Saturday, December 17, 2011

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Limits on Cuba travel, remittances stricken from bill
Tampa flights to Cuba threatened if travel restrictions pass
Cuba Travel, Money Restrictions Dropped From Fed Budget Bill
Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart vote for omnibus despite Cuba provision
Cuba restrictions slow agreement on government funding bill
Cuba’s black market cigar sellers: In pursuit of survival
Spending bill Cuba restrictions protested
Effort to curb Cuba flights fails


Iran says arrests another CIA spy

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian authorities said on Saturday they had arrested an Iranian caught spying for the United States, the Islamic Republic's latest claim of success in a spying war with Washington.
State TV quoted the Intelligence Ministry as saying the arrested person had received training at U.S. bases in neighboring Afghanistan and Iraq and was meant to feed false information to Iranian intelligence.
"This CIA agent of Iranian nationality began his mission after receiving training in weapons use," the ministry said in a statement quoted on television.
"But he was identified by Iranian intelligence agents and his espionage missions were revealed."
He was supposed to launch his mission from Bagram base in Afghanistan, the intelligence ministry report said, but Iranian intelligence agents helped him enter Iran and later arrested him.
Current and former U.S. officials told Reuters in November that Iran had succeeded in uncovering the identities of several CIA informants.
Iran said in May it had arrested 30 people on suspicion of spying for the United States and last Tuesday 15 people were indicted for spying for Washington and Israel. Spying in Iran can be punishable by death.
On December 4, Iran announced it had downed a U.S. spy plane in the eastern part of the country, near Afghanistan. It has since shown the plane on television and said it is close to cracking its technological secrets.
The United States is leading diplomatic efforts to tighten sanctions on Iran which it accuses of seeking nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies. Washington and Israel say they do not rule out making strikes on Iran's nuclear sites.
(Reporting by Hashem Kalantari; Writing by Robin Pomeroy)

Arabs may ask Security Council to adopt Syria plan

DOHA (Reuters) - Arab states may ask the U.N. Security Council to adopt their peace plan aimed at ending a Syrian crackdown on pro-democracy protests, but they will not seek military action, the Qatari foreign minister said on Saturday.
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said after an Arab ministerial committee meeting in Doha that Arab foreign ministers will meet in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss what he called Syria's delaying tactics in its response to a peace plan they presented last month.
"Since Russia has gone to the U.N. Security Council, there is a draft Arab resolution to be sent to the Arab League meeting on December 21 to ask the Security Council to adopt the Arab initiative and Arab resolutions instead of resolutions from other states," Sheikh Hamad told a news conference.
"We are not talking about military action but we will ask the Security Council to adopt the Arab initiative," he said.
Arab governments on Friday called off a regular foreign ministers' meeting meant to weigh Syria's response to the initiative for ending violence, in which more than 5,000 people have been killed, according to a U.N. count.
The League has suspended Syria's membership over its refusal to comply with the peace plan calling for President Bashar al-Assad to withdraw his troops and tanks from restive cities, free prisoners and start a dialogue with the opposition.
(Reporting by Omar Fahmy in Cairo, Firouz Sedarat in Dubai and Maya Mansour in Doha, writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Angus MacSwan)