On the Radar: WikiLeaks, Facebook profiles, talks on North Korea, taxes
December 6th, 2010
09:06 AM ET

On the Radar: WikiLeaks, Facebook profiles, talks on North Korea, taxes

WikiLeaks documents - "Terrorist funding emanating from Saudi Arabia remains a serious concern." So states a cable prepared for the visit of U.S. Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke to the kingdom earlier this year.

It is one of several that have appeared on the WikiLeaks site that suggest that despite some progress, the flow of cash to extremist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan from individuals and charities in the Gulf has certainly not been halted. The cable, written by U.S. Ambassador James B Smith, says that the Saudis are "cooperating more actively than at any previous point to respond to terrorist financing concerns raised by the United States, and to investigate and detain financial facilitators of concern."

Meanwhile, as criticism continues to grow against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Australia's attorney general says Assange would be allowed to return to his Australian homeland, and has the same protections as any other Australian citizen.

Facebook's changes - Facebook is rolling out a new design for members' profile pages, transforming what's now a jumbled collection of details into a streamlined window that conveys who you are and what you're up to, CNNMoney reports.

Later on we'll be taking a look at what's new with the profiles, what changing to the new template means, and whether you should make the switch.

N. Korea focus of Washington talks - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to meet with the top diplomats from South Korea and Japan  on Monday in Washington about the tense situation between the two Koreas. Clinton will huddle first with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, then with Japanese Foreign Minister Seiiji Maehara. Then all three will hold discussions together at the State Department.

Speaking shortly before his departure from South Korea on Sunday, Kim said the three attendees will discuss coordinating their outreach with other nations, according to Seoul's Yonhap news agency.

Tax cut extension? - Top senators from both parties indicated Sunday that a deal was likely soon on temporarily extending Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, along with unemployment benefits that have expired.

However, Republican senators made clear they are unlikely to budge in their opposition to other Democratic priorities in the final weeks of the lame-duck session of Congress that ends in early January.

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  1. The Red Shuttle ... http://x.co/Ka0w

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    USA and China have waited too much to solve the problem and THIS is the consequence! ... http://x.co/Ko3b
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    December 6, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Richard in Texas

    Nice to see the republicans are still holding their breathe until they get it their way.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |