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Iran: We Can Destroy US Bases 'In Minutes'


Iran on Wednesday claimed it has the capability to destroy US bases "within minutes." US "bases are all in range of our missiles, and the occupied lands [Israel] are also good targets for us," Revolutionary Guard commander Amir Ali Haji Zadeh told the Fars news agency.

The three-day Great Prophet 7 training exercise - which simulated rapidly releasing batteries of hundreds of guided missiles and Iran-made drones at mock-ups of US bases - wrapped up on Wednesday. Zadehthe claimed that 35 US bases are within the 2,000 km range of Iran's rockets, although the actual number of bases within this area is closer to 10.

Iran's bellicose rhetoric comes amid rising tension between Iran and the US, already locked in a long-running stand-off over Iran's nuclear program. Washington, the European Union, Gulf Arab states, and Israel all believe Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons in contravention of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Worldwide sanctions led by Washington and its European allies have reduced Iranian oil export volumes by 40 percent in the past year.

In response, earlier this week, Iranian deputies again proposed a blockade of the vital Strait of Hormuz through which a fifth of the world's oil flows. The US immediately upped its already strong naval presence in the region as a warning to Iran. Meanwhile, on-going talks between Tehran and the world powers in Istanbul have so far failed to find a compromise on the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions.

Palestinian Authority Agrees to Exhume Arafat's Body

By Reuters and DPA

The Palestinian Authority agreed on Wednesday to the exhumation of Yasir Arafat's body after new allegations that he was poisoned with the radioactive element polonium-210 in 2004.

A Swiss institute that examined clothing provided by Arafat's widow Suha as part of an Al Jazeera expose said it found "surprisingly" high levels of polonium-210, though symptoms described in the president's medical reports were not consistent with the radioactive agent. The spokesman for the Institute of Radiology in Lausanne, Darcy Christen, told DPA that this was "puzzling," that the results were not sufficient to draw conclusions about the cause of death, and that further investigation was needed.

The Palestinian administration said it would approve Suha Arafat's request to bring Arafat's remains up for autopsy from his limestone mausoleum in the West Bank city of Ramallah. "The Authority, as it always has been, is ready to completely cooperate with and clear the way for an investigation into the true causes leading to the martyrdom of the late president," said Nabil Abu Rdeineh, spokesman to Arafat's successor as Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, without giving a date for such a move.

"I want the world to know the truth about the assassination of Yasir Arafat," Suha Arafat told the Qatar-based satellite TV channel, without making any direct accusations but noting that Israel and the United States saw him as an obstacle to peace. The findings stirred up old Palestinian suspicions Israel was behind the death of the 75-year old ex-terrorist it had shunned after peace talks collapsed into bloodshed in 2000.

Long ill, Arafat was airlifted to a military hospital in France where he died on Nov. 11, 2004. French doctors who treated him in his final days said they could not establish the cause of death. French officials, citing privacy laws, refused to give details of the nature of his illness.

Polonium, apparently ingested with food, was found to have caused the slow death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.Israel has denied involvement in Arafat's death and the head of its Shin Bet domestic intelligence service at the time, Avi Dichter, on Wednesday said the onus was on the Palestinians. "The body is in their hands. It is in Ramallah and really, all the keys are in their hands," he told Israel's Army Radio.

Israeli Company Unveils New Medical Smartphone


Israeli company LifeWatch Technologies has unveiled the LifeWatch V, a first of its kind medical smartphone that renders it possible to independently measure seven medical indexes: ECG, heart rate, body temperature, blood sugar levels, body fat percentages, blood oxygen saturation and an index for measuring stress.

The revolutionary development transforms the user's personal cellular handset into a sophisticated "life preserving apparatus." LifeWatch V is equipped with a rich package of tools which supports the ability to independently manage various aspects of personal health and welfare, including: Nutrition management based to the users profile and preferences, a medication reminder and physical activity log.

The LifeWatch V series of products allows end-users and healthcare providers, to track and monitor health-related indexes, thereby rendering it possible to accurately diagnose significant medical problems, at an early stage, in an accessible and cost-effective way.

Yair Tal, General Manager and Vice President of R&D at LifeWatch, told Arutz Sheva that the new smartphone "is a pure medical device. We've been developing medical devices for 20 years and this is our bread and butter."

He noted that the LifeWatch V "is absolutely accurate and equivalent to any other diagnostic device in the field. The data is automatically saved in a server which is used in a call center. The server allows the user to access the data anytime, and any health care provider who gets authorization from the user can access the data as well."

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