Monday, June 7, 2010

FP morning brief 6/7

Israel seems to reject international inquiry; navy kills militant divers in Gaza

Top story: Israel has still not issued a formal reply to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's proposal that an international investigation be held into the Israeli raid on a Gaza aid flotilla last week, but it seems clear that Israel has rejected the idea, and will conduct its own investigation.

“At the end of the day, Israel has the right, the duty, as a democracy to investigate any military activity,” Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren said on Sunday. The Israeli government is reportedly considering allowing some international participation in an Israeli-led inquiry into the incident.

The latest violence in Gaza came on Monday when the Israeli navy shot and killed four Palestinian militants in wetsuits off the coast. The four were reportedly members of the al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade marine unit on a training mission.

The activists on board the Irish-flagged vessel Rachel Corrie were deported on Sunday after delivering aid to Gaza.

Afghanistan: Afghan President Hamid Karzai removed two of the country's top security officials over last week's Taliban attack on a peace conference in Kabul.

Gulf spill: Scientists say they may have discovered a second plume of leaking oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Middle East
  • The Iranian Red Crescent said it will send three aid ships to Gaza in the latest bid to challenge Israel's blockade.
  • A car bomb exploded in Baghdad, killing six people.
  • Yemen has detained several U.S. and French students, reportedly at the request of their own governments.
  • Kim Jong Il's brother-in-law was promoted in a rare North Korean cabinet reshuffle.
  • The chief of staff of the interim Kyrgyz government resigned after criticizing corruption among the country's new leaders.
  • India convicted seven people for negligence in the 1987 Bhopal gas disaster.
  • The euro has dropped to its lowest level against the dollar in four years.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are meeting today to defuse tension over the handling over the euro crisis.
  • A lesbian couple wed in Portugal's first ever gay marriage.
  • The police chief of the Democratic Republic of Congo was suspended over the death of a prominent human rights activist last week.
  • Two men arrested at New York's Kennedy Airport were allegedly en route to Somalia to fight for the al Shabaab militia.
  • South African President Jacob Zuma has declared his country ready for kickoff.
-By Joshua Keating


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