Top News: Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reportedly told a German member of parliament that he would cooperate in a German investigation of the U.S. surveillance targeting Chancellor Angela Merkel. How he'll participate is in dispute: the German MP initially said that Snowden might travel to Germany to testify, but Russian officials said that would not be possible as he is not legally allowed to leave the country. It was reported yesterday that Snowden will begin working for a Russian Internet company in November.
The recent revelations about the NSA's monitoring of Merkel's electronic communication have been particularly damaging, chilling what had been a cordial working relationship between the two countries.
The administration is now undertaking a review of the NSA's surveillance program. Speaking yesterday by satellite to a conference in London, Secretary of State John Kerry assured his audience the review would be thorough and that he hoped to see reforms come out of it. "Some of these actions have reached too far," Kerry said, "and we are going to try to make sure it doesn't happen in the future."
Israel: A U.S. official told media that the Israeli air force was behind an attack on Wednesday that struck a Syrian military facility in Latakia, believed to have targeted surface-to-air missiles being transferred to Hezbollah. Yesterday, another strike targeted a tunnel from Gaza into Israel. After Hamas militants opened fire on Israeli soldiers trying to inspect the tunnel, airstrikes were called in, killing four Palestinians.
- U.S. authorities arrested three people after discovering a nearly 900-foot-long drug smuggling tunnel built by the Mexican Sinaloa cartel along the border between San Diego and Tijuana.
- Peruvian President Ollanta Humala reshuffled his cabinet, replacing his prime minister and secretary of education.
- Canadian officials intercepted a shipment of cocaine as a woman tried to smuggle it across the border into the United States in pumpkins.
- Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif announced that his government has begun talks with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan to end its domestic insurgency.
- The Indonesian government became the latest to summon an ambassador for a formal rebuke in the unfolding surveillance scandal; the Australian ambassador in Jakarta was asked to appear for Australia's role in the multi-national NSA surveillance program.
- A Japanese patrol interrupted a Chinese naval exercise; the Chinese defense ministry issued a formal complaint, calling the incident a "dangerous provocation."
- Syrian government forces captured the northern town of Safira after three weeks of fighting.
- Four female Turkish parliamentarians wore headscarves in their official duties, marking the first time since 1999 a headscarf has been worn in parliament; some opposition politicians dismissed it as a political stunt for upcoming elections.
- Palestinian negotiators offered to resign in protest of Israel's new settlement construction in East Jerusalem, though they noted it is unlikely President Mahmoud Abbas will accept their offers.
- The Kenyan military bombed an al-Shabab camp in Somalia, which was believed to be training as many as 300 recruits.
- The government of Niger is considering curtailing travel north out of the country to prevent deaths of migrant workers transiting the Sahara.
- The International Criminal Court has postponed the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta until next February.
- Italian police arrested the leaders of an operation to kidnap children in legal custody battles.
- E.U. diplomats initiated a new push to try to secure the release of Yulia Tymoshenko, the imprisoned former prime minister of Ukraine.
- The Czech Supreme Court ruled that former President Petr Necas can stand trial for crimes committed in office, clearing the way for corruption charges.
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