Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
- Syrian rebel forces clash with government troops near the Turkish border as UN envoy says the Syrian crisis is worsening.
- According to diplomats, Sudan and South Sudan have made progress on reaching a border deal.
- Iraq has re-opened its border to refugees from Syria, but is excluding young men from entry for security reasons.
- The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday that UK provisions about indefinite detention could result in arbitrary detention in the case of James, Wells and Lee v. UK (.pdf).
- The US State Department announced yesterday that it is shutting its USAID office in Russia, an office that has been open since the fall of the Soviet Union and which has pumped approximately $2.7 billion into the country, likely part of a larger crackdown on foreign-funded NGOs in Russia.
- Lieber Code offers a post about the on-going saga of the Charles Taylor trial and the role of alternate judges in international tribunals.
- If you’re wondering whether Interpol has to help Egypt carry out its recent arrest warrant against Pastor Terry Jones, the promotor of the anti-Islam film blamed for much of the protesting sweeping across the Middle East this past week, Foreign Policy analyzes this question.
- Eleven EU foreign ministers have issued a blueprint for a closer union, particularly on economic and monetary affairs.
- In Beijing, US Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, has met Xi Jinping, the expected next party chief who has been out of the public eye for the past two weeks, to discuss closer ties between the US and China.
- On her visit to the US, during which she will receive a Congressional Gold Medal, Aung San Suu Kyi has urged for an end of US sanctions against Myanmar.
- The IMF’s Executive Board has issued an ultimatum to Argentina to clarify its economic data, which could lead to a censure, a procedure never used in IMF history.
- Although tensions remain high, the Chinese authorities are trying to suppress anti-Japanese protests.