03 Aug Weekday News Wrap: Friday, August 3, 2012
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- Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has quit as Syria’s peace envoy after becoming frustrated with “finger-pointing” at the UN while the battle in Syria rages on. IPS offers more context here. China has expressed its regret.
- Meanwhile, a UN resolution on Syria goes to the General Assembly today, criticizing the Security Council for failing to take action and denouncing the use of force on civilians by the Syrian government.
- The UN Security Council did, however, demand and end to foreign support of rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- The small territory of Tokelau is slated to become fully solar powered by September.
- North Korea has asked for UN assistance to deal with the humanitarian impact of severe flooding.
- North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Un has received Chinese visitors and has claimed that its government’s focus is to boost the economy.
- Spanish police have arrested three suspected al-Qaeda members.
- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting South Sudan, where she will be urging its President to resolve its ongoing conflict with Sudan.
- Irani and EU negotiators have agreed to continue nuclear talks.
- Egypt has asked the United States to release the last Egyptian being held at Guantanamo Bay.
- The province of Buenos Aires has passed legislation to ban ships involved in business activities in the Falkland Islands from docking at its ports.