Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
- Ansar Dine, an al-Qaeda linked group, has destroyed more shrines at a mosque in Timbuktu, Mali, and vowed to continue destroying UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Foreign Policy discusses the issue further here and offers a slideshow of images of the wreckage here.
- Saudi Arabia has now made it official: it will not be sending female athletes to compete in this year’s Olympic Games in London. Human Rights Watch thinks that this reversal should lead to a ban on all participation of the nation. In other Olympics news, Kosovo will not be allowed to participate after the IOC rejected their bid, stating that they are not recognized by the international community.
- Russian lawmakers have ratified the nation’s entry into the WTO.
- Japan has launched a protest with China against the entry of Chinese patrol ships near disputed islands in the East China Sea.
- Kofi Annan has said that Iran must be a player in the peace talks with Syria.
- Russian marines have been dispatched to the Mediterranean in order to reach and maintain the Syrian port of Tartus.
- Human Rights Watch has called on the African Union to support international justice during its summit meeting taking place July 9-16, urging cooperation with the ICC especially on arresting ICC suspect (and Sudan’s President) Omar al-Bashir.
- UN troops will be sent to help Democratic Republic of the Congo troops protect Goma.
- Esquire’s Politics Blog offers a piece criticizing the Obama administration for targeting and killing 16-year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki in Yemen approximately two weeks after the US killed his father, Anwar al-Awlaki, also by drone strike.
- Though we covered it in yesterday’s News Wrap and Kevin Jon Heller blogged about it here, more information and links can be found from Jurist on the ICC’s 14-year sentence of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo.