Weekday News Wrap: Friday, October 5, 2012
- Russia is considering offering Western companies oil licenses in its Arctic waters.
- Reuters has an exclusive that the European Union is ready to ban imports of Iranian gas as a part of new sanctions in order to increase the pressure over the nuclear program in the Islamic Republic.
- A UN representative has told the Security Council there is little time to deal with rebels in the north of Mali and international assistance is needed.
- The European Union and several banks will stage a DDoS cyber-attack exercise in order to find ways to improve cooperation.
- Jim Yong Kim, the head of the World Bank, has said that he is prepared to make broad reforms and that he will outline changes to come at next week’s summit in Tokyo.
- Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame has staunchly denied any Rwandan government involvement in supporting rebels across the border in the Congo and said Western countries accusing Rwanda of doing so were “dead wrong.”
- After starting peace talks on October 15 in Oslo, members of FARC and the government of Colombia will hold a joint press conference on October 17 as the two sides attempt to end a five-decades-long conflict.
- The ECHR Blog points to a new tutorial from the European Court of Human Rights about using the revamped HUDOC database.