Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today


1) Another police guard shot in Pakistan while trying to protect polio vaccination workers. This is just one more death in a long string of shootings. At least 9 people including medical workers have died. While the anti-polio drive continues, the UN teams were canceled and withdrawn due to violence. While no group has taken responsibilities for the killings outright, the Taliban called the vaccinations a cover for spying and will sterilize Muslims.

2) Reports say that a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel this morning. No one was hurt. This comes only a day after 2 teenaged boys were injured by Israeli police during a Palestinian protest. The West Bank held multiple demonstrations in the last 4-5 days in support of jailed Palestinians held by Israel.

3) In Kazakhstan, Iran resumed talks over its nuclear program with 6 world powers: US, China, Russia, France and the UK (the UN Security Council) plus Germany (P5+1). Due to Iran’ actions in the past, not much resolution is expected from this meeting even though Iran says it is willing to make an offer.