Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
- A UN convoy carrying the head of the mission to Libya was targeted while traveling in Benghazi; no one was hurt but this incident raises questions about stability and security in the country.
- The General Counsel of the CIA, Stephen Preston, spoke yesterday at Harvard Law School about the agency the rule of law, including giving a hypothetical about the covert use of lethal force abroad under Article 51 of the UN Charter and a recap of the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011. Our own Ken Anderson posts about it here.
- We let you know about the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling Tuesday that the UK can extradite Islamic cleric Abu Hamza to the US to face trial on charges of allegedly supporting al-Qaeda and assisting in a fatal kidnapping in Yemen. More context and commentary found here and here.
- North Korea has begun to fuel its rocket ahead of its planned launch later this week.
- Despite recent attacks, Kofi Annan insists it is not too late to implement the peace plan he helped broker in Syria. Foreign Policy outlines the options for Syria, in case the plan does not succeed. According to its Foreign Minister, William Hague, the UK may seek a Security Council decision referring Assad to the ICC.
- In a Reuter’s exclusive, China’s ZTE trading firm had planned on selling $10.5 million (€8 millon) worth of embargoed computing equipment to Iran, shedding some light on how Iran is able to get American tech products despite sanctions.
- The Philippine Navy is in a standoff with Chinese ships.
- Colombia’s foreign minister reports that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will attend the Summit of the Americas this weekend in Cartagena, a sign of strength for the Venezuelan leader who has been battling abdominal cancer.
- A spokesman for South Sudan has stated that Sudan has been shelling a disputed oil-producing border region with South Sudan, allegedly using artillery and warplanes.
- In a new controversy for Kony 2012 creators Invisible Children, a leaked Wikileaks cable shows that the group allegedly helped the Ugandan military arrest a former child soldier who was trying to begin a new rebel faction.