A Givot Olam oil-drilling site. New wells could endanger wildlife.
A Givot Olam oil-drilling site. New wells could endanger wildlife. Photo by Daniel Bar-On
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The International Atomic Energy Agency has found traces of uranium enriched up to 27 percent at Iran’s enrichment site at Fordo, diplomats told The Associated Press on Friday. This enrichment level is above Iran's highest-known enrichment grade, which is close to 20 percent.

Syrian rebels tried to poison several to regime officials a few days ago, senior Israeli officials said on Thursday. The information shows that Syrian President Assad’s brother-in-law and other senior officials were indeed poisoned, but prompt medical treatment saved their life.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood claimed Friday that its candidate Mohamed Mursi was granted the most votes in the presidential election. While it was not yet clear whether the announcement is correct, it could serve as a significant surprise since the preliminary polls indicated that Mursi’s chances of winning were slim.

U.S. Jewish groups urged Israel to protect African migrants in the country, following Wednesday night’s violent riots in south Tel Aviv. The violence followed a rally against the presence of the migrants, which ended with police arresting 17 protesters.

In an official high school exam, British students were asked to explain bias against Jews, U.K. media reported on Friday. In a religious studies exam, the students were asked to "Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.”

Germany's medical association adopted earlier this week a declaration apologizing for experiments and other actions of doctors under the Nazi regime. In a statement, the association said many doctors were guilty of human rights violations,  and involvement in forced sterilization and euthanasia programs.

An Israeli oil exploration firm was granted approval to seek oil in a rare natural habitat, an area which is already threatened by construction. The wells, to be drilled by the company Givot Olam, are in a location first designated as an ecological corridor a decade ago by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

The Circassians, a tiny Muslim community who came to Palestine in the late 19th century from the Caucasus, marked earlier this week the memorial day of the genocide of their people. On this date in 1984 Russia declared victory over Caucasus.