Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
- French authorities have opened up a murder inquiry into the death of Yasser Arafat in 2004 at a Paris hospital, following allegations earlier this year that he may have died of polonium poisoning.
- India’s Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani national convicted for the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.
- A Pakistani newspaper has reported that Al Qaeda recruited two Somali students of Dutch nationality while in Karachi, to carry out terrorist attacks in The Hague.
- Local New Zealand media are reporting that current trade minister Tim Groser is eyeing the top WTO job of Director-General.
- Senegal’s President has summoned the Gambian ambassador over a string of executions last week that included two Senegalese.
- Egyptian President Morsi is visiting China in an effort to strengthen ties between the two economies.
- Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman said yesterday that he would like the Egyptian resident to also visit Israel, in order to back up his reassuring words about peace between the two countries.
- The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has asked for an immediate investigation into the deaths of more than 200 civilians in Daraya, Syria.
- The exodus of hundreds of thousands of refugees in Syria to bordering countries has increased pressure for a buffer zone inside of Syria. Human Rights Watch encourages neighboring countries to keep their borders open for the refugees.