Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
- The head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amono, has said that a deal with Iran is very close ahead of talks in Baghdad with the UK, the US, France, Russia, China and Germany.
- The junta that toppled the government six weeks ago in Guinea Bissau has reportedly handed back the government control to civilians.
- US President Barack Obama’s administration pushes for ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
- South Sudan is claiming that Sudan has bombed and shelled its territory ahead of peace-talks between the two nations scheduled for next week.
- In Libya news, Tunisia is set to extradite former minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi to Libya in the coming weeks and the former chief of intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi is set to be tried in Mauritania for illegally entering the country; a trial in Mauritania will delay attempts to prosecute him for international crimes, either before the ICC or in Libya.
- The European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in Scoppola v. Italy, a case in which the Court decided that member states have the ability to decide if prisoners retain the right to vote. More context can be found at EJIL Talk.
- Human Rights Watch reports that Saudi Arabia is the only participating country of the 2012 Olympics that has not yet affirmed whether women will be allowed to participate in the games.
- Egypt is electing a new President today.
- As was the case a few years ago, there is once again a diplomatic dimension to the Eurovision Song Contest with Iran recalling its ambassador from Azerbaijan over claims that the organizers of the contest in Baku are including a “gay parade.”
- The BBC reports that a US drone attack has killed four in Pakistan.
- Australia’s Health Secretary mentioned during WHO talks that the tobacco industry is funding the WTO complaints by Ukraine and Honduras against Australia’s plain packaging laws due to come into effect in October.