Barbara Demick/LA Times
A car crash in Tiananmen Square killed 5 people and injured 38 more. The car managed to come through one of the few openings in the barricades that surround the square.
Al-Shabaab Rebuilds Forces in Somalia
David Smith/The Guardian
Al-Shabaab is suffering from logistical problems, shortages of ammunition and recent internal power struggles. But officials fear that al-Shabaab will follow the al-Qaida textbook by diffusing into semi-autonomous cells plotting more attacks like Westgate.
George Jahn/Bloomberg Businessweek
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi promised “new approaches” towards the IAEA by Iran. Araghchi was optimistic about talks with the IAEA about a potential investigation into Iran’s nuclear activities.
Much of southern England is recovering from a severe storm in which there were gusts of up to 99mph. More than a quarter of a million homes were left without power, while trains and flights were cancelled or delayed.
Oren Dorell/USA Today
Louay Mokdad, spokesman for the Supreme Military Council, said that peace talks organized by the Obama administration will not happen unless the focus of the talks shifts to ending Assad’s rule and trying him for war crimes.
Office of the Spokesperson/US State Department
One hundred international journalists will begin a three-week exchange this week as participants in the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. The Murrow program is an innovative public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State and nine leading U.S. schools of journalism.
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General Muniruzzaman, the Chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change, fights a great global security threat, climate change.
Iran’s uranium enrichment to 20% halted Thursday, the latest move by the Islamic Republic in line with the recent P5+1 talks. Precluding Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon by imposing tight restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program is the cornerstone of America’s policy objective; in exchange, Iran receives sanctions relief.