Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Raffaela Wakeman
Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 6:05 PM

A very light news day...

The FAA bill that the House passed has now been approved by the Senate as well, reports Keith Laing and Josiah Ryan at The Hill. It is a four-year extension bill, which means no more short-term fixes. The bill is on its way to the President and includes requirements for the FAA and DOT regarding integrating drones into the domestic airspace.

Declan Walsh at the New York Times writes about cases brewing in Pakistan against its Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, the Pakistani government's spy agency. One of the cases, set for a hearing tomorrow, involves the state's Supreme Court order to produce seven suspected militants who have been held by the ISI since 2010 in court and to explain how four others mysteriously died in custody.

In the meantime, General James N. Mattis, who is in charge of CENTCOMM, will be meeting with the Pakistani Army's Chief of Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in an effort to rebuld relations following the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers late last year. Eric Schmitt and Declan Walsh cover the story at the Times.

An Italian appeals court on Monday overturned Mohamed Ben Riadh Nasri's conviction. Nasri was transferred from Guantanamo to Italy along with two other Tunisian prisoners over two years ago. The AP has the story.

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