18 Oct

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



US drone kills al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Bombing near southern city of Jaar kills seven suspects, including the group’s local leader, according to officials.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2012 12:35 GMT

US and Israel to launch major military drill

 “Austere Challenge 2012”, involving nearly 5,000 troops, will unfold later this month in show of unity aimed at Iran.
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2012 11:24 GMT

Middle East

Iranian-Americans’ California dreaming

 D. Parvaz, 18 Oct 2012 12:44 GMT

About 750,000 Iranians residing in West Coast state hold divergent views on their native country’s place in the US vote

US Navy OKs $1 billion for missile called flawed by weapons tester

18 October 2012 09:15 AM

The U.S. Navy approved an Alliant Techsystems Inc. anti-radar missile for full production valued at as much as $1.1 billion, even though the Pentagon’s chief tester says the weapon’s performance flaws “largely negate” its “ability to accomplish its mission.”

The members of Pussy Riot were jailed for their protest

Russian Church was right to condemn Pussy Riot, says Pope

18 October 2012 12:00 AM

The Pope has backed the Russian Orthodox Church’s tough stance against the punk band Pussy Riot who were controversially jailed for two years after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral, it was reported last night.

Meir Dagan was reportedly refused treatment by the US and EU

Former head of Israel’s spy agency Mossad Meir Dagan seeks liver transplant in Belarus after European and US surgeons ‘refuse to treat him’

Meir Dagan, the former head of Israel’s spy agency Mossad, has been forced to seek a liver transplant in Belarus, Europe’s most autocratic state, after European and American surgeons reportedly refused to treat him. He is said to be in critical condition.

A standpipe

Bans on water use were put in place for large parts of England during spring 2012. Photograph: Alamy

UK’s year of drought and flooding unprecedented, experts say

The scale of drought recovery in 2012 has ‘not been seen before’, says Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Will climate change lead to more droughts?

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