Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, April 3, 2012
- On the 30th anniversary of the Falklands Islands/Las Malvinas invasion, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner decried the existence of a “colonialist enclave” in the 21st century as an injustice. At a remembrance ceremony in the UK, UK Prime Minister David Cameron referred to the Islanders’ right of self-determination.
- According to Kofi Annan, Syria has agreed to a ceasefire starting on April 10.
- In a follow-up to threatening action against Mali, West African nations have placed trade, economic and diplomatic sanctions on the strife-ridden country.
- In Senegal, President Mackey Sall was sworn in, after being elected late last month.
- Hungarian President, Pal Schmitt, resigns amidst a plagiarism scandal regarding his doctorate, stripped away by a Hungarian university after allegations he copied large amounts of text without proper attribution.
- Pakistan has jailed family members of Osama bin Laden for a month and a half for illegal residence. Pakistan is already looking into repatriation for the family members after they serve their sentences.
- The ICRC has confirmed that FARC has released all 10 hostages it was holding for more than a decade.
- FP outlines various opinions about the nomination of Okonjo-Iweala for the top World Bank position.
- Outgoing World Bank President, Robert Zoellick, backs the idea of a BRICS development bank.
- Japan has extended its sanctions against North Korea, in place since 2006, by another year.
- Nuclear talks between Iran and the West are set to take place later this month in Istanbul, but some in Iran want to have them in an “Iran-friendly” Arab country.
- The US has welcomed India’s decision to send a Special Envoy to mediate between Sudan and South Sudan.
- At the WTO, the US, EU and 10 other countries criticize Argentina’s new import licensing system, requiring importers to balance these imports by exports.