The world waits with bated breath for international talks to begin on Friday between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany in the hopes that the discussions will help put an end to speculation on the possibility of an all-out war in the Middle East. While some ponder whether anything but total destruction of the Iranian nuclear facilities will put Israelis' minds at ease, there is some hope that compromise is possible after Iran’s nuclear chief gave indication that Tehran’s envoys may bring a compromise to nuclear talks.

Amid increasing talk of a possible Israeli preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, some analysts have noted that little consideration has been given to just how effective such an attack would be on stopping Iran’s alleged nuclear proliferation — until now.

Amidst speculation over a possible war with Iran launched by the United States and Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) has announced that Israel will delay an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities until several weeks or months before Israel’s elections in 2013.

“A senior Likud politician told my confidential Israeli source that Bibi Netanyahu has decided to delay an Israeli attack on Iran until some weeks or possibly months before the next scheduled Israeli election. That will happen by October 2013 unless Bibi determines he wants to go to the nation earlier,” writes Richard Silverstein.

Osama bin LadenA Pakistani court convicted three of Osama bin Laden’s surviving wives and two of his daughters of being illegally present in the country. According to the sentences handed down on Monday, the five women will serve a 45-day prison sentence with credit for time served, after whch they will likely be deported.

Armed Islamist rebel groups in Syria supported by the Obama administration and Western governments seeking to oust “President” Bashir al-Assad are engaged in “ethnic cleansing” of Christians, according to news reports and human rights organizations. And as the conflict escalates, the persecution of the once-protected Christian minority is growing as well.

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