News and Analysis (9/25/13)

“The shattered mall, an imposing, Israeli-built symbol of a new prosperity for some in Africa while many remain mired in poverty, lay largely silent overnight, after days of gunfire, explosions and bloodshed. ‘The operation is now over,’ Kenyatta told Kenyans in a televised address. ‘We have ashamed and defeated our attackers'”:

“I listened carefully to the statement made by President Obama today at the General Assembly. Commensurate with the political will of the leadership in the United States and hoping that they will refrain from following the short-sighted interest of warmongering pressure groups, we can arrive at a framework to manage our differences” — Hassan Rouhani:

With the Obama-Rouhani “handshake” delayed as “too complicated” for the Iranians, “the highest level US-Iran meeting is due to take place on Thursday, when Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet his counterparts from the six world powers conducting nuclear negotiations with Iran, including US Secretary of State John Kerry”:

“While Israel does not appear to face any immediate threat of global censure, the issue nonetheless could be embarrassing given Israel’s repeated calls for the world to crack down on what it says is an Iranian campaign to develop a nuclear bomb”:

Perhaps aware that an obscure court decision to “cripple the Brotherhood’s extensive network of social service provision across the country” might backfire on the ruling junta

… yet “the Freedom and Justice newspaper, affiliated with the party of the same name, was the latest in a series of escalating measures by Egyptian authorities against the Brotherhood”:

“[T]wo militant groups known for their connections to of the Pakistani Taliban, have taken responsibility for the attack, saying that it was retaliation for drone strikes carried out by the United States in the country’s northern belt. The Pakistani Taliban has condemned the bombings, leaving observers confused as to who is behind the killings, according to the BBC”:

“The statement reflects the lack of unity between the political opposition, based in exile, and the disparate rebel groups fighting President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria’s civil war, which has killed over 100,000 people so far”:

“Documents released by US whistleblower show extent and aggression of datamining exercises targeting its diplomatic ally”:

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