Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, August 1, 2012
- Fighting rages on in Syria’s Aleppo, trapping many citizens inside the embattled city. The tens of thousands who have managed to escape have become refugees, many struggling to find shelter and food.
- Libya’s Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is seeking a trial in The Hague at the ICC, rather than in Lybia. His lawyers say a fair trial in his home country is impossible.
- Foreign Policy outlines how the Taliban financially benefits from the reopening of NATO supply routes between Afghanistan and Pakistan; estimates from 2010 show $360 million falling into the hands of Taliban due to mismanagement, theft and bribery.
- Reuters offers an analysis about how the riff in the South China Sea has caused problems with ASEAN countries in trying to create a European Union-like economic community by 2015.
- The ongoing South China Seas disputes have brought the Philippines to conclude defense pacts with Australia and Japan.
- Human Rights Watch released a scathing report entitled: “The Government Could Have Stopped This” about institutional abuse by the government outlining instances of killings, rapes and mass arrests Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has urged its 57 member states and the Muslim community around the world to give assistance in the form of political, financial and humanitarian aid.
- US president, Barack Obama, has announced new sanctions against foreign banks helping Iran to sell its oil.
- An Algerian general, alleged to have taken part in the “Dirty War” of the early 1990s, will likely face war crimes charges in a trial in Switzerland.
- Twenty-two Kurdish militants (PKK) were killed in eastern Turkey over the last three days.
- US Secretary of State Clinton is starting a 10-day, 7-nations tour of Africa today in a move which is seen by many as an attempt to counter growing Chinese influence in the region.