Counter Claims – The Guardian covers “bruising verbal exchanges” between U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner over the disputed Falklands islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas, at the G-20. Cameron refused to take a package Kirchner tried to force into his hands believing it was a media stunt, it writes.
Flamethrowers – As Iranian nuclear talks in Moscow end in failure, the Washington Post reveals the U.S. and Israel “jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed at slowing Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials with knowledge of the effort.”
The Plot Thickens – The French embassy in Phnom Penh said architect Patrick Devillers, who has ties to disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, was arrested in Cambodia two weeks ago, the AFP reports. “We are considering whether to send him to China or France. China has demanded he be sent to China because he committed offenses there,” a police chief told the agency.
Conspiracy Theories – After the Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was disqualified from office by the Supreme Court Tuesday, the Daily Maverick asks if “the upper hand gained by the judiciary translates into a judicial coup.” Analysts have commented that whether a coup or not, it “is telling of the chequered reality of Pakistani politics, where the greater good is being sacrificed in an insidious battle for power among Pakistan’s political elite.” TIME’s Omar Waraich notes that it has raised “tensions between the government and the judiciary to their highest point and leaving the country vulnerable to a new phase of political instability.”
Shared Burden — Germany’s potential move to allow the eurozone’s bailout fund to buy up the bonds of failing eurozone economies could prevent “the single currency from imploding,” reports the Guardian. “Analysts are likely to see the decision as the first step towards sharing the burden of troubled countries’ debts across the single currency’s 17 members,” it writes. However, a spokeswoman for Merkel stated that “nothing has been decided yet.”
Unorthodox Diplomacy — Ships carrying Russian helicopters have been thwarted from reaching Syria from the most unlikeliest of blocks – their London insurers, writes the Independent. The U.S. is said to have asked British officials “to pressure Standard Club to cease its cover, citing E.U. sanctions controlling the transfer of arms to the country.” While the ships may have been able to dock in Syria without insurance, it “would be unable to refuel elsewhere, which may have forced its decision to return to port.”