Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
- US authorities have arrested the first suspect in the BP oil spill case for allegedly destroying evidence linked to the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Pakistan has successfully tested a nuclear-capable intermediate range ballistic missile, approximately a week after India did the same.
- The International Criminal Court is closely monitoring the situation in Mali, following the surge in violence since January.
- While the stalemate about the NLD members’ parliamentary oath is on-going, the Myanmar military strengthens its position, replacing military affiliated members with higher ranking officials.
- Amnesty International criticizes Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland for discriminatory treatment of Muslims.
- The US is skeptical of Iran’s claims that it is re-creating a captured drone.
- Following suit of other nations, Canada has suspended most of its sanctions against Myanmar.
- Japan fears that one of its nuclear plants sits atop a geological fault, raising the risk it may never resume power.
- The Philippines and the US have staged a war games exercise despite China’s warning that such action would raise the risk of an armed conflict.
- In addition to Peter Spiro’s discussion of Arizona’s SB 1070, with arguments slated to begin before the Supreme Court today, other law professors have weighed in on the issues. A collection of links can be found here.
- Kofi Annan has declared the ongoing violence in Syria to be unacceptable, especially in light of the April 12th ceasefire agreement.
- Reuters has an analysis piece about the violence between Sudan and South Sudan, pointing to old wounds and ethnic rivalries as the causes of escalating war rhetoric.
- US warns North Korea not to engage in hostile acts and China also issued a veiled warning.
- Israel retroactively legalizes West Bank Settlements.