1. turmoil in Iran heading for the worst: EXPERTS.
KUWAIT: The current turmoil in Iran is rapidly snowballing into a grave issue between the regime and opposition parties. International reactions have been direct and prying especially since Iran has adopted a defiant stance on the issue of its nuclear capability. This, incidentally, has been the center of United States' international policy.
...He explained that internal division keeps widening and that the regime lacks the ability to take firm stands on foreign policy. So the Iranian regime faces a period of crises.
He said that during times when no decisions have been taken by the Iranian government, other countries such as Israel will consider this hesitation to be an intentional obstruction.
...He continued by saying that Western countries will not bear with delays anymore. Iranians have been asked to give explanations even though they are unable to do so because of internal turmoil. The Iranian opposition is exerting increasing pressure on the regime hindering it from adopting a more rational and lenient policy towards unrest.
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2. Iran studying Kerry's request for visit
He described massive media reports by the West on Kerry's request for paying a visit to Tehran as a new psychological warfare, saying that the measure is aimed at increasing pressures on Iran in case it denies Kerry's request.
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3. no developments regarding Israel's withdrawal from Ghajar
BEIRUT, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) deputy spokesperson said on Wednesday that currently there are no changes regarding Israeli withdrawal from al-Ghajar village. Andrei Tenenti told Xinhua that the peacekeeping forces has delivered proposals regarding the Israeli withdrawal to both Lebanon and Israel, but they have received no response till now.
...The UNIFIL statement came a day after local daily An Nahar reported that Israel will pull out of the northern part of the border village by the end of January 2010 following a deal between UNIFIL and Israel. Well-informed U.S. sources told the local newspaper that the Israeli troops will evacuate from the Lebanese side of the village in accordance with UN Resolution 1701 based on a UNIFIL plan.
4. Kazakhmys secures $2.7B loan from China development bank
Kazakh copper producer Kazakhmys (KAZ.L:Quote) secured a loan of up to $2.7 billion from the China Development Bank and Kazakh state welfare fund Samruk-Kazyna to develop growth projects, the firm said on Wednesday.
The loan will further boost ties between Kazakhstan and resource-hungry China, which has invested $13 billion into the oil-rich former Soviet republic this year, the head of Samruk-Kazyna told Reuters on Tuesday.
Most of the loan, about $2 billion, will fund the development of the Boschekul copper project in northern Kazakhstan, which could produce 12.5 million tonnes of copper ore annually.
5. China needs overseas base
BEIJING - CHINA needs a permanent naval base overseas to resupply its ships contributing to the multinational anti-piracy flotilla in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, a prominent Chinese naval researcher was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
The suggestion marks a further step away from China's avowed policy of not maintaining foreign military bases or alliances. Beijing says a more active naval presence abroad is necessary to protect sea lanes through which its vital foreign trade and natural resources travel.read more @ straits times