– Mohamed Merah, the 23-year-old gunman suspected of killing seven people in southern France, jumped to his death after police stormed his Toulouse apartment on Thursday.
– In formal talks set to begin today on the long-term military relationship between the U.S. and Afghanistan, Afghan officials are expected to press the U.S. for veto power on controversial night raids in Afghan homes.
– Defense Secretary Leon Panetta refused to approve the transfer of five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay after Qatar balked at imposing restrictions on their movements, a development which casts doubts on hopes for progress in talks between the U.S. and the Taliban.
– The International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, began talks with North Korea over arrangements to follow through on an invitation to inspect nuclear facilities, a recent conciliatory move by the isolated nation even amid separate provocations.
– VoteVets.org co-founder Jon Soltz notes that in the House GOP’s budget, the word “veteran” does not appear once. “Do Republicans care about keeping our promise to veterans?” Soltz asks.
– Unable to find an outside candidate to run with its backing, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is reconsidering its pledge to not field a presidential candidate of its own.
– While open to closing foreign military bases, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) voiced opposition to shutting down domestic bases, vowing to not join any commission designed to do so and effectively killing a Pentagon proposal.
– Harvard announced yesterday that it would open a campus office for the Army R.O.T.C. later this year. Since the military ended Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, many universities have re-opened their R.O.T.C. offices.