White House: Aid to Egypt can continue
The Obama administration has concluded that it is not legally required to determine whether the Egyptian military engineered a coup d’état in ousting President Mohammed Morsi, a senior administration official said, a finding that will allow it to continue to funnel $1.5 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt each year. The legal opinion, submitted to the White House by lawyers from the State Department and other agencies, amounts to an escape hatch for President Obama.
Vietnamese leader visits White House
Bearing a copy of a letter from Ho Chi Minh to Harry S. Truman, the president of Vietnam, Truong Tan Sang, met President Obama and pledged to deepen trade and military ties with the United States even as they tangled over human rights. It was the first visit of a Vietnamese leader to the White House during the Obama administration.
More women accuse mayor of sexual misconduct
Seven women have now accused San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual misconduct, including four in a group interview on public television. Filner repeated to reporters that he deserves due process over the allegations of sexual harassment. The latest women to accuse Filner of making unwanted sexual advances were a retired Navy admiral, a San Diego State University dean, a leader in the city’s tourism industry and the head of a group of business owners who are tenants of the San Diego Port District. The encounters with the Democrat, 70, were at public events, the women said.
Villagers cheer Taliban abduction of police unit
The few hundred people of Kala Khel, a village in southern Afghanistan, got some of the best news they had heard all year: The entire Afghan Local Police unit disappeared, apparently abducted by the Taliban. The police, villagers said, had been beating people and stealing from them nearly every day since they arrived five months ago.
Assange launches new political party
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, inaugurated a new political party bearing the name of his anti-secrecy organization and declared his own candidacy for a seat in the Australian Senate in elections to be held later this year. He said he had every confidence in his ability to run a campaign from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been living for more than a year after having been given asylum so he would not have to face extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning on sexual assault accusations.