A busy few days for the U.S. in the world’s media. Latitude News brings you the best of what people around the globe are reading about America.
Speculation ties Syria to embassy attack
Police identified Ecevit Sanli, a 40-year-old militant, as the suicide bomber who struck the U.S. Embassy in Ankara on Friday, killing himself, a security guard and seriously wounding a Turkish journalist. But who helped him plan the attack?
An extreme leftist group, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), initially claimed responsibility. Now, the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports, the Turkish media is speculating that the bombing had a connection to Syria. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly called for the ouster of his embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad. Deutsche Welle explains:
Commentator Deniz Zeyrek reminded readers in “Radikal” that the DHKP-C worked with the Syrian regime back in the 1990s. According to Zeyrek, this cooperation continues to this day, and has gained a whole new dimension in the Syrian civil war . . . According to reports from the secret service, Assad has recently provided economic and logical support to leftist groups, Zeyrek said.
The report added that Turkish authorities have warned of the possibility of more attacks in the days ahead.
Al Gore a big fan of Australia’s approach to climate change
In a television interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, former vice-president and current environmental activist Al Gore said Australia’s government had “inspired the world” with its policies on climate change. He also criticized a plan floated by the opposition leader Tony Abbot, who supports implementing financial incentives for companies that reduce their carbon output. Gore said such proposals had failed to prove meaningful in the U.S. and other countries. He also warned of the dangers of extreme weather events, which he said will become more frequent and intense as the world warms:
Australians may look very carefully at the progress that has taken place and also look at the very powerful evidence that the climate crisis is having a very harsh impact on Australia, as predicted – as your own scientists have eloquently warned over and over again. Last week’s downpours and deluges in Queensland continue a pattern. The fires just not too many weeks before are of the kind that have led Australian firefighters to say, as they’ve said to me, that they have never experienced the kinds of fires that they have been called upon to fight in recent years.
While enthusiastic about President Obama’s promise to act on climate change, Gore has also laid out moves the president could make without Congressional approval.
Apple loses rights to iPhone in Brazil
Talk about planning ahead.
In 2000 the Brazilian company Gradiente filed a trademark for the “IPHONE.” Now Gradiente is releasing a smartphone under that brand name. Apple protested, but the Brazilian patent agency ruled that Gradiente was in the right, despite the difference in capitalization, reports Business News America.
Apple could still buy the Brazilian rights for the IPHONE/iPhone, BNA writes:
In the US, exclusive rights to the iPhone brand belonged to Cisco, before Apple bought them in 2007. Recently, Apple also lost rights over the use of the word “iPhone” in Mexico in a trademark case against Mexican [telephone company] iFone. In another case, the company paid Taiwanese tech firm Proview around US$60mn to trademark the word iPad.
Apple has not commented on the bruising loss. Gradiente, on the other hand, released a YouTube video explaining its side of the story “in an attempt not to be seen as the villain in the dispute.”