U.S. general says he believes North Korea can build nuclear warhead
By David Alexander and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said on Friday he believes Pyongyang has the capability to build a nuclear warhead that can be mounted on a ballistic missile, but added there were no tests or other evidence it has taken that step. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti said he thought North Korea's connection with Iran and Pakistan meant it probably had access to the expertise needed to miniaturize and mount an atomic weapon on a missile. ...
US officials: Israel defense chief denied meetings
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration this week refused Israel defense minister's requests to meet several top national security aides, still miffed over negative comments he made about Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast peace efforts and nuclear negotiations with IranU.S. officials said Friday.
Protests in Saudi after Shiite death sentences
More than 100 people protested in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday to oppose death sentences against a Shiite religious leader and seven others convicted after earlier demonstrations, an activist said. Following Friday prayers they marched in the community of Awamiya to oppose "all harsh sentences and the death penalty against eight people," the activist told AFP. They were tried on charges including "participating in marches and rallies that caused riots" in Awamiya, the official Saudi Press Agency reported without identifying the accused. The activist said those sentenced to death were teenagers at the time of their arrest, and are among a total of eight who have received the death sentence.
International financial watchdog warns on Iran, North Korea
PARIS (Reuters) - An international financial watchdog said on Friday member states should take action to ward off risks emanating from Iran and North Korea, which it said had failed to tackle money-laundering and financing of terrorism. The Financial Action Task Force, made up of 37 countries as well as the European Commission and Gulf Cooperation Council, said financial institutions should give special attention to business deals and transactions with Iran and North Korea. ...
Saudi Arabia's Shi'ites fear they are at mercy of region's tumult
By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - The Shi’ite Muslim minority in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province have long felt marginalized by the Sunni ruling dynasty, and protests for greater rights as part of the 2011 Arab Spring brought a crackdown on both protesters and demands for reform. But now, death sentences for three Shi'ite Muslims including a prominent dissident cleric suggest that the region’s wider turmoil is further hardening attitudes toward the sect at home. ...