Weekday News Wrap: Friday, April 13, 2012
- China will begin delivering oil ships to Iran in May, two months ahead of a European ban on tankers carrying Iranian crude.
- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in an op-ed that Iran hopes for dialogue and trust from all sides going forward in nuclear talks and that it will be a process, not an event.
- The Guardian has an article on the legality of a military strike on Iran, featuring Alan Dershowitz, Anthony D’Amato, Bruce Ackerman and Opinio Juris‘ own Kevin Heller.
- The UN Security Council has demanded an end to the fighting between Sudan and South Sudan, including calls for troop withdrawal and an end to aerial bombardments.
- There are reports of ongoing clashes near the Turkish border between the Syrian military and rebels, despite the truce.
- North Korea has admitted failure, as the rocket it launched amid international criticism crashed shortly after blast-off today.
- The India-Pakistan border is again open for business, as the integrated checkpoint re-opened to commercial traffic in order to boost trade between the two nations.
- Xavier-Jean Keïta, principal counsel at the ICC’s Office of Public Counsel for the Defense, has asked the court to report Libya to the U.N. Security Council over its failure to extradite Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to The Hague.
- ECOWAS has condemned what it called an attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau after reports emerged of soldiers taking control of a central area of the country’s capital ahead of a planned runoff election, slated for April 29th.
- Mali’s new President has vowed total war against the Tuareg rebels in the north.
- At the Summit of Americas, taking place this weekend in Colombia, hot topic issues will be Cuba, the Falkland Islands, trade tensions and future directions for the war on drugs.
- Kuwait is mulling the death penalty for insulting God or the Prophet Mohammad, after a case of suspected blasphemy on Twitter caused an uproar.
- Afghan President Karzai has suggested he may step down a year earlier than planned to avoid elections when international troops are withdrawing.
- India has requested consultations with the US under the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding about the countervailing duties imposed by the US on certain steel products from India.