It's all about Iran this news cycle. Yesterday morning, Iran signed off on a historic interim deal to temporarily halt---or slow---its nuclear development program.
that the United Nations will convene Syrian peace talks in Geneva on January 22.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made a surprise plea for resuming peace ties and discarding restrictive visa requirements between Pakistan and India at a Sunday literary and cultural conference. Here
is the Times of India
that Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. track down Osama Bin Laden, was charged with murder on Friday for the death of a patient. Afridi is already in prison after being convicted last year of providing assistance to the militants of Lashkar-e-Islami and being sentenced to 33 years, despite pressure from the Obama administration for his release.
Lashkar-e Islam is in the news again in connection with the Saturday kidnapping of 11 teachers involved in a polio vaccination campaign along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Radio Free Europe
has the story
On Saturday thousands of people protesting U.S. drone strikes blocked a road in Pakistan used to move NATO troop supplies in and out of Afghanistan, writes Al Jazeera America
that the Libyan army has declared a "state of alert" in Benghazi after clashes broke out between troops and an armed group, killing at least nine and wounding at least 47.
Egypt has expelled the Turkish ambassador for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "provactive criticisms" of Cairo, reports
the New York Times
Sunday elections in Mali were marred by low turnout and vote abuses, with only a fraction of the country's 6.7 million eligible voters casting ballots and armed men carrying off ballot boxes in the Timbuktu region. Reuters has more
The territorial dispute between China and Japan continues. The Post reports
that on Saturday, China announced a so-called air defense identification zone over the East China Sea. As the term suggests, any noncommercial aircraft entering the zone must first identify themselves to Beijing or risk reprisal by Chinese armed forces. Unsurprisingly, Japan has declared the zone invalid, reports
. And the U.S. is rebuking China for escalating tensions, writes
Bahraini police have arrested two suspected terrorists who may be former Guantanamo detainees, says
the Miami Herald
Michael F. Matthews, the creator of “Justice Denied,” a documentary on male military sexual assault, has a difficult op-ed
in the Times
on his experience being raped and beaten by fellow servicemen at age 19 and urging Congress to pass the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act, sponsored by Representative Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)
At a Friday event at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, John Inglis, the deputy director of the NSA, denied that the agency provides the FBI domestic intelligence. Writes
[I]n the six months since the Guardian, the Washington Post and others began publishing material derived from provided by a former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, Inglis' statement is the clearest yet that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies cannot search through the NSA's data troves directly.
On Friday Lavabit filed its reply brief in a case that will determine whether the company must turn over its SSL keys to the government. After a government win, the case is up on appeal in the Fourth Circuit. See the full brief
over at Wired
Bitcoin is flawed but set to take over the world. So says this story from Wired
. On the other hand, over at the Times
a software engineer claims
the currency cannot compete with its more perfect communal counterpart: hello, PeerCoin.
Welcome to the brave new world of dronalism. The Times notes
the news media's budding romance with unmanned machines and the perspective they provide.
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