Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
- China has dispatched patrol ships after Japan has said it will nationalize two disputed islands in the East China Sea.
- The Afghan Taliban have now denied a report that they would enter into peace talks with authorities.
- Saeed al-Shihri, second-in-command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has been killed, according to Yemini authorities. Foreign Policy has more here.
- The United States has transferred control over Bagram prison to Afghan authorities. Three Afghan security personnel members have been killed in a missile attack on Bagram air base.
- Greek leaders are in “difficult” talks with representatives of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as Greece was asked once again to cut its spending.
- The AMICC blog points to a recent report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that states 70% of Americans support the US’ joining the International Criminal Court.
- A recent video shows approximately 20 Syrian soldiers being summarily executed in the northern city of Aleppo.
- Officials in Muammar Gaddafi’s regime are now on trial in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing case.
- Hungary has charged a near-91-year-old former communist interior minister, Bela Biszku, for war crimes in connection with killing more than 50 people in 1956 who demonstrated against the regime.
- Another prisoner at Guantanamo Bay has been found dead. He was not facing any charges and had not been designated as eligible for prosecution.
- Al Qaeda has confirmed that one of its senior members, Abu Yahya al-Libi, was killed in a drone attack in Pakistan in July.
- France’s richest man, Bernard Arnault, has attracted a storm of critique over his decision to obtain Belgian citizenship, which is seen by many of his critics as a ploy to avoid the 75% supertax that President Francois Hollande plans to impose on incomes over 1 million euros.
- The new UN Envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will travel to Damascus later this week, at a time when Iran is seeking more input in the peace-making process against US and UK opposition.
- The New York Times offers an op-ed that the Bush Administration was warned in advance about the impending threat from al-Qaeda before the attacks of 9/11 but failed to take significant action.