Report: Iran Has Built Launch Pad for Ballistic Missiles

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_8e1266eaca.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (JERUSALEM) -- Iran may have built a new launch site to test ballistic missiles, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday, according to analysts at IHS Jane's Military and Security Assessments Center, a global researcher with offices in the U.S. and throughout the world. This new pad, if it does exist, would leave Iran's two other launch sites dedicated to just launching satellites.

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Syria Denies Al-Assad Convoy Struck by Rockets

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_fd9ade8da7.jpgSasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is reportedly alive and well in case his enemies were wondering otherwise. One militant faction seeking to oust the embattled leader claimed Thursday morning that mortars struck al-Assad's convoy on his way to a mosque in Damascus to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

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Yemen Says It Foiled Al Qaeda Plot Against Foreign Interests

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_5b86a13a45.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(SANAA, Yemen) -- The Yemeni government said on Wednesday that it stopped an al Qaeda plot to attack the Canadian-run Mina al-Dhaba oil terminal on the Arabian Sea coast and seize the port city of Al-Mukalla. The claim follows the U.S. pulling Americans out of Yemen along with the closure of U.S. embassies and missions throughout the Middle East and North Africa due to fears of a possible militant strike.

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Diplomacy Fails to Bring Egypt's Warring Sides Together

GETTY_42213_Adly Mansour.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1375950336856KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images (CAIRO) -- In an ominous sign of what may be to come in Egypt, its interim president said that "international efforts" to bring about a peaceful resolution were not successful. Adly Mansour, who replaced ousted President Mohamed Morsi one month ago, said he "holds the Muslim Brotherhood fully responsible for ruining [diplomatic] efforts, and for whatever repercussions" that might occur.

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Netanyahu Doesn't Trust New Iranian President

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_fef2877d17.jpgLior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Calling Iran's new president "a wolf in sheep’s clothing," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there is no sign that Tehran is making efforts to scale back its nuclear program, which Israel believes is a major threat to its survival. Hassan Rouhani is considered a moderate compared to other Iranian leaders but Netanyahu contends that Iran’s nuclear program is still active and the only way to curtail it is through "pressures and the explicit threats of military action."

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