Netanyahu warns US on Iran nuclear deal
In a speech to US Congress on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu urged the US to block any nuclear deal with Iran, saying that it would turn the Middle East into a “nuclear tinderbox”. He said Iran could not be trusted and the deal will only guarantee the country has more access to weapons rather than preventing them from developing nuclear weapons. US president Barack Obama reprimanded Netanyahu for the speech, and said he offered “no viable alternatives” to containing Iran’s nuclear program. Netanyahu was invited by the Republican opposition to address Congress without consulting the White House, and around 50 democratic members boycotted the speech in protest. The deal, which seeks to reduce Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, involves UK, France, Germany, Russia and China and has a late-March deadline.
Snowden wants a fair trial
The Russian lawyer of US whistleblower Edward Snowden is negotiating with US and German lawyers to return him to the US. In a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday, Anatoly Kucherena said Snowden would return to the US “on the condition that he be given guarantees to receive a fair and impartial trial”. Snowden, who leaked files on the US government’s mass surveillance programs, has sought asylum in Russia since 2013, and faces trial under the Espionage act if he returns to the US. He faces a 30 year prison sentence if prosecuted.
Ferguson police found to be racist
The preliminary release of a six month investigative report by the Department of Justice has found that police in Ferguson, Missouri, participate in racial bias and stereotyping of African Americans. The report found 95 per cent of people jailed for more than two days, 93 per cent of arrests and 88 per cent of used police force occurred with African Americans, who only cover 67 per cent of the Ferguson population. The investigation came after an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by a white police officer who claimed Brown posed a threat to him. An entire report is expected to be released on Thursday AEST. – Compiled from web sources by Jion Legaspi
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