Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, August 30, 2012
- Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni has said that Iran will never pursue a nuclear weapon, but will not give up its right to peaceful energy at the summit for the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran.
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has asked the leaders of Iran at the summit to prove that the nuclear development in their country is for peaceful ends.
- At this same meeting, the president of Egypt is present for the first time since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and he praised the “brave” Syrians and Palestinians for their struggles against oppression.
- The UN Security Council is meeting again to discuss the situation in Syria; neighboring countries Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan are also attending.
- Talks have resumed between Ecuador and the UK about the fate of Julian Assange.
- Five Australian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan: three by a rogue member of Afghanistan’s security forces, and two more in a helicopter accident.
- Arab States have been urged not to submit a resolution on Israel’s nuclear capabilities at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency.
- China has expressed its willingness to continue buying European bonds.