Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
- Syrian forces have intensified their attacks on the crucial Aleppo, while rebel fighters say that they are holding firm in the city they expect will become the “regime’s grave.”
- Russian president Vladimir Putin has ratified a stricter adoption agreement with the US, wherein foreign adoptions will be subject to tighter restrictions and families wanting to adopt will be vetted more thoroughly.
- An unwed couple in northern Mali was publicly stoned to death, the first reported Sharia killing since the occupation.
- Indonesia has challenged the European Union over anti-dumping duties at the WTO.
- Tanzania has asked Malawi to halt oil and gas exploration in the disputed Lake Malawi until a border dispute between the two countries is resolved.
- The South African Constitutional Court has denied extradition of two individuals to Botswana as they might face the death penalty.
- And speaking of extradition, Julian Assange’s mother claims that the US is bent on extraditing him from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he awaits a decision on asylum.
- In more extradition news, Slovakia is seeking extradition of the 97-year-old Hungarian man arrested in Budapest for alleged ties to helping deport thousands of Jews during the Second World War.
- Yesterday, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon confirmed its own jurisdiction over the case involving the death of former Lebanon Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, leading to a trial in absentia of four accused.
- Japan has flagged China’s military influence on its foreign policy as potentially dangerous in its annual defense white paper.
- Mark Harmon, of the United States, has been named the newest International Co-Investigative Judge at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia after spending 17 years prosecuting at the International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia.
- Starting today, the US is hosting a two day meeting of 17 states opposed to the inclusion of aviation in the EU ETS in an effort to find a global solution. The US Chamber of Commerce and Airlines for America want the US administration to take a stronger stance. Aviation Law Prof Blog has more.
- China is irked by the US State Department’s annual report on religious freedom around the world.
- Australia, New Zealand and Fiji have decided to restore diplomatic relations which were suspended since 2009.
- A UN Human Rights Envoy is visiting Western Myanmar to investigate recent ethnic clashes.