– David Ignatius reports that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a message to the Iranians from President Obama that the U.S. would accept Iran’s civilian nuclear program if it could prove it would never pursue nuclear weapons.
– A senior Chinese diplomat said today an attack on Iran would spark a regional war and destabilize the global economic recovery, adding that the international community had to restrain itself from war.
– A new report prepared for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said the U.S. has underestimated the growth of China’s military. The study found “identifiable cases of miscalculation” with China developing anti-ship ballistic missiles and stealth fighter jets earlier than the U.S. expected.
– The UAE detained two employees of the National Democratic Institute, an American-financed pro-democracy NGO and barred one of them, a Serbian national, from leaving the country.
– Numerous news organizations, including McClatchy, the Washington Post and the New York Times “filed an objection Thursday to Pentagon plans to close a terrorism hearing next week where details could emerge of a detainee’s mistreatment at secret CIA prisons overseas.”
– McClatchy reports that while Iraqi leaders tout a decline in terrorist attacks and vibrant entrepreneurship, “post-American Iraq remains an unstable, deeply sectarian state that’s verging on authoritarianism under the veneer of a U.S.-friendly Muslim democracy.”