of the country's offshore gas reserves by Noble Energy and Delek Group, who together hold 85 percent of the giant Leviathan field. Following heavy political pressure, Commissioner David Gilo has...

  • JERUSALEM, Dec 22- Israel's antitrust authority said Monday it may revoke an arrangement permitting an Israeli and a U.S. company to develop Israel's largest natural gas field by branding them a cartel. The authority summoned representatives of Israel's Delek Group and Texas- based Noble Energy and told them it was "still considering to announce that buying...

  • *Forty pct of Israelis can't make ends meet- official data. JERUSALEM, Dec 21- Israel's high cost of living is set to dominate a March 17 election that could shake up Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, with voter anger symbolized by an overpriced dessert. We have a moment to change the direction Israel goes, "said Naor Narkis, a 25- year-old former...

  • *Government collapse, slower growth weigh on Israel's currency. JERUSALEM/ TEL AVIV, Dec 4- The collapse of Israel's government will keep investors on edge at least until new elections are held in March, adding to the economic hit to tourism and growth from the July-August Gaza war. This week alone it has lost 2.5 percent against the dollar, with the fall of Prime...

  • *Israel says Iran must not become "nuclear threshold state". VIENNA, Nov 23- Iran, the United States and other world powers are discussing an extension to Monday's deadline for a deal to resolve a 12- year stand-off over Tehran's atomic ambitions, Western and Iranian officials said. The talks in Vienna aim for an accord that could transform the Middle East, open the...

  • *Israel helped India in shift to micro-irrigation. Since Modi came to power in May, ties between Israel and India have been in overdrive, with the two signing a series of defence and technology deals that have underscored their burgeoning commercial and political relationship. In October, India closed a $520 million deal to buy Israeli anti-tank missiles.

  • *Tensions high in Jerusalem over contested holy site. *Early elections widely expected in Israel. That cautious approach has harmed Israel's ties with Jordan, which oversees the holy site- known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and Jews as Temple Mount- prompting Amman to withdraw its ambassador for the first time since a 1994 peace treaty.

  • *Iran to hold its biggest investment forum in years in London. *But sanctions remain, Britain won't encourage Iran trade. But the Europe-Iran Forum is being held at a politically sensitive moment as world powers try to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear program before a Nov. 24 deadline.

  • *Sweden set for shift in foreign policy with new government. STOCKHOLM, Oct 7- Sweden's decision to recognize the Palestine state- without formally consulting its allies- may herald a wider foreign policy shift that has at its heart the aim of asserting a new diplomatic weight around the world. Until now Sweden, under a center-right government, has been close to...

  • TEL AVIV, Oct 5- Israel plans to issue minority stakes of up to 49 percent in state-owned companies on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange over the next three years, a move the Finance Ministry said would bring in revenue of 15 billion shekels. The move, which is common in many other Western countries, is also expected to develop and strengthen Israel's capital market, the...

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 1- Erel Margalit has packed a lot in, from frontline combat in Lebanon to a PhD in philosophy at Columbia University, advising Jerusalem's former mayor and launching a billion dollar venture capital firm.

  • TEL AVIV, Sept 23- Israel's dedication to developing its defense capabilities has been extended to cyberspace in recent years, spawning an industry which has attracted a near four-fold increase in venture capital investment since 2010 as a growing overseas market for cyber security experts beckons.

  • TEL AVIV, Sept 23- Israel's dedication to developing its defence capabilities has been extended to cyberspace in recent years, spawning an industry which has attracted a near four-fold increase in venture capital investment since 2010 as a growing overseas market for cyber security experts beckons.

  • *Defence Ministry seeks $3.1 billion for 2015. JERUSALEM, Sept 4- Days after Israel reached a ceasefire after 50 days of war against Hamas in Gaza, the finance ministry and the central bank are at odds over how to cover hefty defence costs in next year's budget.