— An Israeli government-appointed commission of jurist said yesterday that Israel’s presence in the West Bank is not an occupation and recommended that the state grant approval for scores of unauthorized Jewish settlement outposts there.
— U.N. peace envoy to Syria Kofi Annan is in Tehran meeting with top Iranian officials and said that he believes Iran should be part of the solution to end the crisis in Syria.
— Acting White House budget director Jeffrey Zients has agreed to testify before the House Armed Services Committee next month on the administration’s plans for carrying out more than $1 trillion in across-the-board budget cuts that could roll out over the next 10 years.
— The International Criminal Court handed down its first sentence today, imprisoning for 14 years Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga who was convicted of using child soldiers.
— Gen. Keith Alexander, chief of both the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, said yesterday that the nation needs cyber-security legislation to authorize sharing of threat data between industry and government in real time. He added that it can be done without any danger to individual privacy.