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The secret metro of Moscow

Posted by newsdesk Illustration photo (123rf) In Moscow, there are two Stalin bunkers, which you can easily get into with a guided tour: one of them is near Izmailovskaya hotel, another near Taganskaya metro station. Underground shelters that can withstand…

Flame transferred Iranian documents to Europe, US

An unidentified source says the Flame virus moved dozens of encoded Iranian documents to public cloud servers • Guardian reports U.S. is “principal player” in what has been called the most sophisticated cyberattack.

As intelligence agencies and software security experts continue to examine the Flame virus that infected computers in Iran and other countries in the Middle East, one source familiar with the matter said the virus had transferred dozens of encoded documents from Iran to public cloud servers in the Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.S. Analysts are now trying to figure out where the information continued on to, and how the virus transferred the information to its handlers.

Meanwhile, according to a weekend report in British newspaper The Guardian, the U.S. was the “principal player” in what has been widely recognized as the most sophisticated cyberattack ever.

Iran to unveil ‘great nuclear achievements’

By BBC Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said “all needs of the Iranian nation” would be met by its nuclear scientists

Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says “great” nuclear achievements will be announced in the next few days.

He did not give any details, but insisted that Iran would never halt its programme to enrich uranium, which can be used to make a nuclear warhead.

Mr Ahmadinejad was speaking at a rally in Tehran as Iranians marked the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

Mossad chief holds secret U.S. meetings on Iran nuclear threat, Senate panel reveals

During a broadcasted meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, CIA Director, panel Chairperson indicate they met Tamir Pardo in Washington this week; U.S. official: Iran willing to attack U.S. targets if threatened. By Barak Ravid

Get Haaretz on iPhone Get Haaretz on Android Mossad chief Tamir Pardo held secret talks with top U.S. officials in recent days, cursory comments made during a public Senate hearing indicated on Tuesday.

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Iran ‘definitely’ closing Strait of Hormuz over EU oil embargo

Tensions in the Gulf could reach a breaking point as a senior Iranian official said Iran would “definitely” close the Strait of Hormuz if an EU oil embargo disrupted the export of crude oil. Mohammad Kossari, deputy head of parliament’s foreign affairs and national security committee, issued the warning in respone to a decision by the European Union on Monday to impose an oil embargo on Iran over the country’s alleged nuclear weapons program.

“The pressure of sanctions is designed to try and make sure that Iran takes seriously our request to come to the table,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

However, with Washington’s decision to deploy a second carrier strike group in the Gulf, the EU’s attempt to pressure Iran economically could greatly increase the likelihood of all-out war in the region.

Mossad behind Iran blast

Blogger Richard Silverstein claims Israel orchestrated explosion that killed 17 at Iranian missile storage facility, in collaboration with local militant group ByDudi Cohen

US blogger Richard Silverstein said Saturday that Israel was the mastermind behind the blast the killed at least 17 people at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps base near Tehran.

In his blog, Tikun Olam, Silverstein quotes an Israeli expert as saying that the Mossad was responsible for the explosion, in collaboration with the Iranian militant opposition group Mojahedin-e-Khalq.

“It is widely known within intelligence circles that the Israelis use the MEK for varied acts of espionage and terror ranging from fraudulent Iranian memos alleging work on nuclear trigger devices to assassinations of nuclear scientists and bombings of sensitive military installations,” Silverstein said.

Terrorists join organized crime in trafficking of nuke and bio-material

At UN Headquarters in New York, the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), which was set up in the days following the attacks by Al Qaeda against New York and Washington on 9-11, stressed that despite “the real and significant achievements of the last 10 years,” much remains to be done at the national, regional and international levels.

In an outcome document it said “terrorism continues to pose a serious threat to international peace and security, as evidenced notably by the terrorist attacks carried out recently in various regions of the world and by terrorists’ adaptation to, and misuse of new technologies, such as the Internet, for their communication, propaganda, financing, planning, recruitment and operational purposes.”

The document noted with concern “the close connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, including trafficking of illicit drugs, money-laundering, illegal arms trafficking, and illegal movement of nuclear, chemical, biological and other potentially deadly materials.”

A paranoid run on Iodine pills

By Gary Andrew Poole

A worker at West Marin Pharmacy fills vials with iodine solution in Point Reyes Station, Calif., on March 15, 2011

Justin Sullivan / Getty Images PrintEmailReprintsFacebookTwitterMORE Add to my:del.icio.usTechnoratiredditGoogle BookmarksMixxStumbleUponBlog this on:TypePadLiveJournalBloggerMySpace. . The good news in Japan was that the winds had been pushing the radiated plumes from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant out into the Pacific Ocean, away from populated areas. The winds would likely prevent more harm from happening to the earthquake-and-tsunami-battered region.

But that didn’t seem like altogether good news to people on the West Coast of the U.S., where there is now a run on potassium iodide. The tablets can help block the absorption of radioactive iodine. The California Department of Public Health and the California Emergency Management Agency have urged residents to not take potassium iodide as a precautionary measure because it can cause serious side effects. But the warnings have not stopped Californians from rushing to buy the pills, creating a backlog at the companies that produce them.

What dangers are posed by radioactivity in Japan

By WILLIAM J. BROAD The different radioactive materials being reported at the nuclear accidents in Japan range from relatively benign to extremely worrisome. The central problem in assessing the degree of danger is that the amounts of various radioactive releases into the environment are now unknown, as are the winds and other atmospheric factors that determine how radioactivity will disperse around the stricken plants. Still, the properties of the materials and their typical interactions with the human body give some indication of the threat. “The situation is pretty bad,” said Frank N. von Hippel, a nuclear physicist who advised the Clinton White House and now teaches international affairs at Princeton. “But it could get a lot worse.” In Vienna on Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Japanese authorities had informed it that iodine pills would be distributed to residents around the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini plants in northeast Japan. Both have experienced multiple failures in the wake of the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck Friday. In the types of reactors involved, water is used to cool the reactor core and produce steam to turn the turbines that make electricity. The water contains two of the least dangerous radioactive materials now in the news — radioactive nitrogen and tritium. Normal plant operations produce both of them in the cooling water, and they are even released routinely in small amounts into the environment, usually through tall chimneys