Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, July 18, 2013
- The UN is reviewing support to Democratic Republic of the Congo’s army units accused of desecrating the corpses of rebels and mistreating detainees.
- Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will confer with key Palestinian leaders today about a possible resumption of peace negotiations with Israel after an almost three-year freeze.
- Steam or vapors appear to be coming from a damaged reactor building at Japan’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, but the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) claims that radiation levels are steady.
- A judge for the US District Court of DC denied a motion by Guantanamo detainees to end forced feeding of hunger-striking prisoners.
- A senior Pakistani Taliban commander has written to Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist shot by Taliban fighters, saying he personally wished the attack had not happened but he also accused her of running a “smearing campaign” against Taliban fighters and urged her to return home and join a madrassa.