Putin wants more weapons and more control over them
Russian President Putin recalled in a speech that Russia have allocated more than 613,6 billion dollars for the armament programme for 2011-2021, nine times the sum allocated for the previous period that was 67 billion. He also announced that the Military Industrial Commission will now answer directly to him.
Lavrov and the "sphere of influence" in Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the EU of trying to create a “sphere of influence” in Ukraine and warned the West against interfering in the crisis. He said also that Russia is ready to mediate in Kiev.
Obama and Guantanamo, again
In a statement after signing the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014”, US president Obama called again for the closing of Guantanamo “impeded” by the Congress. A promise from 2008 not accomplished.
Judge says NSA spying likely unconstitutional
A US Federal Judge ruled that the NSA massive collecting of Americans’ phone records is likely unconstitutional.
Fatal air strike hits wedding convoy in Yemen - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
At least 13 killed when a convoy travelling to a wedding in central Yemen was allegedly mistaken for al-Qaeda fighters and hit by a drone.
Afghanistan considers to restore stoning in the new penal code
A working group led by the Afghan Justice Ministry that is assisting in drafting a new penal code has proposed provisions on “moral crimes” that call for stoning to death as punishment for adultery, Human Rights Watch said. The organisation is calling for the rejection of the proposal.
Iran, the US and Israel
Iran and six world powers reached a deal on Tehran’s Uranium enrichment program. Obama praised the agreement as a first step that “achieves a great deal” in a peaceful way through diplomacy. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers the deal “a historic mistake” that endangers his country.
President Obama will stop the NSA spying on allies, the head of US Senate’s Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said in a statement after the scandal prompted by the news that the US spy agency intercepted German Chancellor’s Angela Merkel cell phone from 2002 along with 34 other world leaders. Too late. With this statement they admit it’s true. The trust is completely broken. The damage done.
Germany and France want talks with the US on spying
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Françoise Hollande are calling for bilateral talks with the US before the end of the year over the spying allegations on its citizens and in the case of Merkel on her own cell phone. The US denied this accusations.
Sharif urges Obama to end drone strikes in Pakistan
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged US President Barack Obama to end drone strikes in Pakistan during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.
“I brought up the issue of drones in our meeting, emphasizing the need for an end to such strikes,” said Sharif.