Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, April 5, 2012
- As an advance group of UN peacekeepers arrived in Syria for talks on the monitoring of the ceasefire, violence erupted again.
- Russia is seeking more influence in the Syrian situation, and has invited the Syrian foreign minister and representatives of the Syrian opposition for separate talks in Moscow, on 10 April and 17-18 April respectively. Russia also urges other states not to arm the Syrian opposition.
- The Pentagon has referred Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and 4 others to trial by military commission in Guantanamo Bay for their roles in the 9/11 attacks.
- The US will move cautiously to ease some of its economic sanctions on Myanmar.
- The CIA reports that Iran has expanded its nuclear work in 2011.
- No venue has been decided yet for the Iran nuclear talks due to start on April 13, with Iran now suggesting that the talks could take place in Beijing, Beirut, Baghdad or even Damascus.
- Violence has erupted in Athens, after a pensioner committed suicide near the Parliament.
- The WTO Appellate Body held that the US ban on clove cigarettes is discriminatory because menthol flavored cigarettes, which it considered to be “like products”, do not fall within the ban.
- The Dutch government has recalled its ambassador to Suriname after its former colony passed a law granting former dictator Bouterse and his associates immunity from prosecution.
- The European Commission has referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice to examine whether the agreement breaches fundamental rights such as the freedom of expression. The European Parliament had earlier refused to refer the Agreement to the ECJ, with some members preferring to reject the agreement outright.
- The International Criminal Court has ordered Libya to hand over Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, who is wanted for crimes against humanity.