Weekday News Wrap: Friday, April 20, 2012
- Anti-government protests (which forced the cancellation of last year’s event) occurred at the start of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix.
- The US Congress has communicated its intent to repatriate Canadian Guantanamo detainee, Omar Khadr, according to the NY Times.
- Abu Qatada has appealed the European Court of Human Rights’ decision to allow his deportation to Yemen, but the UK Government claims that the appeal was filed past the deadline. Prime Minister David Cameron added that he would like to put him on a plane himself were it not for the law…
- Emerging countries are ready to increase their funding to the IMF, but want to see progress on voting reforms.
- Mali’s former leader, ousted in the recent military coup, has fled to Senegal.
- China responds calmly to India’s missile launch arguing that both states are partners, not rivals, while also pointing out that its own nuclear capability is much stronger than India’s.
- Guinea-Bissau’s ousted leader asks for a UN-backed stabilization force.
- EU pressure has led to the release of two prominent political prisoners in Belarus.
- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling on the UNSC for tougher sanctions against Syria, even though such sanctions are expected to be vetoed.
- The EU Parliament has approved a deal with the US on air passenger data sharing that includes tighter restrictions to ensure privacy.
- EU foreign ministers are set to suspend sanctions against Myanmar for one year.
- Colombia’s FARC denies any plans to surrender, despite proposing negotiations with government.
- Tensions further escalate between Sudan and South Sudan as the current Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir has promised to teach its neighbor to the south a “final lesson by force.”
- A British lawyer has brought the UK-based News of the World phone hacking scandal a step closer to the United States, stating he is seeking evidence to file suit in the US.
- Foreign Policy discusses how Argentina is becoming the new “Wild West” of narco-trafficking, as a result of Mexico’s drug war.
- Another round of Tunisian protests, this time between thousands of protestors challenging the ban on protests and the police, forced the city of Tunis to shut down.
- The EU may review its ban on Iranian crude oil in the coming months, according to an official.