Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, August 23, 2012
- Egypt has requested a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.
- Despite the claims put forth by Julian Assange, the US says it has no case against him for which he could potentially be extradited.
- In Guantanamo Bay, tropical storm Isaac has delayed hearings for five detainees charged in the 9/11 attacks.
- The head of the IAEA has said he is “not too optimistic” for breakthroughs on talks with Iran, scheduled to resume tomorrow.
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has decided to attend next week’s summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran, despite pressure from the US not to attend.
- Iran has assumed responsibility for crude oil shipments to enable oil exports to Asia to be resumed after the EU’s sanctions banned insurance on oil tankers from Iran.
- Much to the chagrin of Israel, South Africa has approved “made in Palestine” labels for items imported from the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
- Israel’s Foreign Minister wrote to the Quartet, looking for international support to oust Palestinian President Abbas, although Prime Minister Netanyahu was quick to respond that the letter did not represent an official government position.
- Jurist covers Russia’s admission into the WTO yesterday.
- The African Union and Senegal have reached an agreement about creating a tribunal to try former Chadian president Hissene Habre, accused of war crimes.
- “Foreign fighters” have joined the rebel forces in Syria, some of whom have alleged ties to al-Qaeda.
- In a phone call, President Obama and UK PM Cameron have agreed that the use or threat of chemical weapons in Syria would be unacceptable.
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