Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
- Syrian government forces shelled a rebel stronghold in Damascus today killing four and wounding dozens. Foreign Policy points out that Syria is more violent than Iraq was at its worst.
- Darfur rebels have killed at least 11 in an attack on a market and a mine in North Darfur.
- Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army rebels ambushed an army convoy in the Central African Republic, killing one and injuring at least six.
- The Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, has submitted her three short-listed candidates for the position of Deputy Prosecutor. They include Paul Ruteledge (Australia), Reija Toivionen (Finland) and James Stewart (Canada).
- More than a million people have gathered on the streets of Barcelona to press for Catalonian independence from the rest of Spain.
- According to British Foreign Secretary William Hague, European Union states are working on new sanctions against Iran.
- Reuters reports US President Barack Obama won’t be meeting with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu in the latter’s visit to the US later this month. The White House has denied reports that it rejected a request for a meeting. Perhaps Foreign Policy’s piece helps explain why Obama might be a little cold on a meeting.
- A Libyan judge has suspended the trial of Buzeid Dorda, a top intelligence officer in Gaddafi’s regime, after an appeal of unconstitutionality was entered by the defense.
- The UN has calculated that the Taliban raked in more than $400 million from various sources last year.
- US missions in Cairo and Benghazi were attacked yesterday, resulting in the loss of at least one State Department official, after protests broke out regarding a film allegedly offensive to Islam.
- Another tool to claim sovereignty? China is now issuing weather forecasts for the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
- The European Stability Mechanism survived the constitutionality challenge before the German Constitutional Court. European Commission President, Barosso, has proposed a closer banking union for the eurozone and the wider EU, although Germany and the UK are reportedly apprehensive about the plans.
- ASIL has published an Insight (.pdf) about the recent ICJ decision in Belgium v. Senegal.
- EJIL:Talk! has a post featuring an analysis about diplomatic asylum for Julian Assange from Professor Kai Ambos.