European briefs AAFES fuel prices to stay relatively steady
Prices for fuel through the Army and Air Force Exchange service will change little or not at all Saturday in most European locales.
Prices for gas in Germany fall a fraction of a penny, while the price for diesel jumps 8.2 cents to $5.142. Prices won’t change in Portugal’s Azores or in Turkey.
In the Netherlands, midgrade gas climbs another 8 cents to $4.963 per gallon, while premium is up 8.5 cents to $5.284. Netherlands diesel is up 3.8 cents to $5.695.
Illinois may use Guard to combat city crimeCHICAGO — Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday talked about sending state troopers or even the Illinois National Guard to help Chicago combat crime — an offer that Mayor Richard Daley didn’t know was coming.
Appearing at a signing ceremony for a bill that toughens the penalty for adults who provide guns to minors, Blagojevich said "violent crime in the city of Chicago is out of control."
Blagojevich said Daley had not asked for help and that he would call Daley later in the day.
Report: Iran military growing but is outdatedThe U.S. intelligence community in May completed a major National Intelligence Estimate on Iran that concluded the Iranian military is building up its missile and conventional forces but remains relatively outdated, U.S. officials have told The Washington Times.
Intelligence officials familiar with the estimate declined to disclose its details or even its key judgments to the Times, noting that the entire document is classified.
Lack of data blamed on border airstrikeThe killing of 11 Pakistani paramilitary soldiers by American airstrikes last month might have been prevented if the precise location of a border checkpoint had been in an American database used to prevent accidental attacks on friendly forces, American and Pakistan officials have told The New York Times.
Had the grid coordinates of the post on the border with Afghanistan been in the database, red flags would have immediately gone up when allied troops called in airstrikes during a border clash with insurgents, American officials briefed on an investigation into the strikes said Tuesday.
Iraq watchdog cleared of fraud allegationsWASHINGTON — The government has cleared the top U.S. watchdog of Iraq reconstruction projects and his deputy of fraud and abuse allegations lodged by former employees, officials said Wednesday.
On July 3, federal prosecutors alerted the office of Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen that a grand jury declined to indict him or deputy Ginger Cruz.
Last week, on July 9, the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency similarly cleared him and Cruz of any administrative charges stemming from the accusations.
A complaint to the presidential council filed by anonymous former staff members in 2006 focused on a number of fraud and abuse allegations, as well as descriptions of possible workplace violations, including sexual harassment.