Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, September 27, 2012
- Japan has promised that it will not compromise on the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, calling them an integral part to the country’s territory. It did not take very long for China to react.
- The High Court of England and Wales issued an injunction against the extradition to the United States of Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and Saudi-born Khaled al-Fawwaz despite a recent ruling from the European Court of Human Rights approving their extradition.
- UN members seemed deeply divided yesterday on what to do about the worsening conflict in Mali, with some urging military intervention and others requiring an elected government before taking the next step.
- Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has stated he hopes for a peace agreement with the FARC rebels by 2013.
- Also at the UN General Assembly meeting yesterday, many members questioned the efficacy of the US-led war on drugs and urged a renewed global debate about anti-narcotics laws.
- The president of Yemen, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, offered dialogue to militant Islamist groups including al-Qaeda conditioned upon putting down their weapons and ceasing to accept support from abroad.
- Norway has begun its first trial involving a suspect accused of involvement in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
- Sudan and South Sudan will sign a “protocol of collaboration”, but it does not completely settle all disputes between them and does not demarcate their borders.
- Equatorial Guinea has asked the ICJ for an order against France over the latter’s investigation of embezzlement by the African state’s second vice-President, the son of the current President.