Weekday News Wrap: Monday, May 14, 2012
- In honor of Mother’s Day yesterday, Foreign Policy offers some insight into the top countries who score the best on Save The Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report.
- The Dalai Lama told Britain’s The Telegraph he was warned that China may have tried to kill him, in a plot involving two Tibetan females with poison in their hair and on their clothes.
- The trial for the former Bosnian Serb army chief, Ratko Mladic, begins this week at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague (ICTY case information sheet here). He is faced with charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
- American drones have allegedly killed 10 militants in Yemen, in a stepped-up effort to get a strangle hold on AQAP. Foreign Policy explores some of the potential dangers in for this move.
- Through an exchange of letters, Israel and Palestine have made a rare joint statement that both parties are “committed to peace.”
- Various subgroups of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol are meeting in Bonn from today for further negotiations on the future climate change regime. The International Institute for Sustainable Development has an overview of the issues they will discuss and on the negotiations’ history.
- China, Japan and South Korea have agreed to start negotiations on a free trade agreement, which could become one of the largest free trade zones in size.
- The US has asked the WTO to set up a dispute settlement panel to rule on the compatibility of India’s import restrictions on US poultry.
- EU forces have set an Iranian fishing vessel free from Somali pirates near the coast of Somalia.
- The US military is under fire for an “anti-Islam class,” allegedly encouraging war on Islam.
- Following President Obama’s announcement last week that he supports legalizing gay marriage, The Washington Post points to reactions from around the world.
- China denies war preparations over the tensions in the South China Sea.
- The EU and US have welcomed parliamentary elections in Algeria.
- Foreign Policy In Focus calles labor trafficking the modern-day equivalent of slavery.
- Ugandan troops have captured a high ranking member of the LRA, Caesar Achellam, perhaps bringing them one step closer to capturing LRA leader Joseph Kony.
- A federal appeals court has revived the case on factual grounds against two Abu Ghraib contractors, once dismissed on the basis that they had immunity as government contractors.
- A rights group in Malaysia has found former US President George W. Bush and seven others from his administration guilty of war crimes in a symbolic trial.