Richard Goldstone is the South African judge who authored the infamous Goldstone Report for the UN, which condemned Israel for human rights violations and the deliberate targeting of Palestinian civilians in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in 2009. Now Judge Goldstone has retracted the worst of his conclusions, saying in a Washington Post editorial that the Israelis did not systematically target civilians or commit any of the other abuses they were accused of. Israel has demanded that the UN nullify the Goldstone Report on the basis of its author’s retraction.
Meanwhile, the European Central Bank is set to raise interest rates ahead of the Fed. This is the first time in forty years that ECB has gone out of line with the Fed. The move is expected to improve the value of the euro against the dollar.
In other news, a suicide bomber attacked a Sufi temple in Pakistan during the Urs religious celebration, killing at least 41 people. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
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