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Iraqi Nuclear Materials Seized By Terrorists
Iraqi terrorist groups have claimed control of 88 pounds of nuclear materials used in research, according to Reuters news.

The materials, were stolen from the Mosul University, are said to be low-grade, so it would be very difficult to manufacture weapons of mass destruction, Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter.

“These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts,” said Alhakim.

World Disinterested In Gaza Conflict
Raphel Ahren reports in The Times of Israel that an Israeli official believes the world is paying scant attention to the increasing violence in Gaza because they are frustrated by years of continued conflict and a failure on both sides to sit down at the negotiating table.

“The international community is totally disinterested. Yes, there were a few press releases from [UK Foreign Secretary] William Hague and a few others, but generally the world doesn’t show any particular interest in this,” the official told The Times of Israel. “They’re either very tired of [the Israeli-Palestinian conflict], or their attention is elsewhere, or they want to go on a summer vacation and don’t think this story is important enough.”

Is Obama Acting Like A European?
The criticism of President George W. Bush was that he acted too much like a typical, John Wayne-esque character – too much bluster for his own good.

But, argues Clemens Yergin in The New York Times, President Barack Obama is acting, well, too European.

It was during the height of the Syria conflict, he says, that he realized Obama “sounded just like a German politician: all moral outrage, but little else to help end one of the most devastating civil wars of our age,” who noted that the president’s modus operandi had become to “dial up his rhetoric” the more things became more difficult.

“One school of thought holds that President Obama is only executing the will of the people by staying out of conflicts around the globe. After two wars Americans are tired, so the reasoning goes, and need a respite from the world. And after the country recovers economically and mentally, it will return to be its true global self,” adds Yergin.

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