14/09/2012

10th – 14th September

Yukiya Amano, director general of UN’s nuclear watchdog, pressed Iran to grant his inspectors immediate access to the Parchin military site, where they believe the government of Tehran may have conducted explosives tests relevant to the development of nuclear weapons.

Although his party is reduced by several ministerial portfolios in the team of Abdelmalek Sellal and despite “the majority obtained in the last legislative elections”, the Secretary General of the FLN, Abdelaziz Belkhadem, still manifests his satisfaction.

Nine years after the U.S. invasion, Iraq is still plagued by his old demons. On 9th September, a series of attacks across the country has resulted in the death of 115 people and injured nearly 500. A bloody day as the country regularly experiences since the retreat of U.S. troops, in December 2011.

Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, condemned Tuesday’s attacks on US diplomatic missions in Cairo and Benghazi during a press conference, in Brussels, on last Thursday. He went on to condemn the anti-Islam film that sparked the attacks, describing any insult against the Prophet Mohamed as a “red line”.

The killings of the US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were likely to have been the result of a serious and continuing security breach. American officials believe the attack was planned, but Chris Stevens had been back in the Libyan country only a short while and the details of his visit to Benghazi, where the ambassador and his staff died, were meant to be confidential.