30 years of discussions have finally resulted in a really big contract between China and Russia saying Russia will supply China with a lot of natural gas. The deal took a long time because they couldn't agree on a final price. They still don't have a final price, but are definitely going to work that out later. Based on the past history of "two countries with exemplary conflict resolution records" analysts are confident everything will be fine.
The uproar over spying tactics continues as countries follow each other onto Bandwagon Pomp and Posturing and yell at one another over spying tactics. The yelling is widely expected to
last because why would anyone stop spying if everyone else is doing it, and
everyone contends they're not the one that started it in the first place.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzlement. His successor, Mohammed Morsi, is also on trial for some financial crimes. About 6 protestors have been paying attention to the trials, signaling the Egyptian courts are lagging behind public sentiments. Legal representatives for the two former presidents have advised them to pose as janitors and walk out of prison at some point.