27 Aug Weekday News Wrap: Monday, August 27, 2012
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- In an effort not to stoke tensions any further, Japan’s central government has declined authorization to the Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities to survey the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
- Japan’s territorial tensions with South Korea hinder their bilateral free trade negotiations.
- The EU has called on Gambia to halt executions of death row inmates after Amnesty International reported that 9 were executed last Thursday, and all remaining inmates are scheduled to be executed by mid-September.
- The Taliban has been accused of beheading 17 men and women for having organized a mixed-sex dance party.
- In Syria, rebels have downed a state helicopter over Damascus.
- According to rebel reports, Syrian government forces are indiscriminately “targeting” civilians in the city of Aleppo.
- Iran has opened the Tehran meeting of the non-aligned movement with calls to abolish nuclear weapons.
- According to a congressional report, US arms sales–mostly to Gulf Arab states–have tripled over the last year.
- A jury has awarded Apple $1 billion in damages against Samsung for violation of smartphone and tablet patents.
- Ecuador has said that Britain has taken back its threat to storm Ecuador’s embassy in London amid the recent decision by the South American nation to grant Julian Assange political asylum.
- Britain additionally wants to restart diplomatic talks with the Ecuadorian embassy regarding Assange.