Weekday News Wrap: June 26, 2012
- As NATO meets over the downing of Turkey’s jet by Syria, Turkey has also written to the UN Security Council that the attack is a “serious threat to peace and security”. The EU foreign ministers have urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its responses. Meanwhile, Syria has allegedly shot at a second Turkish jet.
- In an interview, the Director-General of MI5 has revealed that the UK has faced 11 credible terrorist threats since 2001, and that the terror threat has been widening since the Arab Spring.
- Rwanda’s foreign minister has denied claims that Rwanda is supporting rebels in eastern Congo.
- Human Rights Watch has published a report on the situation of Kachin refugees from Myanmar that have settled in China. It also documented instances where refugees were refused at the border or sent back to Myanmar.
- Korea and Colombia have concluded negotiations on a free trade agreement. Subject to ratification, it is expected to enter into force in the first half of 2013.
- Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, is visiting South America, where he has expressed interest in a free trade deal between China and Mercosur.
- China has rejected claims by the EU that it is illegally subsidising its telecom manufacturers Huawei and ZTE.
- The WTO has agreed to investigate Indian restrictions on US poultry and eggs imports.