FYI: quick news from around the world

  • YouTube blocked in Saudi to stop anti-Islam film
  • Myanmar’s Suu Kyi begins landmark US visit
  • NATO scales back Afghan partnering after attacks
  • Panetta: US-Japan agree on new defense system
  • Italy to now represent Canada in Iran

YouTube blocked in Saudi to stop anti-Islam film
YouTube said Tuesday that it had blocked users in Saudi Arabia from viewing an anti-Islam video that has sparked protests across the Muslim world, after the kingdom’s press agency reported that the ruler had blocked all access to the film.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi begins landmark US visit
Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, began a marathon tour of the U.S. Monday, the latest milestone in her remarkable journey from political prisoner to globe-trotting stateswoman.

NATO scales back Afghan partnering after attacks
NATO said Monday that it has scaled back operations with Afghan soldiers and policemen to lower the risk of insider attacks and reduce local tensions over an anti-Islam video that prompted protests in Afghanistan.

Panetta: US-Japan agree on new defense system
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that U.S. and Japanese officials have agreed to put a second defense system in Japan aimed at protecting the country from the threat of a missile attack from North Korea. The exact location of the radar installation has not yet been determined. It will be in the south, U.S. officials said, but not in Okinawa.

Italy to now represent Canada in Iran
Italy Foreign Minister said Canada had made the request after the Sept. 7 closure of the Canadian embassy in the Iranian capital and announced it will protect Canadian interests in Iran following Ottawa’s recent severing of diplomatic relations with Tehran.

Chicago teachers vote to return to classroom
Chicago’s teachers agreed to return to the classroom after more than a week on the picket lines, ending a spiteful stalemate with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that put teacher evaluations and job security at the center of a national debate about the future of public education.

Obama launches new China trade action
President Barack Obama is launching a new trade enforcement case against China, targeting Chinese subsidies for exports of automobiles and automobile parts during a campaign trip to Ohio.

US home sales jump to highest since May 2010
National Association of Realtors said sales of previously occupied homes rose 7.8 percent in August from July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. That’s the highest level since May 2010.

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