Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
- An Italian kidnapped by al-Qaeda insurgents in Algeria and held for 14 months has been freed in northern Mali.
- Denmark has established a Commission of Inquiry into its role in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. EJIL has an in-depth post about it here.
- The Arab League has urged Syria to implement the ceasefire plan after being briefed by Kofi Annan.
- The definition of piracy is in dispute ahead of a piracy trial in Virginia.
- The African Union has suspended Guinea-Bissau from all activities after its recent military coup until the restoration of constitutional order.
- Spain is threatening retaliation against Argentina for the forced nationalization of the oil firm YPF, forcing current majority owner, Spain’s Repsol, to lower its participation from 57.4% to 6.4%. The European Commission President also expressed his disappointment and Repsol is planning to take its case to investment tribunals.
- Foreign Policy outlines five ways Jim Yong Kim can save the World Bank during his presidency.
- India will test an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 5000 km today.
- In an alleged attempt to curb the number of females in school, 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned through drinking water at their high school in the north of the country.
- North Korea claims it is no longer bound by the nuclear test moratorium it agreed to with the United States.
- Secret British colonial files, previously confidential, were released this week including information about the Kenyan MauMau uprising, the Maylayan Emergency and the evacuation of the Chagos islands, among other things.
- The former UK Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, is facing a lawsuit by a Libyan dissident claiming to have been taken to Gaddafi’s Libya under a rendition operation facilitated by MI6.
- Aung San Suu Kyi will visit Norway and Britain in June this year, in her first foreign trip since 1988.
- French President Nicholas Sarkozy denies allegations of having sold a nuclear reactor to Muammar Gadaffi’s regime in 2010.