Weekday News Wrap: Monday, July 30, 2012
- Participants from around the world failed to agree on a UN arms-trade treaty last Friday, eliciting disappointment from Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
- Foreign Policy has a post on Friday’s decision of the US to back away from supporting the Arms Trade Treaty.
- The landmark intellectual property case between global leaders in smartphone technology, Apple and Samsung, is slated to begin. Apple is demanding $2.5 billion in damages.
- Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has called for an investigation into the violence allegedly targeting Muslims in a region in Burma last month.
- Germany has become the latest country to suspend aid to Rwanda, over allegations that it is supporting M23 rebels fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
- When faced with the aid cuts, rather than dispute the allegations about rebel support, Rwanda’s foreign minister demanded respect from Western countries, stating: “this child-to-parent relationship has to end.”
- The president of the DRC, Joseph Kabila, has added that the support offered by Rwanda to M23 rebels is an open secret.
- Just one day after Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States called again for the end of drone strikes, seven people were killed in a drone strike in Northern Waziristan.
- The Los Angeles Times offers an editorial about targeted killing.
- Israeli troops have killed a Palestinian and wounded two others after opening fire on a car at a checkpoint near Occupied Jerusalem.
- The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict called again for the transfer of Omar Khadr from Guantanamo Bay to his home country of Canada.
- A rights group has filed a lawsuit for more information about Osama bin Laden’s funeral arrangements last year after he was gunned down in his home by US special forces.
- At the start of his tour of the Middle East, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has argued that Assad’s offence on Aleppo is the “nail in the coffin” for his regime.
- The ECB, and the euro rescue zone are said to act soon to save the euro.
- To stay in the spirit of the Olympics, Foreign Policy has a post on ‘geolympics,’ the most politically charged moments in Olympic history.