Weekday News Wrap: Monday, July 16, 2012
- The sudden announcement that North Korea’s military chief was relieved of his duties for health reasons has spurred rumors about a possible power struggle.
- Cambodia and Thailand have announced that they will redeploy some of the troops stationed at the Preah Vihar temple from Wednesday onwards, to comply with last year’s order of the ICJ.
- Maritime disputes between China and Japan and China and the Philippines continue. Foreign Policy points out that China was caught red-handed with a naval frigate that had run aground Friday.
- The highest profile diplomatic defector so far has called for foreign military intervention in Syria amid the continued conflict and the fiercest fighting yet reported in Damascus.
- The International Committee of the Red Cross has labeled the Syrian conflict a non-international armed conflict (civil war) within the country, triggering the application of international humanitarian law ; previously, the conflict zones were restricted to just a few areas. Lawfare blog has some preliminary analysis of what implications this label might carry and IntLawGrrls also offers information about prosecuting war crimes in the country, even before the conflict was classified as a NIAC.
- Iran has renewed its threats to close the Strait of Hormuz. The United Arab Emirates has started work on an overland pipeline to bypass the Strait, were Iran to make good on its threats.
- Tuaregs in Mali have halted their bid to secede into an independent state after forces lost control of the north, though they still desire economic and political independence.
- South African Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was elected as the first female head of the African Union Commission.
- Saudi Arabia is considering the passage of a law criminalizing insults on Islam, including in social media.