Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, March 22, 2012
- In a military coup, soldiers have claimed to have overthrown the president of Mali, Amadou Toumani Toure.
- Libya resists ICC’s custody claims in cases against Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi and Abdullah Senussi.
- Al-Qaeda has taken responsibility for dozens of bombings across Iraq, which have killed at least 52, leading up to the Arab League summit in Baghdad.
- China’s Justice Ministry has ordered all lawyers to pledge their allegiance to the Communist Party.
- All 15 of the UN Security Council members backed Kofi Annan’s peace plan for crackdown on the violence enveloping the country. In Syria-related sanctions, the EU aims to put a travel and shopping ban on President al-Assad’s wife Asma, in addition to other steps they have already taken against the nation.
- South Africa urges the EU to suspend the airline carbon scheme while the NY Times reports that the carbon plan could pay off for airlines.
- In response to the US move to lift financial sanctions on 11 countries who have significantly cut oil purchases from Iran, China slams the US’ position, calling it “misguided and selfish.”
- Columbian troops killed at least 39 members of the FARC last night in a raid happening days before an impending hostage release from the insurgent group.
- Italy’s Supreme Court ruled that even though a same-sex couple who married outside of Italy cannot be considered as legally wed in the country, they do have a “right to family life,” potentially opening doors to ending the Italian ban on same-sex marriage.
- Myanmar has invited foreign observers from the US and the EU to monitor upcoming elections.
- Somali pirates freed a British hostage after she was kidnapped and held for over six-months.
- 17 Chevron and Transocean employees were charged with environmental crimes following an oil spill off the coast of Brazil last November.