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Putin, Netanyahu seal deal on satellite launches

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepare to deliver joint statements after their meeting in the Israeli leader's Jerusalem residence on June 25.  /AP/Jim Hollander

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has approved a plan to continue to contract Russia for satellite launches. Officials said Israel has agreed to launch some of its satellites on Russian launchers. They said the satellites would be commercial platforms slated for launch from Russia’s cosmodrome in Kazakhstan over the next four years. “We [...]

June 27th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,Israel,Kazakhstan,Mideast,Russia,Top Stories | Read More »

When regimes lose power: What Syrians want and what they fear

People watch Syrian president Bashar Assad deliver a live speech in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, June 3, 2012. Assad says his government had nothing to do with the Houla massacre, saying not even "monsters" would carry out such an ugly crime.  /Bassem Tellawi/AP

Special to By Alexander Maistrovoy, A quarter of a century ago the people of Central Asia and Caucasus tasted freedom. It was the taste of blood. One glance at the commentaries on current events in Syria reveals that they were dictated by the same person. The similar expressions and identical evaluation: “democratic forces”, [...]

June 18th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Exclusives,Kazakhstan,Mideast,Syria,Top Stories,Uzbekistan | Read More »

Israel launches Russian-made satellite for Africa telecommunications from Kazakhstan

A Russian Proton-M carrier rocket with Israel's Amos-5 satellite onboard prepares fro liftoff from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Dec. 11.  /Oleg Urusov/RIA Novosti

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has launched an advanced satellite into space orbit. Israel’s Spacecom has overseen the launch of its Amos-5 communications satellite, the first Israeli satellite manufactured in Russia. Executives said Amos-5 was transported aboard a Proton-M space launch vehicle, fired from Kazakhstan on Dec. 11. “Amos-5 will position Spacecom at [...]

December 12th, 2011 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,Israel,Kazakhstan,Mideast,Russia,Top Stories | Read More »