Weekday News Wrap: Monday, September 24, 2012
- Leaders of Sudan and South Sudan met late Sunday to discuss borders and oil exports peace negotiations between the two countries have not yet finalized, with a breakthrough in security negotiations not yet reached.
- Syria’s internal opposition met in Damascus amid airstrikes calling for a cessation of hostilities.
- A day after China called off celebrations on the 40th anniversary of Japanese-Chinese relations, it has sent three ships to patrol the waters around the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. Despite protests, experts say that military conflict is not likely between the two countries.
- Apple has sought a sales ban on Samsung products it claims infringe on its patents, along with $707 million in damages.
- Iran has vowed to strike US bases in Qatar, Afghanistan and Bahrain if Israel were to launch an attack.
- Iran has also readied a domestic internet network and blocked sites like Google and GMail in a bid, according to officials, to improve cyber-security, but many Iranians fear this is really a way to curtail their access to the web.
- Foreign Policy offers a post about the recent protests in Catalonia calling for independence from Spain. The EU has said that any breakaway state must apply for entry to the EU, just like any other state.
- In New Zealand, the case against Megaupload’s founder Kim Dotcom, wanted by the US for internet piracy and copyright violations, has possibly been dealt another blow after the Prime Minister ordered an investigation into allegations that the arrests were made possible by the unlawful interception of communications by the Government Communications Security Bureau.
- India is moving ahead with the preparations for its WTO consultations request against the US for the latter’s increase in visa fees for professionals, which India argues is discriminatory against Indian IT firms that want to send employees to the US on short-term contracts.
- The US Senate has approved a bill that allows the US Transport Secretary to stop US airlines from complying with EU rules on participation by international airlines in the EU Emissions Trading System. An amendment provides for an exception in case of an amendment of the EU’s regulation, an international solution or a domestic US system.
- In further air transport news, Boeing has said that the US has now taken all steps necessary to comply with the WTO ruling on aircraft subsidies.
- Siemens has denied Iranian claims that it has hidden explosive devices in nuclear material, adding that it hasn’t traded with Iran since 1979.