International Headlines July 5-9

Info gathered from my news and Twitter stalking, RFE updates and the Foreign Policy Initiative overnight brief

 

Spy Exchange completed in Vienna airport

Smugglers in Iraq blunt sanctions against Tehran

Whereabouts of Iranian Activist and Journalist Unknown

Cuba is set to release 52 political prisoners

Norway Arrests Three Terror Suspects With Alleged Al-Qaeda Links

Azerbaijan’s Donkey Bloggers are Just the Beginning

At the White House, Netanyahu promises “progress” on talks

Josh Rogin reports on Netanyahu, a man in China who was tortured for trying to sell a report on its energy reserves, and Obama says “door remains open” for talks with Iran

Laura Rozen covers Biden’s trip to Iraq over July 4 and “Bibi”‘s trip to the U.S.

Queen Elizabeth II makes first U.N. speech since 1957, saying she has witnessed “great change”

Russian school closings indicate ‘internal decolonization’ – ‘The Moscow Times’

Medvedev reiterates that US-Russian relations will not be harmed, reports ‘The Moscow Times’

Two spy suspects admit Russian identities, reports ‘The Wall Street Journal’ Reuters reports that Medvedev is pushing for stronger immigration controls

Javad Moghimi’s story on the perils of practicing journalism in Iran

Clinton concludes her tour of Eastern Europe

Vice President Biden says that US withdrawal remains on schedule, reports ‘The Hill’

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convene for a day of meetings Tuesday in Washington that both sides say are critical to mending policy rifts that have stoked fears about the health of the U.S.-Israel alliance. – Wall Street Journal

At a meeting to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in May, the United States yielded to demands by Arab nations that the final document urge Israel to sign the treaty — a way of spotlighting its historically undeclared nuclear weapons. – New York Times

As Israel’s prime minister prepares for his fifth official meeting with President Obama this week, the White House has declined to publicly affirm commitments made by President Bush to Israel in 2004 on the final borders of the Jewish state. – Washington Times

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli premier, will come under fierce pressure from President Barack Obama to extend a 10-month freeze on Jewish settlements in the West Bank. – Telegraph

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday warned that governments around the world are increasingly restricting civil-society groups, and pledged $2 million for a new fund to help the organizations – Washington Post

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday a “steel vice” is crushing groups that promote democracy and civil liberties around the world, and defended U.S. government funding for them. – Reuters

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