Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
- Japan will dramatically raise its warning about the severity of a toxic water leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant today, upgrading the threat from a level 1 “anomaly” to a level three “serious incident” on an international scale for radiological releases.
- The British government, accused of abusing media freedom, has said police were right to detain a journalist’s partner if they thought lives might be at risk from data he was carrying from fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. Reuters reports that Prime Minister David Cameron ordered the detention of David Miranda, Glenn Greenwald’s partner.
- Israelis and Palestinians held a third round of negotiations yesterday, and Israel’s chief representative at the talks predicted the U.S.-brokered peace process would lead to dramatic Israeli decisions.
- The US government is pushing for an acceleration of preliminary hearings in the case of five alleged September 11 plotters as proceedings resumed in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
- Europe’s foreign ministers are set to decide how to use their economic muscle to force the Egyptian government to end a crackdown on deposed President Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.