Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
- According to WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden–responsible for leaking the NSA security program–is seeking asylum in some 20 countries including China, India and Norway.
- After the backlash coming from the European Union amid reports that the US was spying on the EU, President Obama tried to allay fears by saying the US along with all countries’ intel services are involved in trying to “understand the world better.”
- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has come under international pressure to engage in “serious national dialogue” hours after he rejected an ultimatum from the army to solve the mounting political crisis.
- Iran has played down the impact of US sanctions that came into effect this week, but said the measures would complicate a resolution to the dispute over its nuclear program.
- At the ASEAN conference, US Secretary of State John Kerry has talked to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, about their positions on the Syrian conflict.