Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
- Brazil is experiencing its biggest wave of protests in decades over a wide variety of grievances, ahead of a range of high-profile international events in the next few years.
- Russia and Iran have warned against intervention in Syria and oppose the arming of Syrian rebels.
- Syrian President Assad has warned Europe that it will pay the price for arming the rebels in the form of more terrorism at home.
- More pretrial hearings were held at Guantanamo Bay for the five 9/11 accused. The trial is unlikely to start before the end of 2014.
- The US and the EU have officially announced their intention to negotiate a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement. Right on time, because scientists have discovered a new subduction zone that will move Europe closer to the US, in 220 million years from now…
- The Egyptian Foreign Minister is meeting his Ethiopian counterpart over Ethiopia’s decision to build the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, which Egypt fears will divert water it needs.
- Diplomatic efforts are also gearing up between North Korea, South Korea and the US.