– Veterans with mental health issues often face “unconscionable” waits for treatment leading some patients to attempt suicide, say new reports from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
– The U.S. is entering into discussions with NATO allies about removing its tactical nuclear weapons from Europe as part of a bid to reduce nuclear weapons around the world.
– AFP reports: “Security forces killed seven protesters in the Syrian capital Damascus, Idlib province and Deraa on Friday, opening fire with live ammunition as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators poured into the country’s streets, activists said.”
– Saying that it will cause people to question the “true motivation of medical workers and humanitarian aid,” the medical advocacy group Doctors Without Borders condemned the CIA’s fake vaccination program to gather DNA data on people in the town in Pakistan where Osama Bin Laden was hiding out.
– Iraqi officials report that elite Iraqi military units directly under the control of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki operate a clandestine jail in Baghdad’s Green Zone where prisoners are regularly tortured to extract confessions.
– A foreign intelligence service hacked into a Defense Department contractor’s computer system in March and obtained 24,000 Pentagon files according to a senior official.
– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon yesterday called the Afghan Taliban “totally irresponsible” for killing and maiming civilians in its attempt to retake control of Afghanistan. “Unfortunately, there is a perception that NATO forces or coalition forces have been killing civilians,” Ban said. “I can assure you they are doing their best efforts to prevent any such potential.”