Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

by Jessica Dorsey

  • Mauritania has agreed to extradite ex-Libyan chief-of-intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi to Libya.
  • The Economist outlines the world’s biggest arms exporters based on a new report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
  • US President Barack Obama is slated to visit the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea today ahead of his upcoming visit with South Korean president, Lee Meyung-Bak.
  • Western powers diluted the language of a U.N. Security Council resolution regarding Syria in order to garner Russian support; in response, speaking from Jakarta, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon once again urged an international response to the violence in Syria and warned of ‘massive repercussions’ for the world if the international community does not act.
  • The Palestinian Authority has asked the U.N.’s Human Rights Council to investigate the impact of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.
  • Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran would attack to defend itself if the United States or Israel were to show aggression toward the nation.
  • Saudi Arabia may include women on its Olympic team, potentially making the Summer Games in London a watershed event, where every participating nation features at least one female athlete.
  • The US exempted 10 EU countries and Japan from sanctions as they have significantly cut crude oil purchases from Iran, but this move leaves China and India exposed. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a statement here.
  • Israel has asked to clear out its embassy in Cairo, highlighting growing tensions since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak last year.
  • Jurist covers the ACLU’s petition filed yesterday with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights on behalf of Afghan and Iraqi citizens who were allegedly tortured while being detained by American military.
  • The Kony 2012 campaign and the ICC’s recent verdict in the Lubanga case have put the issue of child soldiers back on the international agenda, reports The Guardian.

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