– Talks in Moscow on Iran’s nuclear program have yielded no progress, descending “into mistrust and frustration.” Technical experts, as opposed to high-level officials, are set to meet early next month to determine whether there are grounds for further high-level contact.
– The Washington Post reports that the U.S. and Israel “jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed at slowing Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon.”
– Russian President Vladimir Putin and Jordan’s King Abdullah yesterday both warned against military intervention in Syria. Putin opposes outside meddling in internal Syrian affairs while King Abdullah said it would risk a “total breakdown in regional security.”
– The head of the U.N. monitoring mission in Syria, in his first direct report to the Security Council, cast doubts on the survival of the group’s mission.
– The Pentagon has announced new steps to deter assaults and make it easier to prosecute offenders.
– Reuters reports that “a U.S. election monitoring group said on Tuesday it was unable to say if Egypt’s presidential election was free and fair as it had not been given sufficient access, accusing the military leadership of hampering a transition to democracy.”