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Drones and missiles sold to Azerbaijan

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli defense officials Sunday confirmed $1.6 billion in deals to sell drones as well as anti-aircraft and missile defense systems to Azerbaijan, bringing sophisticated Israeli technology to the doorstep of archenemy Iran.

The sales by state-run Israel Aerospace Industries come at a delicate time. Israel has been laboring to form diplomatic alliances in a region that seems to be growing increasingly hostile to the Jewish state.

Its most pressing concern is Iran's nuclear program, and Israeli leaders have hinted broadly that they would be prepared to attack Iranian nuclear facilities if they see no other way to keep Tehran from building bombs.

In Jerusalem, Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Iran's nuclear program will take center stage in his upcoming talks with U.S. and Canadian leaders. Netanyahu is to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa on Friday and with President Obama in Washington next Monday.


Mandela goes home after night in hospital

JOHANNESBURG -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela was discharged from a hospital in good health Sunday after a surgical procedure in which a camera is inserted into the body to check abdominal or pelvic problems.

President Jacob Zuma said in a written statement that Mandela was sent home after the procedure revealed no serious health problems. Mandela, 93, had spent the night in the hospital.

South African officials did not detail the reasons for the surgery other than to say it was a related to a long-standing abdominal condition that caused some discomfort.

Defense Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said Mandela was as "fine as he can be at his age."

-- Los Angeles Times