Weekday News Wrap: Friday, August 10, 2012
- The UK has appointed a senior judge to lead the inquest in the death of Russian ex-spy Litvinenko from polonium poising in 2006 in London.
- Veteran international diplomat, Lakhdar Brahimi, has been tapped as Kofi Annan’s successor as UN-Arab League joint special envoy for Syria.
- In the Syrian conflict, government troops have forced rebels from a key district in the city of Aleppo.
- In response to the PILPG memo featured in our Weekday News Wrap on Wednesday, the New International Law Blog offers an analysis posing the question: Would intervention in Syria violate under international law?
- The Libyan Assembly has picked former opposition leader Mohammed Magarief as its new President.
- The South Korean President has created a diplomatic row with Japan after visiting two disputed island, claimed by both states.
- In light of the recent rise in piracy, the UN has voiced its support for an international summit to discuss maritime security, which will take place before the end of the year.
- The United States has made it clear it does not think that Iran is on the verge of building a nuclear weapon or that Tehran is trying to pursue one.
- Australia’s Navy has rescued 211 asylum seekers off the coast of Indonesia. Those rescued were Sri Lankan, Iranian, Pakistani and Afghani.
- Dutch auto manufacturer Spyker NV has filed a lawsuit against GM in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for $3 billion, alleging that GM deliberately drove Saab (which Spyker purchased from GM in 2010) into bankruptcy with tortuous interference in a transaction with Chinese investors.