– First lady Michelle Obama announced yesterday that 2,000 businesses around the country have hired or trained more than 125,000 military veterans and spouses in the past year, exceeding a White House goal of 100,000 by the end of next year.
– The Afghan government has blamed foreign spy agencies for the so-called “green on blue” attacks, putting President Hamid Karzai’s position directly at odds with NATO’s assessment of the crisis.
– The Wall Street Journal reports: The U.S. is planning a major expansion of missile defenses in Asia, a move American officials say is designed to contain threats from North Korea, but one that could also be used to counter China’s military.
– According to the United Nations, nearly 200,000 Syrians have fled the country to escape the increasing violence there while an estimated 2.5 million have been affected by the fighting, including 1.2 internally displaced persons.
– South Africa’s government has adopted a regulation to prevent the labeling of goods from the West Bank as being produced in Israel. The government said goods should now be labeled as originating from the “Israeli Occupied Territories.”
– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s decision to attend the Nonaligned Movement summit in Tehran is being seen as a setback in efforts to isolate Iran. Meanwhile, a State Department spokesperson said yesterday that there is still time for diplomacy to work with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.