Special Report Grapevine: Follow Your Nose

No Girls Allowed: Iceland is announcing a United Nations conference on women and gender equality that will not invite any women.  The all-male session is being dubbed the barbershop conference - by the country's foreign affairs minister, who touts it as a one-of-a-kind meeting.
 
"We want to bring men and boys to the table on gender equality in a positive way."
 
The event is part of a global campaign to get 100,000d men and boys involved in the issue. Critics say it will lead to a one-sided conversation. 
 
Think Again: If you are looking for a vacation spot off the beaten path why not give Syria a try? Believe it or not Bloomberg reports the country torn apart by a civil war and invaded by ruthless ISIS terrorists is counting on tourism for a major economic shot in the arm. The US government is not high on the idea.
 
"The Department of State continues to warn US citizens against travel to Syria. No part of Syria should be considered safe from violence." 
 
Follow Your Nose: Finally, the Grapevine is all for personal hygiene, but there are some lifestyles where it just gets in the way. Oregon police officers were able to capture a suspect who had  eluded them in a high speed chase thanks to his cologne. After giving the law the slip Charles Agosto ditched his car and fled on foot. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that's when officers caught a strong scent of cologne in the darkness that led them to Agosto hiding in shrubbery. The scented perp was jailed on a plethora of charges -- including probation violation and criminal trespass. He told the officers he regretted using the cologne before he left his house.
 

CIA will no longer use vaccination program as cover for spying operations

A top White House official has pledged that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as cover for spying operations.

The agency used the ruse in targeting Osama bin Laden before the U.S. raid that killed him in 2011.

Lisa Monaco, President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, wrote to the deans of 13 prominent public health schools last week, saying the CIA has agreed it would no longer use vaccination programs or workers for intelligence purposes. The agency also agreed to not use genetic materials obtained through such programs.

A Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, offered a program of hepatitis vaccinations in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad as cover for his CIA-backed effort to obtain DNA samples from children at a compound where bin Laden was later killed during a 2011 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs. Afridi was convicted and sentenced by a Pakistani court to 33 years in prison for treason. The sentence was later overturned and Afridi faces a retrial.

In 2012, the United Nations suspended a polio vaccination effort in Pakistan after gunmen killed several health workers. Taliban militants accused health workers of acting as spies for the U.S.

More tonight from James Rosen on Special Report at 6pmET!

House approves measure to deny Iranian diplomat visa for UN

The House of Representatives ok'd a bill by unanimous consent to deny a visa for Hamid Aboutalebi. Iran has appointed Aboutalebi to be its Ambassador to the United Nations. But he was a player in the Iranian uprising which seized the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and took American hostage for 444 days.

The Senate approved by unanimous consent a measure to deny a visa for Aboutalebi earlier this week. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) crafted the plan.

More on this story tonight from correspondent Eric Shawn on Special Report--

 

 

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