Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
- The US-backed Korean-American Jim Yong Kim was named the next president of the World Bank, in a move that drew criticism about the purported dominance of the post by the United States.
- The Philippines will take its dispute with China in the South China Sea to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).
- Meanwhile, Tokyo’s governor wants to use public fund to purchase islands in the East China Sea, which are the subject of a territorial dispute with China.
- Following the coup in Guinea-Bissau, military chiefs have closed its air and sea space.
- Another day, another (alleged) drone attack in Yemen: three suspected al-Qaeda militants are said to have been killed by a US UAV strike.
- Amnesty International has criticized Bahrain for inadequate rights reforms following allegations of a failure to serve justice to protestors in its report about human rights abuses coming ahead of this weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix race taking place in the gulf nation.
- Sudan’s parliament has branded South Sudan the “enemy” and demanded a quick recapture of Heglig, the oil-rich region subject to recent aerial bombings and military attacks.
- The European Court of Human Rights has decided that it cannot rule on whether Russia properly investigated the Katyn Massacre because Russia refused to share documents.
- Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, highlights an insufficiency in Afghan intelligence mostly due to a NATO failure in 18-hour attacks in Kabul. Karzai attributes the attacks to the Taliban, while Washington asserts that they were Haqqani-led.
- In further Afghanistan news, Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that her country will end its Afghan mission in 2013, a year earlier than the international deadline for withdrawal.
- The US has said it is looking at “all options” in order to discourage North Korea’s planned third nuclear test, following a UN Security Council condemnation Monday of North Korea’s recent rocket launch attempt. China has also voiced its criticism.
- WTO Dispute Settlement Body has agreed to set up a Panel to examine the US request to examine the EU’s compliance with the Airbus decision.
- The former Secretary General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), gives an interview in the wake of recent attacks on the organization.
- Japan has vowed $60 billion in loans to boost the IMF’s coffers to help it contain spillovers from the Eurozone crisis.