By Luisa Frey
♦ Lobbies will ensure that the US sugar industry remains protected in the farm bill. The US sugar programme “supports US sugar prices above comparable levels in the world market.”
♦ The Iran talks may yet succeed or fail, but “the organising facts shaping the negotiations have not changed”, comments FT’s associate editor Philip Stephens. One of them is that Tehran’s acquisition of a bomb would be more than dangerous for international security.
♦ Islamist rebels in Syria have accidentally decapitated a fellow extremist instead of an enemy and now say they are sorry for the mistake, reports The Telegraph.
♦ In the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino appears to have been caught off guard by the magnitude of Typhoon Haiyan and now faces a “challenge that could define and undermine his presidency”, analyses Reuters.
♦ The first American to join the Bolshoi Ballet has left the company alleging she would have to pay a bribe of $10,000 to get a solo role, reveals The New York Times. Read more
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