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Samsung readies dual-mode 4G TDD/FDD LTE phones for China

Samsung Electronics is positioning itself to be one of the first handset vendors to tap into China’s upcoming market for 4G services by introducing new Galaxy S4 phones capable of operating on both FDD and TDD LTE networks. The South Korean company will bring FDD/TDD LTE dual-mode Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini phones to China once the country officially launches commercial 4G services, the company said on Thursday. Currently, most Western nations are deploying 4G networks using FDD LTE technology. But in China, the government has been heavily promoting the use of TDD LTE networks. The country’s largest carrier, China Mobile, with 740 million customers, has been building trial networks with the 4G standard.Local officials have said China will issue the 4G commercial licenses later this year. Research firm IDC expects that could be as soon as September. China is the world’s largest smartphone market, and Samsung reigns as the country’s top vendor with a 19 percent share, according to IDC. The research firm’s forecasts show that in 2014, a quarter of all smartphones shipped to China will be designed for 4G networks. By 2017, that figure will reach 50 percent Samsung’s dual mode phones will allow users to seamlessly roam over different LTE networks, the company said. The handset maker plans to launch other TDD-LTE devices in other markets in the third quarter.

Outside of China, TDD LTE networks are seeing growing adoption in certain nations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania. 

In Australia, local carrier Optus will launch the FDD/TDD LTE dual-mode phones in a few weeks.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Kerry in secret final-status talks with Netanyahu and Abbas on borders, security, Jerusalem, Jordan Valley

By Dave Robbins

The ceremonial launch of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations early Tuesday, July 30, over the Muslim iftar meal in the State Department Jefferson room, made a photogenic front for the real brass-tacks bargaining on core issues of the long Middle East dispute, which Secretary of State John Kerry has been handling discreetly with the principals, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu […]

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Obama delicately wades into Mideast talks

By avandagriff

President Barack Obama on Tuesday delicately waded into the first round of Middle East peace talks in years, meeting privately at the White House with lead negotiators for the Israeli and Palestinian delegations. Read More: Obama delicately wades into Mideast talks | CNS News.

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Obama joins new Israeli-Palestinian peace push

By avandagriff

President Barack Obama brought senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to the White House on Tuesday to give a boost to his administration’s third bid to relaunch stalled Middle East peace talks. Read More: Obama joins new Israeli-Palestinian peace push | CNS News.

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Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 7/29/2013

By The White House

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

See below for a correction to a typo in the transcript (marked with an asterisk).

1:00 P.M. EDT

MR. EARNEST: Good afternoon, everybody. I apologize for the delay in getting started. Mr. Carney —

Q We’re accustomed —

MR. EARNEST: I’m sorry?

Q We’re accustomed to it.

MR. EARNEST: Okay, good. I want to keep you in the rhythm here.

Mr. Carney is taking his son to camp today, so I’ll be minding the store. So, Julie, I’ll ring you up first.

Q Thank you. A couple questions on the Mideast peace talks that are starting in Washington tonight. We know that the President apparently is going to be meeting with Secretary Kerry later today to discuss those talks, but does he have any plans to meet with the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators while they’re in town?

MR. EARNEST: Julie, I don’t have any details about the President’s schedule over the next couple of days to read out to you. There’s no current plan for that, but I wouldn’t preclude anything from getting added in the future.

As you know, the Middle East peace process is something that — or at least these conversations that are ongoing, or that are slated for this evening, was part of a process that was kicked off by the President’s trip to the Middle East earlier this year. Many of you traveled there for that visit. And the President had the opportunity to visit with Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Abbas, and King Hussein of Jordan, where they had some conversations about how it’s in the best interest of both the Israeli and Palestinian people to engage in final status negotiations.

Since that time, Secretary Kerry has been traveling frequently to the region. I think every couple of weeks it seems like he’s taking a trip out there to talk to the parties and to talk to others in the region who have an important stake in this conflict being resolved.

So we’re certainly encouraged that the two parties are coming to Washington and beginning their conversations this evening, but we’re also cognizant of the hard work that remains over the next nine months. There are some very serious issues that have to be resolved, and it’s not going to be easy. The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, and we’ll take that first step tonight.

Q Now that this first round of talks is underway, how does the President see his direct role? Is this something where he’s going to still continue to sort of seed the frontrunner status for the U.S. to Secretary Kerry and maybe only get involved if these talks continue and get to a real final status moment?

MR. EARNEST: Well, I’ll say a couple things about that. The first is this is a process that got kick-started with the President’s trip …read more

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Interpol Posts Security Alert For Escaped Al Qaeda Members From Abu Ghraib, Taji Prison Breaks In Iraq

By The Huffington Post News Editors

PARIS — International police agency Interpol has issued a security alert around the Middle East over the escape of al-Qaida members and other dangerous convicts from two Iraqi prisons.

The agency says it is working with Iraqi police to collect photos and fingerprints of the escaped prisoners to help police worldwide hunt them down.

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Forbes: Peace Through Profits — Inside The Secret Partnerships That May Save The Middle East

By Forbes Corporate Communications, Forbes Staff New York, NY (July 24, 2013) — As Israeli and Palestinian politicians lurch towards talks, entrepreneurs have been quietly taking action. The Forbes cover story, Peace Through Profits (p. 72), takes readers inside the secret business arrangements that may save the Middle East, detailing hundreds of clandestine meetings, investments and partnerships.  One group of entrepreneurs, brought together by , is speaking a common language: tech management. Nearly 100 times over the past two years, Israeli high-tech experts have come together in the hope of making Israel’s “Startup Nation” economic miracle a cross-border affair.  Dozens of businesses are quietly – and in some cases secretly – collaborating across the Holy Land.     , like Cisco, is working to improve the Palestinian IT sector, and it has established meet-ups.  And in late May, brought 100 Palestinian and Israeli tech leaders to its new Tel Aviv headquarters for an afternoon of speeches, introductions and deal making. Where the sides differ is in their thinking about how all this relates to a future peace. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Peace Through Profits? Inside the Secret Tech Ventures That Are Reshaping The Israeli-Arab-Palestinian World

By Richard Behar, Contributor

Even by Middle East standards, the scene in a Dead Sea restaurant, situated within a “green zone”–a no-man’s-land claimed by neither Israelis nor Palestinians–was surreal. As a camel knelt outside, two Israeli soldiers nonchalantly sipped coffee at the counter and a score of rabbis said a prayer before their communal lunch–all oblivious to a dozen history-making Palestinians and Israelis huddled together in the back room. …read more

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Obama Looks to Refocus Nation on Economy

By Matt Cantor

Natural disasters, political scandals, and stories ranging from the Middle East to Trayvon Martin have diverted the national conversation away from the economy, and President Obama is launching an effort to bring it back. The administration is planning a new batch of speeches—up to six, with the first one… …read more

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Iran denounces EU blacklisting of Hezbollah's military wing

Iran says the European Union’s decision to blacklist the military wing of Lebanon’s Hezbollah was “strange” and “uncalculated.” Foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araghchi told a news conference in Tehran Tuesday that the decision by the EU to place the Shiite militant group on its terror list serves Israel’s interests and will only complicate the situation in the Middle East. …read more

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Agreement on basis to resume Mideast peace talks: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that an agreement has been reached between the Israelis and Palestinians for the basis to resume Middle East peace talks.

“I’m pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” Kerry told reporters in Amman, Jordan.

“This is a significant and welcome step forward. The agreement is still in the process of being finalised so we are absolutely not going to talk about any of the elements now.”

The top US diplomat also said that Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat and his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni would meet him in Washington “to begin initial talks within the next week or so”.

The announcement came at the end of four days of intense diplomacy by the secretary of state as he consulted Israeli and Palestinian leaders from his base in the Jordanian capital.

Talks between the Israelis and Palestinians have been frozen for three years, after Israel refused to agree to a new suspension of settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.

In his brief comments to the press, Kerry praised the courage of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“No one believes the long-standing differences between the parties will be resolved overnight or just wiped away. We know that the challenges require some very tough choices in the days ahead,” he said.

“Today, however, I am hopeful. I am hopeful because of the courageous leadership by President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu. Both of them have chosen to make difficult choices here and both of them were instrumental.”

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Florida mosque leaders say teen talked of jihad

A 19-year-old accused of traveling to the Middle East to train with terrorists raised the suspicions of people at a Florida mosque when he started talking to other teens about violence.

Parvez Ahmed, the board secretary at the Islamic Center in Jacksonville, said Friday that Shelton Bell talked to other kids about jihad and the civil war in Syria. The other kids’ parents became concerned.

Ahmed says mosque leaders consulted their attorney and then notified law enforcement because they were concerned about Bell’s statements.

A federal grand jury indicted Bell, on charges of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He is being held at the county jail in Jacksonville on unrelated state charges.

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Vodafone says Q1 sales lifted by emerging markets

British mobile phone giant Vodafone said on Friday that sales grew in the first quarter, as strength in emerging markets countered weakness in Europe.

Total sales, including joint ventures, grew by 2.5 percent to ??10.155 billion in the first quarter or three months to the end of June, compared with a year earlier, Vodafone said in a trading update, adding that it remains on course to meet full-year targets.

“We have made a good start to the year in our areas of strategic focus: growth in emerging markets has accelerated,” said Chief Executive Vittorio Colao in the statement.

However, sales in Northern and Central Europe fell 3.0 percent due to increased competition.

Southern Europe revenues dived 14.4 percent, with particularly heavy drops in Italy and Spain, as trading conditions remained “difficult” in the region.

But the group’s Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific region posted a 5.9-percent sales increase.

Vodafone added that its 7.7-billion-euro ($10.1-billion) takeover of Kabel Deutschland was expected to complete at the end of this year.

Colao added: “The proposed acquisition of Kabel Deutschland will create an excellent platform for our unified communications strategy in our most important market.

“Although regulation, competitive pressures and weak economies, particularly in Southern Europe, continue to restrict revenue growth, we continue to lay strong foundations for the longer term.”

The group had clinched a deal to purchase Germany’s biggest cable operator last month in a bid to grow in Europe.

Kabel Deutschland is Germany’s leading cable provider, providing television, telephony and broadband services to about 8.5 million connected households in 13 of Germany’s 16 federal states.

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