Weekday News Wrap: Monday, April 9, 2012
- Guatemala became the 121st state to join the Rome Statute system of the International Criminal Court last week. The statute will enter into force on July 1st, 2012.
- In other ICC news, Libya’s justice minister has stated the country will not hand over Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to the Court, as it would rather try him in Libya.
- The UN-brokered Syrian ceasefire agreement is reportedly close to collapse.
- Foreign Policy offers a context piece about how they Syrian uprising is a sign of bigger battles to come in the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
- The government of the United Kingdom approved a 2004 rendition of an al-Qaeda suspect to the Gaddafi regime in Libya, where the suspect alleges he was tortured.
- The winner of the presidential elections in South Ossetia, the breakaway region of Georgia, is pro-Russia, former KGB Leonid Tibilov.
- International Court of Justice Judge Joan Donoghue gave a recent speech at the University of Georgia about the role of the Court.
- In Saudi Arabia, 50 suspected al-Qaeda members went on trial on charges of killing an American and destroying foreign housing.
- The president of Mail, Amadou Toumani Toure, hands over power.
- A South Korean intelligence report shows that in addition to North Korea’s planned rocket launch later this week, it is also planning its third nuclear test.
- India and Pakistan agree to attempt to normalize relations in their first meeting in seven years.
- Ahead of nuclear talks, Iran floats the idea of a compromise with respect to their production of enriched uranium.
- Afghanistan and the U.S. reach a deal to curb controversial night raids and give Kabul veto power on the operations.