King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president, held joint talks with Lebanon’s prime minister in order to quell tensions in a country on the brink of violence, should a U.N. inquiry into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri result in accusations toward Hezbollah. Despite the fact that Saudi Arabia and Syria support opposing factions in Lebanon, the country’s two leaders visited together as a show of support for overall stability. Al Jazeera’s Rula Amin reports from Beirut.
The United Nations International Court of Justice released its advisory opinion that Kosovo’s declaration of independence does not violate international law. The decision is non-binding. Russia Today talks to Bojan Brkic, a foreign policy editor at Serbian Public TV to get the Serbian reaction to the decision. Brkic acknowledges that Serbia will have to face the Kosovo accession issue before moving toward EU membership.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to have Afghan forces take charge of security operations nationwide by 2014. Though delegates at an international donor conference in Kabul were apprehensive of too quick a changeover, most were optimistic that Afghan forces will soon be able to head security efforts in the country.
The Washington Post is rolling out a two-year investigation of the infrastructure of the United States intelligence community post 9/11 terrorist attacks in a three-part series. NewsHour’s Margaret Warner interviews Washington Post reporter Dana Priest on her findings. Priest found that redundancies in tasks and lack of communication among branches of the intelligence infrastructure have caused major oversights and large gaps in collective information gathering. Trouble viewing this video? Click here.
Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister of France, spoke to Al Jazeera’s James Bays ahead of the Afghanistan conference in Kabul. Kouchner discusses the history of conflict in the country as well as future prospects for peace.
In light of Cuba’s announcement that it will release more than 50 political prisoners, NewsHour’s Margaret Warner talks to Jorge Dominguez, a professor of government at Harvard University and Vanessa Lopez, a research associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami. Dominguez and Lopez discuss the government’s decision in the context of renewed relations with the Catholic Church and Fidel Castro’s relevance in Cuban politics today. Trouble viewing this video? Click here.
The British 16 Air Assault Brigade prepares for a six month deployment to Helmand province. Preparations include not just familiarizing themselves with equipment, but also involve practicing joint patrols with Afghan troops and learning how to handle themselves in culturally defined communication, such as shuras, with tribal elders.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Henri J. Barkey discusses Israel’s thinking behind the Gaza flotilla raid, Turkey’s reaction to the incident, and how Ankara’s relations with the U.S. and Israel will be forever changed.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Middle East Center director, Paul Salem, discusses Turkey’s position in a changing Middle East and abroad. Though Turkey’s foreign policy decisions have not recently lined up with that of the United States, Salem says that Turkey is not moving away from the West, rather just looking after its own economic interests.
James Baker, former United States secretary of state, discusses U.S. relations with Israel and the military option in Iran with former governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee. Baker supports the land-for-peace track between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in order to achieve a stable, lasting peace. The senior statesman also says that though keeping the military option on the table helps facilitate diplomatic negotiations, in the case of Iran, a military strike against Tehran could hurt reformers more than the hard-liners. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
The UAE will not be taking military action against Iran over three disputed islands in the Gulf, despite some rumors, but tensions between the two countries are on the rise. As the UAE continues to build strategic relationships and Iran’s international standing plummets, the battle for Abu Masa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb might be tipping in the Emirates’ favor. Al Jazeera’s Dan Nolan reports.
United State President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to the press after their one-on-one meeting in the White House. The leaders discussed the Middle East peace process, specifically concerning Gaza, sanctions against Iran, and other interests shared by the two nations that Obama said have a “common set of values.”