Weekday News Wrap: Friday, September 28, 2012
- According to a Kenyan military spokesman, Kenyan forces have captured the Somali port city of Kismayo, a bastion for Al-Shabbab fighters.
- At the UN General Assembly, China’s foreign minister accused Japan of stealing the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
- Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has said he will seek a vote on an upgraded status for Palestine to non-member state, like The Vatican, from the UN General Assembly.
- At the UN, Tunisia’s President has called for the creation of an International Constitutional Court with the power to declare domestic laws unconstitutional when they do not comply with international law, and to recommend constitutional revisions. But, with China once again expressing its commitment to a strict principle of non-interference in internal affairs, the idea of a new ICC is likely to be short-lived.
- In a rare appearance, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl made a plea for European unity in the face of adversity surrounding the Euro currency and other recent issues.
- A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that three Congolese who testified as witnesses at the International Criminal Court against Germain Katanga can seek asylum in The Netherlands.
- On a visit to Brazil, British PM David Cameron is pushing an anti-protectionist message and called for an expansion in bilateral trade between the two nations.
- Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe is intending to have a referendum on a new constitution as early as November, even though no draft has yet been agreed with the opposition, and parliamentary elections in March 2013.