Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
- The National Security Council has confirmed to Al Jazeera that the US has thwarted an airline bombing attempt by Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
- There has been a mass defection of Sudanese troops to South Sudan in the clash between the two nations.
- In other al-Qaeda news, an American aid worker, based in Lahore, has made a video pleading with President Obama to meet the demands of his Pakistan-based al-Qaeda captors in order to save his life. US officials refuse to negotiate.
- China has expelled its first foreign journalist in 13 years, refusing to renew the visa for an Al Jazeera correspondent.
- A Colombian drug lord, Jose Antonio Calle, has surrendered to US agents in Aruba on charges of distributing 25 tons of cocaine.
- Colombian rebel group FARC has confirmed it is holding a French journalist hostage.
- The informal “coalition of ambition” talks on climate change in Brussels reveal the division between EU Member States on how to divide contributions to the Green Climate Fund, established at the UNFCCC COP in Durban last December, after 2012.
- In a speech in Berlin, alongside his Israeli colleague, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called upon Israel and Palestine to reopen negotiations on a two-state solution.
- During talks at the Pentagon, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie agreed to work together to improve cybersecurity.
- A Chinese oil drilling platform will start operations today in the South China Sea, not very far from the disputed Scarborough Shoal.
- Christine Lagarde, the IMF Managing Director, made a case for more flexibility in fiscal consolidation when needed to achieve the right pace to stimulate growth.
- A new round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement starts in Dallas today.
- Two weeks of negotiations at the UN have failed to result in a plan that can be adopted by world leaders in June at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, in Rio.
- Some of the violence in Syria qualifies the ongoing conflict as a civil war, or non-international armed conflict, according to the ICRC.
- Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for the fugitive Vice President of Iraq, Tariq Hashemi on suspicion of guiding and financing terrorist attacks.