Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
- As Ken already pointed out in his post, the UN General Assembly meeting officially opens today in New York.
- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi have met in New York to improve US-Egypt relations and to discuss embassy security following the riots after the controversial anti-Islam video.
- It’s getting busy around the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, with Taiwanese fishermen and the Coast Guard briefly entering the 12 nautical mile zone around the islands, before being chased away by the Japanese Coast Guard’s water cannons.
- After three years of waiting, Canada will ask the WTO to establish a Panel to examine the 2009 EU ban on trade in seal products.
- A federal court in Australia has found Lehman Brothers liable for damages in a class-action lawsuit relation to the sale of mortgage-backed securities, launched by a collective of non-profits that had invested based on the incorrect AAA-rating of the investment products.
- The UK and Canada have concluded an agreement to share embassy facilities abroad. The move creates questions about the UK’s commitment to the EU’s efforts on an External Action Service.
- Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, said Israel should consider a unilateral pullback from Gaza even if peace negotiations are out of reach, a standpoint quickly shot down by President Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Germany seeks the extradition of an 87-year-old man living in Philadelphia for his alleged involvement as an SS officer at Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War.
- The European Court of Human Rights has rejected UK-based Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri’s appeal to stop his extradition to the United States.
- In light of the removal of MEK from the United States’ list of foreign terrorist organizations, Foreign Policy offers some clarification on when a terrorist no longer is a terrorist.
- The United Nations has launched an online platform that will allow countries to share their post-conflict transition experiences, and learn from policies and peacebuilding strategies put in place by nations who have undergone similar changes.
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