Today’s Top World News from The Washington Post

Today’s Top World News from The Washington Post

-Tunisia faces political struggle over Islam- Two and a half years after kindling a revolution that flamed across the Arab world, Tunisians have moved on to the next chapter, a political struggle between Islamic fundamentalism and the tolerant, Mediterranean-style Islam that has characterized their nation’s 57 years as an independent state. Although Tunisia is a small country of 11 million people, its looming decisions on national identity, the role of religion and political organization touch on — and are likely to become a beacon for — the main challenges facing reformers across North Africa and the Middle East, reports Edward Cody.


-N. Korea proposes ‘senior-level’ talks with U.S.- North Korea on Sunday proposed wide-ranging “senior-level” talks with the United States, an offer it said Washington should accept without setting any “preconditions” about de­nuclearization. The North’s proposal marked the latest attempt at reconciliation by a family-run police state that spent much of March and April making threats. In a statement issued by its official news agency and attributed to the National Defense Commission, a top policy body, North Korea said the talks should be used to defuse “military tensions,” draft a peace treaty for the peninsula and discuss mutual denuclearization, reports Chico Harlan.


-Turkey turmoil could lead to new flash points- The turmoil in Turkey entered a new stage Sunday, with riot police tearing through residential neighborhoods in Istanbul to clear streets of protesters as Prime Minister Recep Tay­yip Erdogan delivered a fiery speech to tens of thousands of supporters on the city’s outskirts. As thousands of protesters who had been pushed out of central Taksim Square a day earlier tried to return, many said they would stay in the streets, and five major trade unions declared a general strike starting Monday. And with Erdogan on Sunday telling his opponents that the proper place to challenge him was at the ballot box, residents said other ongoing controversies could spark new protests in the lead-up to local polls next year, reports Michael Birnbaum.




-On Europe trip, Obama will face a continent frustrated by his actions and inaction- President Obama this week will visit a European continent deeply worried about its economy, the worsening conflict in Syria and the uncertain direction of American leadership abroad in the fifth year of his administration. As he arrives Monday in Northern Ireland for his first trip to Europe in two years, Obama will be confronting the diplomatic fallout from his actions and in­action on some of the most urgent concerns of his European counterparts, reports Scott Wilson.


-U.S. chief records officer details federal e-mail record-keeping programs- After the Associated Press reported this month that some Obama Cabinet officials have used alternative e-mail accounts in addition to government addresses to conduct federal business, The Washington Post talked with the National Archives and Records Administration about it and what’s new in the world of electronic recordkeeping. Paul M. Wester Jr. is chief records officer for the archives agency and the first person to hold the job, which was created in 2011. He issues policy and guidance to federal agencies on which records they must keep and for how long, with an emphasis on electronic records, including the vast trove of e-mail created by federal officials, reports Lisa Rein.


-Republicans trying to use health-care law to detail Obama’s immigration reform efforts- After spending years unsuccessfully trying to overturn “Obamacare,” Republicans are now attempting to use President Obama’s landmark health-care law to derail his top second-term initiative — a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. Conservatives in both chambers of Congress are insisting on measures that would expand the denial of public health benefits to the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants beyond limits set in a comprehensive bill pending in the Senate, report David Nakamura and Sandhya Somashekhar.


-State photo-ID databases become troves for police- The faces of more than 120 million people are in searchable photo databases that state officials assembled to prevent driver’s-license fraud but that increasingly are used by police to identify suspects, accomplices and even innocent bystanders in a wide range of criminal investigations. The facial databases have grown rapidly in recent years and generally operate with few legal safeguards beyond the requirement that searches are conducted for “law enforcement purposes.” Amid rising concern about the National Security Agency’s high-tech surveillance aimed at foreigners, it is these state-level facial-recognition programs that more typically involve American citizens, report Craig Timberg and Ellen Nakashima.


-In Hong Kong, pressure mounts on government to protect Snowden- Political pressure is growing here for the Hong Kong government to protect Edward Snowden, who has said he will remain in the city and allow the people here to “decide his fate.” Yet Snowden is depending on a place that isn’t in control of even its own destiny. Hong Kong has a separate legal system from mainland China and an avowed devotion to free speech, but the city ultimately answers to Chinese leaders in Beijing, who may be wary of a confrontation with the U.S. government, reports Jia Lynn Yang.


Capital Business: Booz Allen stays quiet in aftermath of NSA leak- Last year, Booz Allen Hamilton, the McLean-based defense contractor, went on a public relations offensive, pushing to get chief executive Ralph Shrader and other executives into the public eye as experts on how the government can manage budget and policy changes in a thoughtful way. Last week, the contractor got more attention than it might have bargained for when former employee Edward Snowden told the world about his decision to leak details about the United States’s PRISM data surveillance program, reports Catherine Ho.


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