Headlines for Wednesday, July 3, 2013
- Length: 5:09 minutes (4.72 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Egyptian military deposes President Morsi to celebrations from anti-government protesters
The Egyptian military has pushed President Mohamed Morsi out of office, in what appears to be a coup d’état. Earlier in the evening, soldiers surrounded supporters of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood in the streets. A general later announced the constitutional court would rule until elections are held. FSRN will have more on the situation later in the program.
North Carolina GOP pushes surprise abortion legislation through Senate
The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill containing language further restricting abortion availability in the state. Hundreds of reproductive rights advocates protested at the capitol this morning.
“Shame on you! Shame on you!”
Last night the Republican-led state Senate added several anti-abortion provisions to a bill banning the use of Sharia law in family courts. The additions were made quickly and with little notice, and even the Republican governor issued a statement criticizing the manner in which it was pushed through. The legislation would ban certain insurance providers from offering abortion coverage and require clinics to meet the same licensing requirements as surgical centers, which would put all but one abortion provider in the state out of business, according to the News and Observer newspaper. The bill will now go to conference to resolve differences between the Senate and House versions.
France calls for trade deal delays with US after spying discovery
France’s government today called for a delay to negotiations on a sweeping new free trade pact between the US and the European Union. The talks, slated to begin on Monday, have been jeopardized by new revelations of American spying on EU offices in New York, Washington, DC and Brussels. From France, FSRN’s Liam Moriarty has more.
Recent reports that the National Security Agency bugged E-U diplomatic offices and accessed their computer systems have triggered outrage in capitals across Europe. Today the Socialist government of Francois Hollande called for a two-week delay to the start of talks on the trade deal. A spokesperson said the time-out was needed to get answers about the extent of – and the motivations behind – the American surveillance of its European allies. Paris says will seek support for the delay from other EU countries, but so far, the response has been cool. Even though European Commission President Jose Manuel Barosso called the spying allegations “very disturbing,” and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said “bugging friends is unacceptable,” both Berlin and the Commission says they see no reason not to start the talks on schedule. Liam Moriarty, FSRN, Normandy, France.
Bug found in Ecuador’s Embassy in London
Ecuadorian officials say they have found a hidden microphone in their London Embassy, the building that houses WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The bug was reportedly discovered in Ambassador Ana Alban’s office.
“We are sending it to someone who can respond, what is this about?”
Audio from ITN. Ecuador has recently come under criticism from the United States because it is currently considering an asylum request from accused NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Bolivia is also getting caught up in the politics surrounding the Snowden case.
Bolivia presidential plane delayed, suspected of transporting Edward Snowden
Bolivian President Evo Morales was allegedly prevented from entering the airspace of France and Portugal and later Italy and Spain. Bolivian officials say international authorities diverted the plane because they suspected Snowden was on board. Morales was traveling back from an energy conference in Russia and landed in Austria, instead of Spain, to refuel. FSRN’s Aldo Orellana López reports from Bolivia.
Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera said in a national press conference this morning that Morales was kidnapped by European countries, in complicity with the government of the United States.
“President Morales was kidnapped by an imperial, abusive, arrogant and unjustified decision. The presidential plane has immunity, and according to international law, it cannot be subject to any form of requisition. As a government we are making all possible international protests.”
Linera said Bolivia is filing a complaint at the United Nations and the High Commission for Human Rights. The Union of South American Nations will meet Thursday to evaluate the situation. Morales was grounded for about 14 hours in Vienna before being allowed to leave for home. Austrian and Bolivian authorities say Snowden was not on board the president’s plane. Meanwhile in La Paz, Morales supporters have been protesting outside the embassies of France, Spain and the United States. Bolivi has summoned the diplomatic representatives of the governments involved to explain their actions. Aldo Orellana López, FSRN, Cochabamba.
US drone strike kills 16 in Pakistan
A US drone strike in Pakistan has killed at least 16 people. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry released a statement soon after “strongly” condemning the strike in North Waziristan. International media report the attack focused on one house suspected to be occupied by Haqqani fighters.