Dialogue Between North and South Korea Collapses
Choe Sang-Hun, New York Times – June 11, 2013
An agreement between North and South Korea to hold high-level government talks on Wednesday collapsed in a last-minute dispute over who should lead their delegations, South Korean officials said on Tuesday.
Iranian ambassador: Russia-built Bushehr nuclear plant suffered electric generator malfunction
Associated Press, Washington Post – June 10, 2013
Iran’s Russian-built nuclear power plant has had an electric generator malfunction, an Iranian official said Monday.
Iran Launches Rearmed Destroyer on Persian Gulf
Associated Press, ABC News – June 11, 2013
Iran says it has launched a 50-year-old destroyer on the Persian Gulf after overhauling it and rearming with modern missiles.
Khatami, reformists back Rohani in Iran presidential vote
Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters – June 11, 2013
Iranian reformists led by former President Mohammad Khatami have endorsed Hassan Rohani, the lone moderate contesting Friday’s election for the presidency, held by hardline Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the past eight years.
Russia Beefs Up Arms in Face of New Threats
Ivan Nechepurenko, Moscow Times – June 9, 2013
Russia’s ambitious program to revamp its army and fleet has already produced a “missile defense killer” that “neither modern nor future American missile defense systems will be able to stop,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday at a lecture organized by the ruling United Russia party.
Guantanamo prosecutors charge Iraqi with unlawful war tactics
Jane Sutton, Yahoo! News – June 10, 2013
An Iraqi prisoner identified as a senior al Qaeda commander has been charged in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal with firing on a medical evacuation helicopter and using unlawful tactics to wage war on U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan.
Taliban surge expected to continue
Pamela Constable, New York Times – June 10, 2013
In the latest in a series of dramatic Taliban attacks across Afghanistan, a team of seven heavily armed fighters staged a bold raid on NATO’s operational headquarters at the Kabul airport Monday before being fought off and killed by Afghan security forces.
Iraq: Dozens of People Killed in Wave of Bombings
Associated Press, New York Times – June 10, 2013
A wave of car bombings rocked central and northern Iraq on Monday, killing at least 57 people, the police and officials said, and extending the deadliest eruption of violence to hit the country in years.