Israeli official: Okay to kidnap Iran president
Israeli Cabinet minister and one-time spy Rafi Eitan, 81, who helped kidnap Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann and bring him to trial, said Tuesday the same tactic could be used on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "A man like Ahmadinejad who threatens genocide has to be brought for trial in The Hague," said Rafi Eitan, referring to the international war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands. "And all options are open in terms of how he should be brought." Iran's U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Khazee sent a letter of protest Tuesday to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon over Eitan's comments.
Security database irks many in France
A new French security database that could track anyone deemed a "possible threat to public order" — even minors as young as 13 — has outraged privacy crusaders and put France's conservative government on the defensive. President Nicolas Sarkozy sought to quell the uproar Tuesday, summoning his prime minister, national police chief and top intelligence officer for a special meeting. Critics collected about 130,000 signatures against the database — known by the acronym Edvige — which they contend is better suited for a police state than a modern European democracy. Edvige replaces a 1991 database that tracked anyone who resorted to violence or supported the use of violence, but it also gathers personal information on health and sexual orientation and drops the minimum age for surveillance from 18 to 13.
U.S. seeks to sell UAE $7B missile system
The U.S. Defense Department has notified Congress of the proposed sale of a missile defense system worth roughly $7-billion to the United Arab Emirates. The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency said in a proposal sent to congressional committees that it wants to sell the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, known as THAAD, to the UAE, one of several U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf region that are stocking up on missile defense networks to counter potential threats from Iran or others. THAAD is designed to shoot down missiles in their final stage as they fall toward targets.
Serbia: In what Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Djelic described as a "historic moment," Serbian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a pre-membership accord with the European Union and a key oil and gas agreement with Russia.
India: Rescuers began searching for missing people in flood-devastated northern India after evacuating more than 1-million people whose homes and villages were under water, officials said Tuesday.
Georgia: Russia announced Tuesday it would keep 7,600 troops in Abkhazia and South Ossetia for the foreseeable future, asserting power in the breakaway regions even as it began a pullout from positions deeper in Georgia.
Canada: Police shut down a section of Canada's busiest highway Tuesday after a body was dumped from a moving car in northwest Toronto.
China: Relaxed rules for foreign journalists enacted ahead of the Beijing Olympics will expire next month, China said Tuesday, without saying whether reporters will once again face more restrictive work conditions.