Egypt Recalls Ambassador to Israel; West Memphis Three Freed; Gadhafi Staying in Libya


The Egyptian government announced it plans to recall its ambassador from Israel. The move was sparked by an event when three Egyptian military officers were gunned down by an Israeli warplane after they were mistaken for suspected militants. The New York Times says this “marks a level of antagonism not seen since Egypt and Israel signed the historic Camp David accords three decades ago.” [NYT]

Three men, dubbed the “West Memphis Three,” were released from prison yesterday after serving time for the murder of three Cub Scouts in 1993. Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley “entered their pleas under a legal provision that allowed them to maintain their innocence while acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict them.” [Washington Post]

CNN reports that the Libyan government has refuted claims that Moammar Gadhafi is planning to leave the country due to pressure from rebels. The United States and NATO “also say they have no indication Gadhafi is making preparations to leave.” [CNN]

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is the investigating Nafissatou Diallo’s lawyer from the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex-assault case. The Post reports that Kenneth Thompson “may have been making potentially obstructionist offers to the defense at the same time that he was refusing to let Diallo meet with them.” [NYP]

It looks to be in the mid-eighties all day today, with a chance of showers in the late afternoon. [TWC]