Weekday News Wrap: June 20, 2012

by An Hertogen

  • The Commander of the UN observers in Syria has given more information on his decision to suspend the mission’s activities until both sides honor the peace plan. The same article also reveals that the Russian ship carrying military helicopters for Assad’s forces returned to Russia after its UK insurer revoked coverage.
  • Tensions have flared up along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip.
  • Wikileaks’ Julian Assange has sought asylum at the Ecuador’s embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex charges.
  • The ICJ has ordered Congo to pay $95000 in damages to Guinea in the case concerning Ahmadou Sadio Diallo.
  • The United States and New Zealand have signed a defence pact.
  • At their meeting in Los Cabos, G-20 leaders have welcomed EU’s recent initiatives to develop a closer fiscal and banking union. The Leaders’ Declaration can be found here.
  • The Rio+20 agreement reached by negotiators to be approved by world leaders is criticized as too weak by various NGOs.
  • Following Mexico’s entry, which we flagged yesterday, Canada has now also joined the TPPA talks.
  • China has defended its rare earths export restrictions as justified by environmental reasons.

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