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International Developments

? Malala Yousafzai, shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls in Pakistan, addressed the UN on her 16th birthday.

? “Militants linked to al Qaeda in Syria killed a senior figure in the Western- and Arab-backed Free Syrian army on Thursday . . . , signaling a widening rift”.

? “Will Egypt’s post-Morsi era be safer for women?”

? The US wants Egypt to “stop the ‘arbitrary’ arrests of Muslim Brotherhood members”.  Update: Germany and the US want former President Mohamed Morsi to be freed.

? Hamas claims UK, France and others are “trying to establish open dialogue despite isolation policy”.

? “Drones in Niger Reflect New U.S. Tack on Terrorism”, with the US not disclosing much, “presumably to avoid raising their public profile” and concern that “Islamic radicals [might] make it an issue.”

? Why did the US opt for killing by drone “after shuttering Bush’s black sites and deciding not to send anyone else to Guantanamo”?  Did CIA fears of being “held legally responsible for engaging in torture” lead to greater emphasis on drones?  Does emphasis on drones result in war without end?

? Berlin police are searching for the “light artist [who] projected the phrase ‘United Stasi of America’ onto the US Embassy in Berlin.”

? Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Ethiopian Airlines’ Queen of Sheba, caught on fire while parked at London’s Hearthrow.

? 24 bodies found so far in the devastated area of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

International Finance

? Walmart’s and Gap’s proposed a program for Bangladesh factory safety “falls short of the [enforceable] standard set by the binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh”.

Money Matters USA

? “JPMorgan Quarterly Earnings Surge 31 Percent.”

? Microsoft is reorganizing.

In Hot Pursuit

? Edward Snowden met with human rights activists and Russian officials at the Sheremetyevo airport today.  Afterwards a Duma member said Snowden “plans to seek asylum in Russia”.  Update:  Snowden’s statement.

? “Disappointed”, says the US of China’s “failure to hand over intelligence analyst Edward Snowden”. [cont’d.]

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.