Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, July 26, 2012
- The UN Security Council has lifted travel bans and asset freezes on 17 Liberians, including at least two of Charles Taylor’s ex-wives.
- A special assembly met in Somalia to set up a new government.
- Using drones for surveillance and then shooting from helicopters, Turkey has killed 15 Kurdish rebels near its border with Iraq.
- EJIL: Talk! has more on the Belgium v. Senegal case, asking whether the Court really ended the dispute between the parties. Regardless of the answer to that question, the AU and Senegal have reported that they will try Habre, the ex-leader of Chad accused of murdering and torturing thousands, in a special tribunal.
- The WTO’s General Council approved guidelines to streamline accession negotiations for least developed countries.
- And in other WTO news, Vanuatu will become the WTO’s 157th member.
- Scotland has announced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, while Ukranian legislation seeks to ban all “homosexual propaganda.”
- The New York Times reports that al-Qaeda is forcing itself into the conflict in Syria.
- Jurist provides more on Venezuela’s exit from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
- The Appeals Chamber for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has issued a decision rejecting the Defense’s request to reconsider the February 16, 2011 ruling, a decision defining terrorism for the first time in international law. The Defense had argued the content of the decision should be revisited. The STL press release is here and the decision is here.
- The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has issued a decision protecting apolitical asylum seekers.
- And for more on the UK and asylum, a first competitor at the Olympics, believed to be from West Africa, has claimed asylum in the UK, and more are expected to follow his example.
- The EU Commissioner for competition, Almunia, has indicated that the settlement being negotiated with Google over alleged abuses of its dominant position by ranking its own businesses higher in search results may include worldwide remedies, given the global nature of the internet.
- Following its annual review of the Chinese economy, the IMF has concluded that the Chinese Yuan is no longer substantially, but only moderately, undervalued against a basket of other currencies.
- Solar wars are heating up as European manufacturers of solar panels have filed a complaint with the European Commission alleging that Chinese producers are dumping their products on the EU market. As mentioned in yesterday’s news wrap this follows hot on the heels of a complaint in China by Chinese producers, which in turn followed the imposition of anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels in the US.