London Guardian | Request made hours after US vice-president arrives in Tokyo. State Department warns of dangerous clash with allies
RT | Islamist fighters have captured the ancient quarter of Maaloula, a predominantly Christian town and UNESCO heritage site in Syria.
Weekly Standard | The Kuwaiti news outlet Al-Jarida reports that President Obama is seeking to arrange a trip to Tehran, Iran next year.
Reuters | The U.S. Navy’s first advanced P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft has arrived in Japan.
Daily Caller | Fifteen months later, British social services still refuse to return the baby.
RT | An Australian spy agency was ready to share data on its citizens with its partners from the so-called 5-Eyes alliance.
RIA Novosti | Russian naval forces are set to make the Arctic a priority region, boosting combat training and scouting lesser-known areas of the icy territory in 2014, a navy spokesman said Monday.
Haaretz | Saudi spy agency, Mossad last week hashed out proposal for production of malware ‘worse than Stuxnet,’ says the state-owned Iranian news agency.
Times Of Israel | Mojtaba Atarodi, arrested in California for attempting to acquire equipment for Iran’s military-nuclear programs, was released in April as part of back channel talks.
Washington Times | The Pentagon said Friday it will continue to operate in an air zone over the East China Sea that China recently declared as under its control.
London Guardian | Nato airstrike that killed a child and injured two women came as Hamid Karzai continues to stall on signing security pact.
RT | American officials are reportedly considering a plan that calls for dragging roughly 1,290 metric tons of hazardous materials into international waters.
RT | Chinese fighter jets were scrambled and followed US and Japanese planes.
RT | President Hamid Karzai has blamed the US for a drone strike on a home in southern Afghanistan that killed a 2-year-old child and wounded two women.
RIA Novosti | Russia has started the deployment of aerospace defense units in the Arctic and construction of an early missile warning radar in the country’s extreme north.
Reuters | Russian Foreign Ministry reports one killed, nine injured during mortan selling of Russian embassy in Syria.
AFP | A 5.7 magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near Iran’s sole nuclear power plant killed seven people and injured 30.
Sky News | Stargazers are waiting anxiously to see if an icy comet survives a close encounter with the Sun.
Reuters | IAEA nuclear watchdog chief ‘seriously concerned’ about Pyongyang programme after study of satellite images.
RIA Novosti | Twenty-two land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles will next year be added to Russia’s nuclear arsenal, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
RT | Key American allies in East Asia, Japan and South Korea, have followed US lead by sending military aircraft to fly through disputed airspace.
London Guardian | Comet could become visible from Earth in next week or two if it survives passing 730,000 miles from sun’s surface on Thursday.
London Telegraph | China’s implementation of a newly-declared air defence zone has “unsettled” its neighbours, US says.
Zero Hedge | It didn’t take long to escalate Iran-Saudi relations, or the lack thereof, following this weekend’s nuclear (non) deal.
London Guardian | Washington refusing to acknowledge zone and US officials say B-52 bombers entered it without identifying themselves.
RT | Microsoft is moving to encrypt its Internet traffic based on assumptions the National Security Agency has broken into its internal global communications systems.
Reuters | Possibly referring to loophole in deal with West, Iranian FM Zarif says “no new nuclear fuel will be produced,” no new components will be installed, but Islamic Republic will press on with building at heavy-water reactor.
Breitbart | The AP claims they didn’t run with the story because they couldn’t get he White House or State Department to confirm the secret talks were occurring.
Breitbart | “It’s important to make a change in American policy.”
Bloomberg | The U.S. won’t change its flight operations to comply with China’s newly claimed air-defense zone in the East China Sea, a Pentagon spokesman said.
RIA Novosti | Implementation of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program reached in Geneva this weekend will make the US missile defense system in Europe unnecessary, Russia’s foreign minister said Monday.
Washington Free Beacon | Iranian officials praise ‘new path towards Iran’.
New American | Critics of the climate hysteria and the UN summit, though, were left confused.
London Telegraph | Saudi Arabia claims they were kept in the dark by Western allies over Iran nuclear deal and says it will strike out on its own.
London Independent | An internationally isolated Benjamin Netanyahu termed the world powers’ agreement with Iran a “historic mistake” that advanced Tehran towards nuclear weapons capability.
AFP | China’s declaration of an air defence identification zone that includes disputed islands is “profoundly dangerous”, Japan’s prime minister said Monday.
Aaron Klein | Israeli personnel in recent days were in Saudi Arabia to inspect bases that could be used as a staging ground to launch attacks against Iran, according to informed Egyptian intelligence officials.
Jeruslaem Post | Laurent Fabius gave radio interview saying such a move would gain little understanding.
Reuters | Iran and six world powers clinched a deal on Sunday curbing the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for initial sanctions relief.
Times Of Israel | Foreign ministers gather in Geneva in bid for deal on Iran’s nuclear program; if agreement signed, Kerry set to travel on to brief Netanyahu.
Washington Post | China on Saturday said that any non-commercial aircraft entering a broad zone over the East China Sea must first identify themselves to Beijing.
RT | Thousands of people protested in Tokyo against a bill that would see whistleblowing civil servants jailed for up to 10 years.
CNS News | “Syria, Iraq, Egypt and other areas of the Holy Land sometimes overflow with tears.”
Reuters | North Korea marked on Friday the third anniversary of an artillery attack on a South Korean island.
RT | The first Chinese stealth unmanned combat drone conducted a successful maiden flight Thursday, according to accounts by Chinese media and photos taken from a popular Chinese military website.
RT | Workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have successfully removed the first nuclear fuel rods from a cooling pool suspended above ground in what is one of the most dangerous operations ever attempted in nuclear history.
RT | The United States is silently watering down the text of an anti-spying UN resolution introduced by Germany and Brazil.
Jerusalem Post | PM to Russian Jews warns “true” face of Iran is not the one of propaganda films produced by smiling Iranian FM Zarif, rather that of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calling Jews “rabid dogs.”
RT | The exercises, set to start in 2015, will involve 40,000 troops deployed in Spain and Portugal.
RT | The US and Afghanistan have reportedly agreed on the draft of a mutual security pact indicating that US troops could remain in the country until 2024.