Quote of the day
“I still want to close Guantánamo. We haven’t been able to get that through Congress.” President Barack Obama, said during an interview on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in mid-October.
(New York Times)
1. U.N. climate summit opens in Qatar.
A central issue at the summit is the problem of "hot air" carbon permits. The term refers to attempts by some wealthy countries to carry over unused carbon permits so they can be offset against future cuts. Developing nations say this is unfair and reduces the value of any commitment to reduce carbon dioxide.
2. ‘Fiscal cliff:'' Consensus on increasing tax revenue, a wide gulf on how to do it.
For the first time in decades, a bipartisan consensus has emerged in Washington to raise taxes. But negotiators working to avert the year-end “fiscal cliff” remain far apart on crucial details, including how taxes should go up and who should pay more.
3. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak to quit politics.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, one of the nation’s most influential and divisive leaders, said Monday he would not run for a Knesset seat in the upcoming election, ending a political and military career that spanned more than three decades.
4. Time slipping, U.S. ponders Afghan role after 2014.
American and allied military planners are drawing up the broad outlines of a force that would remain in Afghanistan following the handover to Afghan security after 2014, including a small counterterrorism force with an eye toward Al Qaeda, senior officials say.
(New York Times)
5. Obama ''drone-warfare rulebook'' condemned by human rights groups.
Human-rights groups and peace groups opposed to the CIA-operated targeted-killing programm, which remains officially classified, said the administration had already rejected international law in pursuing its drone operations.
6. States crack down on campaigning nonprofits.
Tax-exempt advocacy groups that played an aggressive role in this year''s election are coming under increasing scrutiny from state regulators, who are cracking down on organizations seeking to engage in campaigns without revealing their financial backers.
7. Congo slips into chaos again as rebels gain.
The lights are out in most of Goma. There is little water. The prison is an empty, garbage-strewn wasteland with its rusty front gate swinging wide open and a three-foot hole punched through the back wall, letting loose 1,200 killers, rapists, rogue soldiers and other criminals.
(New York Times)
8. Syrian rebels making advances.
Syrian rebels are making significant advances in their battle against government forces, raising new questions about President Bashar al-Assad’s ability to hold on to power and adding urgency to the quest by the international community for a unified and effective political opposition that could take control should his regime collapse.
9. Asian-American says Latinos not only ones hit by Ariz. immigration law.
Jim Shee, an Asian-American man, is demonstrating how Arizona''s immigration law affects not just Latinos, but people of other nationalities that police perceive as "foreign."
10. Israel, militants begin talks on truce details.
An Egyptian diplomat says indirect talks on implementing a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants have opened in Cairo. Monday''s talks are the first since Egypt brokered a truce last week ending eight days of heavy fighting. Israel carried out some 1,500 airstrikes against the Gaza Strip during the fighting, while militants fired a similar number of rockets into Israel.