Weekday News Wrap: Monday, August 5, 2013
- Saudi Arabia denied permission for a plane carrying Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir to cross its airspace for the swearing-in of the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, but it is unclear as to why.
- After the swearing in of the new Iranian president, Iran and the United States signaled a fresh will on Sunday to seek to end the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program and called for dialogue to reduce “antagonism and aggression.”
- According to Spanish Foreign Minister Jose manuel Garcia-Marallo, Spain is studying retaliatory measures against the British territory of Gibraltar in an escalating dispute over fishing grounds.
- The Israeli cabinet has voted to expand the list of West Bank settlements eligible for government subsidies, just days after the resumption of talks with the Palestinian Authority in which settlements are a major issue.
- UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos has reiterated demands for an end to the Syrian conflict.