In Washington: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington yesterday, in advance of his big speech tomorrow. Netanyahu will urge Congress to delay an upcoming deadline in the nuclear talks with Iran. The White House is more than miffed about the speech — at Netanyahu for giving it and at House Speaker John Boehner for arranging it without President Obama‘s blessing. More than two dozen Democrats are skipping the speech, including Vice President Joe Biden, who apparently has more pressing business in Guatemala that day.
Hostages freed: ISIS reportedly released 19 Assyrian Christian hostages yesterday. All but one of them were among the more than 200 people captured last week when the terrorist group attacked Christan villages in northern Syria. Why ISIS freed the hostages isn’t entirely clear. But one theory is that ISIS wants to gain credibility by showing it follows the rules and procedures of Sharia law. The fate of the remaining hostages remains uncertain.
Missles fired: As the United States and South Korea conduct joint military drills, North Korea responds the only way it knows how — with missiles. The regime fired two short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan early this morning. North Korea did the same thing during last year’s drills, firing off about 90 missiles. The North Koreans consider the drills to be a provocation, calling them “nothing but a smokescreen” for a “surprise” U.S.-South Korea invasion. The U.S. military denies such charges, saying the drills are “nonprovocative training.”
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