U.N. forms review panel of deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish-led aid flotilla bound for Gaza in May

united nations

Gaza flotilla raid to see inquiry

U.N. Secretary general Ban Ki-moon announced Monday the formation of a panel to look into the deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish-led aid flotilla bound for Gaza in May. The panel's mission is amorphous enough that Israel and Turkey, which have maintained fiercely opposing views on whether there should be an independent investigation, both welcomed the announcement, presenting the possibility of a face-saving way out of the diplomatic hostilities between the two. Also Monday, a string of rockets was fired toward the Israeli resort city Eilat, and one hit in neighboring Jordan, killing one person and wounding four.

india

Troops kill seven protesters in Kashmir

Government troops fired live ammunition and tear gas into crowds of anti-India protesters as tens of thousands of people demonstrated across Indian-controlled Kashmir. Seven civilians were reported killed. More than 60 protesters and almost 70 government forces were injured on one of the worst days in nearly two months of violent clashes between troops and residents who strongly oppose India's rule over the predominantly Muslim region.

virginia

Immigration status checks approved

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has issued a legal opinion that authorizes law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone stopped by police officers for any reason. Previously, law enforcement officers in Virginia were required to investigate the legal status only of those who were arrested and jailed. Cuccinelli's opinion is less stringent than the portion of an Arizona law that was stopped by a federal court last week. Under that law, Arizona authorities were required to question people who they have a "reasonable suspicion" are illegal immigrants.

new york

Two convicted in JFK fuel tank plot

Two men were convicted of plotting to blow up jet fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport, a plan authorities said was meant to outdo the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and avenge perceived U.S. oppression of Muslims around the world. Russell Defreitas, 66, a former JFK cargo handler, and Abdul Kadir, 58, once a member of Guyana's parliament, were convicted of multiple conspiracy charges. Kadir was acquitted of one charge, surveillance of mass transportation. The Brooklyn federal court jury deliberated about five days.

Elsewhere

Mexico: The U.S. consulate in the border city of Ciudad Juarez will reopen after closing for two working days for a review of security threats.

Peru: Health Minister Oscar Ugarte says an outbreak of plague has killed a 14-year-old boy and infected at least 31 people in the northern coastal province of Ascope, about 325 miles northwest of Lima.

PHILADELPHIA: Prison officials can ban employees from wearing religious headscarves out of concerns they pose a safety risk, a U.S. appeals court ruled.

SAN FRANCISCO: California's high court upheld the state's 14-year-old law barring preferential treatment of women and minorities in public school admissions, government hiring and contracting.

Washington: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is blocking President Barack Obama's nominee to be the director of national intelligence, saying retired Air Force Gen. James R. Clapper failed to provide him with a report he requested.

Times wires

U.N. forms review panel of deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish-led aid flotilla bound for Gaza in May 08/03/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 12:36am]

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