Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
- Based on a study released yesterday from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), overconsumption is threatening the earth’s resources and the health of the planet. The full report is here and more from WWF about the report is here.
- The Prosecutor of the ICC has sought new warrants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as well as filed new charges against Bosco Ntaganda, already wanted by the Court (ICC statement).
- In other news of the DRC, the UN reports that villagers in the Bunyiakiri district of the South Kivu province opened fire on UN Peacekeepers, wounding 11 of the troops, two of them critically.
- The West African bloc ECOWAS plans to dispatch troops to Guinea Bissau in the coming days in order to oversee reform of a year-long transition to civilian rule, after the April 12th coup.
- Human Rights Watch has said that NATO has not properly reported civilian deaths in Libya, based on its latest report and urges the organization to provide “suitable compensation” for the families of the victims.
- The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh has indicted an 89-year-old opposition leader for involvement in alleged human rights violations in the 1971 Liberation War.
- Reuters has an exclusive on how Brazil is targeting Argentina with trade licenses, making it more difficult to import certain perishable items, such as apples, raisins, wheat flour and wine.
- At the Bonn climate talks, the EU and the developing countries disagree on the length of the second commitment period, with the EU advocating eight years and the developing countries five, the same as the first commitment period.
- Francois Hollande has been sworn in as the new French President, and will be off on his first foreign visit to Germany in a few hours.
- With Somali support, EU naval forces have carried out raids against pirates’ mainland bases in Somalia to destroy their fast attack boats.
- Iran is reporting that its talks with the IAEA are going well.
- Chevron has suffered a double legal setback in the US in its attempts to avoid payment of the $18 billion judgment for environmental damages in Ecuador.
- The US Supreme Court has declined to take up the appeal of treasure hunters who were forced by lower courts to return $500 million in gold and silver coins recovered in international waters from a Spanish frigate that sank in October 1804 after an encounter with the British Navy.
- Pakistani drone strike victims have filed lawsuits to force their government to act against the strikes through various diplomatic and legal channels.