1. FIGHTIN’ WORDS

    EU Condemns Lebanon’s Hezbollah

    FILE -- In this Saturday May 25, 2013 file photo, members of the demining unit of Hezbollah, raise up their hands as they shout slogans in support of pro-Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, during a rally commemorating "Liberation Day," which marks the withdrawal of the Israeli army from southern Lebanon in 2000, in Mashghara village, Bekaa valley, Lebanon. Syria's civil war has morphed into a proxy fight in which Shiite Iran has strongly backed Assad, while Sunni Arab nations have backed rebels. Many Sunni hard-liners around the Mideast have taken Hezbollah's intervention in Syria almost as a declaration of war by Shiites against Sunnis. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

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    Nobody likes to be caught off-guard—probably Iran least of all. The Iranian foreign minister on Tuesday hit back against the European Union’s blacklist of Lebanon’s military wing of Hezbollah on Monday. Calling it “surprising and unacceptable,” Ali Akbar Salehi  blamed “some influential members” of the EU and said that Israel—who cheered the decision—would be the main beneficiary. While the EU in the past has resisted U.S. calls to blacklist Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the coalition’s action on Monday came after pressure from Britain and the Netherlands, which were seeking retribution after accusing Hezbollah of being involved in last year’s bus bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israelis and their driver.

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