TOP NEWS: Nat’l Security / Foreign Affairs: May 25, 2012
- Iran, U.S. Agree Only to Resume Their Talks Next Month
- Early Egypt Results Put Islamist in Lead
- In Spain, Bank Transfers Reflect Broader Fears
- British Recession Is Worse Than Thought, Data Says
- Israelis Cling to Faith in Peace Pact
Iran, U.S. Agree Only to Resume Their Talks Next Month - JAY SOLOMON, WSJ
Global powers and Iran, under pressure to end an impasse over Tehran’s nuclear program, agreed on one thing: to meet again, next month in Moscow.
Early Egypt Results Put Islamist in Lead – CHARLES LEVINSON AND MATT BRADLEY, WSJ
The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate appears poised to advance to the second round of Egypt’s presidential elections, a surprise showing that is likely to set up a dramatic runoff featuring at least one Islamist candidate.
In Spain, Bank Transfers Reflect Broader Fears - LANDON THOMAS Jr. and RAPHAEL MINDER, NYT
As Spaniards move their money out of troubled institutions, officials worry about the ripple effect of a full bank run.
British Recession Is Worse Than Thought, Data Says - JULIA WERDIGIER, NYT
When the British economy fell back into a recession at the beginning of the year, the government put part of the blame on the turmoil in the euro zone. With the release of official statistics showing the country’s downturn in the first quarter was worse than had been estimated, the data put added pressure on the coalition government led by Prime Minister David Cameron to soften its emphasis on austerity measures…
Israelis Cling to Faith in Peace Pact - JOSHUA MITNICK, WSJ
As Egyptians voted for a new leader this week, some Israeli officials said they believe the peace treaty between them is likely to endure no matter who wins.
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Was ‘Bin Laden doctor’ Shakil Afridi an unsuspecting pawn? - M ILLYAS KHAN, BBC
The Pakistani doctor who allegedly used a fake hepatitis B vaccination campaign to obtain DNA samples of Osama Bin Laden’s family in Abbottabad a year ago may have become an unsuspecting pawn in the intelligence war between the United States and Pakistan.
Iran enrichment ‘at higher level’ - BBC
UN nuclear inspectors have found traces of uranium enriched at 27% at Iran’s Fordo nuclear site. The announcement by nuclear watchdog IAEA comes a day after Iran and six world powers held talks on Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme.
Syrian general Hashem urges action to stop ‘genocide’ - BBC
One of the most prominent critics of the Syrian regime, a former high-ranking officer in the Syrian army, has called for urgent international military intervention to stop what he called the “barbaric genocide” being committed by government forces in his country.
Iran Is Seeking Lebanon Stake as Syria Totters - NEIL MacFARQUHAR, NY Times
Iran’s eagerness to shower money on Lebanon when its own finances are being squeezed by sanctions is the latest indication of just how worried Tehran is at the prospect that Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, could fall. Iran relies on Syria as its bridge to the Arab world, and as a crucial strategic partner in confronting Israel. But the Arab revolts have shaken Tehran’s calculations, with Mr. Assad unable to vanquish an uprising that is in its 15th month.