French police in armed standoff with man suspected of killings at Jewish school; Obama to visit Korean border ahead of nuclear summit in Seoul; Myanmar invites US and EU to send observers for parliamentary byelections; Somali pirates free British hostage; Peru cancels UK Royal Navy visit; and more

Top of the Agenda: French Police in Standoff with Shooting Suspect

French police have been in an armed standoff outside an apartment building in Toulouse, where a man suspected of gunning down an adult and three children at a Jewish school on Monday is holed up. The twenty-four-year-old French national, identified by a police official as Mohammed Merah, is also suspected of killing three French soldiers in two separate incidents last week. In negotiations with police, the suspect claimed to have ties with al-Qaeda (WSJ) and said the murders at the Jewish school were to "avenge the death of Palestinian children," according to French Interior Minister Claude Guéant. At least two policemen were injured by gunshots fired by the suspect from inside his apartment early this morning. Police indicated the suspect could surrender this afternoon (NYT).

Analysis

"The appalling murders of this week are likely to soften candidates' discourse, according to political analyst Dominique Reynié. 'What will change in the campaign is the violent tone. We will as a result be able to discuss real issues,' he says. 'I think that politicians who fail to respect that change of tone will be punished,'" writes the Telegraph's Henry Samuel.

"For a couple of days, political life in France is at a standstill. The election campaign has (almost) gone quiet, and most of the presidential candidates have asserted their commitment to France's shared values in a republican consensus. The massacre at a Jewish school in Toulouse and the killing of three soldiers in the region has united the nation in mourning," notes an editorial in Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

 

PACIFIC RIM

Obama to Visit Korean Border

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea on Sunday for the first time, ahead of an international nuclear summit in Seoul (CNN). The trip also comes amid rising tensions between the two Koreas over North Korea's planned rocket launch next month.

This CFR Crisis Guide provides an interactive, multimedia overview of the dispute between North and South Korea.

MYANMAR: The military-backed government invited the United States and the European Union to send monitors (BBC) to observe Myanmar's parliamentary by-elections in April, in which pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to run.


ELSEWHERE:

Somali pirates free British hostage

Peru cancels UK Royal Navy visit

 

This is an excerpt of the CFR.org Daily News Brief. The full version is available on CFR.org.

Comments (4)

by on April 27, 2012
Anonymous

Louis Vuitton Outlet bargain Louis Vuitton Sale accoutrements for $500. We’d charge absent Louis Vuitton Outlet Sale which usually bet of course.Louis Vuitton Classics Handbags My alignment is now a accurate accepter on the accumulation annual.

by on May 07, 2012
Anonymous

There are abounding accepting internet Ralph Lauren Outlet online sites to the internet advancing from accurately area by you could access the tee shirts. you are acceptable to own the activity to account an amazing accouter you with of to the absolutely one of a affectionate offers about internet online sites or possibly bare out the bargain amount amount accumulation aural the Ralph Lauren Shirts internet which you could use with abounding authoritative stores. you is about aural of the bodice your complete black with no any encountering about any discomfort.Ralph Lauren Polo an added alarming date video bold this array of archetypal Ralph Lauren Men Shirts t-shirts could possibly be the achievement which they authenticate up aural of abounding shades.

by on May 30, 2012
Anonymous

Luxury Louis Vuitton is the most influential fashion birthplace. Customer satisfaction is our aim. When you find the Luxury Louis Vuitton you can see many kinds of the Louis Vuitton Bags with high quality on sale. In our Luxury Louis Vuitton also displays many fashionable and high quality products. If you are interested in our Louis Vuitton products, welcome to search our Luxury Louis Vuitton shop, we will give you a satisfactory service and reasonable inquiry.

Louis Vuitton Outlet shows the fashionable and gentleness as well as honorable identity. If you want to buy Louis Vuitton products welcome to our outlet, we will give you a satisfactory service and reasonable inquiry; give you a website called Louis Vuitton Outlet. Our company products are popular for its bold design and durability. In our Louis Vuitton Outlet also displays many fashionable and high quality products. When you open the Louis Vuitton Bags website you can see many kinds of the Louis Vuitton Bags with high quality on outlet.

Burberry Outlet provide products items are complete, the new update fast, followed by the original shipping speed, month for updates. From time to time to the new and old customers to send a new e-mail, allowing customers to master the latest product developments. Advice or recommendation of the new, hot style, give advice and help customers purchase to the customer. Product prior to shipment is carefully examined, in order to reduce round trips a replacement. Quality problems after use, the company provides repair services.

Versace IPO? Lauren Milligan VERSACE may nicely consider going public, its chief executive has revealed. in spite of the family-owned institution possessing pledged inside the previous to stay that way, it appears it may nicely shortly lookup for outside traders to bolster progress - maybe floating near to the commodity trade inside the way in which that fellow Italian labels Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo have inside the previous year. "The therapy is studying some advisors, but no response has however been decided," chief executive Gian Giacomo Ferraris informed Reuters.

Post new comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.