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Flame virus ‘Told to Vanish’, say experts

U.S. computer security researchers say the Flame computer virus has gotten orders to vanish, leaving no trace. By Elad Benari

U.S. computer security researchers said on Sunday that the Flame computer virus, which struck at least 600 specific computer systems in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority, has gotten orders to vanish, leaving no trace.

AFP reported that anti-virus company Symantec said in a blog post that late last week that some Flame “command-and-control servers sent an updated command to several compromised computers.”

“This command was designed to completely remove (Flame) from the compromised computers,” said the statement. Flame virus ‘Told to Vanish’, say experts

Row erupts in east Lebanon over Hezbollah telecommunication network

Christian residents of Tarshish claim Hezbollah followers threatened them after municipality refused installation of private network. By DPA

A row has erupted in eastern Lebanon between Christians and followers of the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement over the installation of a private Hezbollah telecommunication network, Lebanon’s MTV reported Monday.

Christian residents of the village of Tarshish, 57 kilometres east of Beirut and near the Syrian border, said Hezbollah followers threatened them after the municipality stopped the Shiite movement from installing a private telecommunication network in the area.

Tarshish Mayor Gaby Semaan said Hezbollah is threatening “another May 7, 2008” if the Tarshish residents insist on preventing the party from installing its telecommunications network in the area.

Cyrus and Israel set maritime borders

Cabinet ratifies agreement with Cyprus setting borders around area thought to contain natural gas, oil reserves. Lieberman slams Lebanese rejection of borders: ‘Hezbollah looking for friction, but we won’t give up what is rightfully ours’

Ronen Medzini

The Cabinet on Sunday ratified an agreement with Cyprus which sets Israel’s maritime borders.

Lebanon has rejected the borders set by the two countries, claiming the state is impinging on its naval territory, but Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel would not cede “one centimeter”.

Lieberman also denied reports that the US supports Lebanon’s claims, calling them “nonsense”.

“We have already concluded an agreement on this issue with Cyprus… Lebanon, under pressure from Hezbollah, is looking for friction, but we will not give up any part of what is rightfully ours,” he said in a radio interview.

Israel’s army prepares for war on all fronts

By YAAKOV KATZ

Military holds drill aimed at preparing forces for all-out war against Hezbollah, Syria, Hamas; exercise did not include soldiers, live-fire.
The exercise did not include soldiers or live-fire exercises, but was held to drill commanders and their decisions in the event of a large-scale war on multiple fronts.

The exercise was the first overseen by new Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz. It was organized by Maj.-Gen. Gershon Hacohen, head of the IDF Colleges.

The IDF stressed that the drill was part of the military’s routine exercise program and included all of its various branches – ground, air and navy – with an emphasis on interoperability and operational continuity.

The scenarios simulated during the drill included a war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, sparked by a terrorist attack overseas as well as the involvement of Syria, Hamas and Iran.

“The drill is part of our need to retain a level of readiness,” Gantz said.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak and members of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee visited the base where the exercise was held, even though the political echelon did not play an active role in the war games.

Day of rage as Hezbollah take power in Lebanon

TRIPOLI, Lebanon— The billionaire businessman chosen by Hezbollah and its allies as Lebanon’s prime minister called for a unity government Tuesday, a sign that the Iranian-backed militant group does not want to push its growing power too far and risk isolation abroad and an escalation of sectarian tensions at home.

In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned that formation of a government dominated by Hezbollah would mean changes in U.S. relations with Lebanon. The militant group and its allies ousted the government backed by Washington two weeks ago when they walked out of the Cabinet.

Crisis in Lebanon deepens as Hezbollah forces collapse

Resignations Deepen Crisis for Lebanon

By Nada Bakri In practical terms, however, the turmoil will have little effect, as the government has been paralyzed for months.

The resignations returned Lebanon to familiar terrain. Hezbollah and its foes have wrestled over the direction of the country since the former prime minister, Rafik Hariri, was killed in a bombing along the Beirut seafront in February 2005.

After a lengthy investigation, the tribunal is now expected to indict members of Hezbollah, a Shiite movement that the United States considers a terrorist organization and the single most powerful force in Lebanon