Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, May 24, 2012
- The Taliban has reportedly circulated poison in girls’ classrooms in northern Afghanistan poisoning girls with toxic powder sent through the air shafts, leaving more than 120 students and teachers unconscious.
- Amnesty International launched a stinging accusation in its annual report (available here) at the UN Security Council, accusing the body of “failed leadership” and saying the Council is “tired, out of step, and increasingly unfit for purpose.”
- Nuclear talks between Iran and other nations entered their second day today.
- As we reported yesterday, the Obama administration is pushing for the ratification of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Top US military officials also have urged the ratification. However, as our own Julian Ku highlighted today, the Senate has reportedly decided to wait until after November elections to vote on ratification.
- The US has killed at least 10 in one of its latest drone attacks in northwestern Pakistan.
- Russia has tested a new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile with improved capabilities of potentially overcoming missile defense shields as a warning to the US.
- The US is engaging in a cyber public relations war with al-Qaeda on Yemeni tribal websites.
- The Guardian reports that tension between China and the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal has flared up with the Philippines claiming that China has sent 100 vessels to the disputed area, a move denied by China.
- The Guardian also reports that the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor-elect has given a passionate defense of the ICC as not being biased against Africa.
- A US Federal Appeals Court has clarified the legal definition of piracy.
- The EU summit on the eurozone ended with a warning to Greece that it must stick to the bailout plans outlined by other member states if it wants to stay part of the Euro. EU senior officials urged member states to develop a contingency plan if Greece decides to exit; Foreign Policy opines why a Grexit should not be feared.
- In investment treaty news, Bolivia has terminated its Bilateral Investment Treaty with the United States, while International Law Grrls covers the context of China, South Korea and Japan’s recent entry into a Trilateral Investment Treaty.