Weekday News Wrap: June 27, 2012
- As a second boat of refugees in less than a week sinks on its way from Indonesia to Australia’s Christmas Island, Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard wants to revive an earlier plan to have refugees processed in Malaysia in exchange for the acceptance of genuine refugees.
- Syria’s President Assad has claimed that his country is in a state of war.
- Notwithstanding the recent wave of defections, US intelligence reveals that Assad’s inner circle is still intact.
- Senior UN diplomats are convening a meeting of world leaders on Syria for this Saturday in Geneva.
- A report by a delegation of prominent UK lawyers has criticized Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children as violating international law.
- French President François Hollande has assured Aung San Suu Kyi during her visit to Paris that France will support Myanmar’s political transition to a democracy.
- According to the Washington Post and AFP, UN experts have concluded in a confidential report that Rwanda has been supporting rebels in Eastern Congo and has violated UN Security Council Resolutions imposing an arms embargo on rebels in the region.
- Israeli defence officials are confident that the election of Mohamed Morsi as Egyptian President will not lead to changes to the peace treaty between the two states.
- The US Court of Appeals in Washington has upheld the EPA’s rules on climate change.