U.S. objects to placard
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice objected Wednesday to the Palestinians’ latest bid to capitalize on their upgraded U.N. status when their foreign minister spoke at the Security Council while seated behind a nameplate that read “State of Palestine.” It was the first Palestinian address to the Security Council since the U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Nov. 29 to upgrade the Palestinians from U.N. observer to non-voting member state. Rice said that the United States does not recognize the General Assembly vote in November “as bestowing Palestinian ‘statehood’ or recognition.”
EU scolds Iran over talks
The European Union rebuked Iran on Wednesday in unusually direct language, suggesting it was willfully delaying new nuclear talks with six world powers by changing venues and setting preconditions on how the negotiations should be conducted. The criticism appeared provoked by an announcement by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi that his country was now proposing Cairo as the host city of the next meeting.
Drone airstrike kills 7
A U.S. drone strike on a car outside the capital of Sanaa killed at least seven suspected al-Qaida militants, Yemeni authorities said. The officials said the drone attack took place Wednesday near the town of Khawlan, some 20 miles southeast of the capital. Also, the Interior Ministry raised the death toll from a drone strike on Tuesday from three suspected militants to five.
Plane missing, 3 aboard
A small plane carrying three Canadians disappeared while flying over an Antarctic mountain range, and bad weather early today was hampering a search. The flight was going from a station near the South Pole to an Italian research base in Terra Nova Bay. Its emergency locator started transmitting about 10 p.m. Wednesday in a mountainous area about 280 miles north of the pole.
Compiled from wire reports.