Today’s top world news from The Washington Post:
-How an e-mail address disrupted plots in Britain and U.S.--In November 2008, Abid Naseer, a Pakistani student living in Manchester, England, began to e-mail a Yahoo account that was ultimately traced back to his home country. The young man’s e-mails appeared to be about young women. British investigators later determined that the four names were code for different types of explosives and that a final April 2009 e-mail announcing a “marriage to Nadia” between the 15th and the 20th was a signal that a terrorist attack in England was imminent, according to British court documents. The case study provides a rare glimpse of how the broad surveillance practices of the United States, often in concert with allies, are deployed, report Peter Finn and Greg Miller.
-Karzai suspends security talks with U.S.; Taliban rockets kill 4 Americans--Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday suspended negotiations with Washington over a security agreement that would regulate the presence of U.S. troops here beyond 2014, apparently angered by the U.S.-backed initiative to start formal peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar. The announcement came a day after Taliban envoys appeared before reporters to give a U.S.-demanded statement that they did not want to plan or launch attacks on other countries from Afghan soil, and were open to talking with other Afghans, report Tim Craig and Ernesto Londono.
-VIDEO: Iran relations thawing with President Rouhani?--Both Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani and President Obama have expressed a willingness for better relations. The Post's Jason Rezaian describes the climate in Tehran following the presidential election.
-In Turkey, protesters try a new approach: Standing still--Turkey’s demonstrations took a new twist on Tuesday, as plazas, malls and public spaces across the country filled with people trying a new form of protest: doing nothing. Protesters opposed to the 10-year rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that he may have driven them from central Istanbul’s Gezi Park, which they had occupied for more than two weeks, but that he could not arrest them for standing still, reports Michael Birnbaum.
-World economic group calls for global exchange of tax information to fight evasion--A top world economic group has called for the creation of a global system to automatically funnel financial information about individuals and companies from countries where their earnings and investments are located to jurisdictions where they might owe taxes. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is spearheading an effort to curb tax evasion by individuals and close some controversial tax loopholes for corporations, said that the foundation of such a system is already emerging because of reporting requirements newly imposed by the United States, reports Howard Schneider.
-Obama to call for nuclear warhead reduction in U.S., Russia--President Obama will call Wednesday for reducing the number of deployed U.S. strategic nuclear warheads by one-third if the Russian government agrees to similar cuts, reviving a goal outlined early in his presidency to work toward a world without nuclear weapons. Obama will deliver the proposal as part of a much-anticipated speech that will echo with Cold War history and seek to shake Western nations from complacency at a time of economic hardship at home, reports Scott Wilson.