Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, September 6, 2012
- The Liberian Daily Observer has reported that Judge Sow of the Special Court for Sierra Leone has been called by the defense team of Charles Taylor and will testify in his appeal.
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has accused both the government and the rebel forces in Syria of human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law.
- Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, said that Palestine will make a bid this month at the UN General Assembly for an upgraded status to non-member observer state, now that Palestine has secured the support of the Non-Aligned Movement, Arab and Islamic states.
- Poland has given information over to judges from the European Court of Human Rights regarding the investigation into secret prison sites, allegedly used to interrogate and sometimes torture al-Qaeda suspects, operated by the US on Polish soil.
- Human Rights Watch has come out with a report detailing US torture and rendition of opponents of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime (report found here), including using the waterboarding technique on suspects.
- Columbia has named its team for peace talks with the FARC rebels, set to take place in Norway next month, and then in Cuba.
- With all the criticism surrounding the use of drones these days, Foreign Policy presents a piece discussing what’s not wrong with drones.
- In an interview, Russian President Putin has indicated that his stance on Syria remains unchanged. He was also critical of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy, but hopes that a re-election of Barack Obama could bring an end to the missile defence dispute.
- For the second day in a row, Israeli forces have killed three Palestinian militants to prevent terrorist attacks from the Hamas controlled Gaza strip.
- In a major military operation, Turkey has attacked Kurdish positions in South-East Turkey and Northern Iraq.
- Names of candidates for the position of WTO Director-General after Pascal Lamy’s term ends next year are starting to circulate.
- New Zealand has denied refugee status to a man from the Pacific Island of Kiribati whose claims were based on the effect of climate change on his low-lying country of origin.
- The EU has started its biggest anti-dumping investigation into Chinese solar power products.
- South Sudan’s first ambassador to Khartoum has urged for the two states to focus on trade rather than on war.