Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
- Libya will challenge the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in order to try him on Libyan soil. Mark Kersten at Justice in Conflict has more analysis about the battle of where the trial will be held.
- Police in Sierra Leone have arrested an investigator employed by former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s defense team on charges he attempted to bribe prosecution witnesses to recant their testimony during Taylor’s war crimes trial.
- Nigerian soldiers have shot more than 30 civilians dead in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri (the spiritual home of Boko Haram, an organization motivated by the desire to form an Islamic state) after a colleague was killed.
- The IMF has warned that the global economy could get worse amid the continuing euro crisis and a slowdown in emerging markets.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Greece this week, but a red carpet welcome is not in the cards.
- A US Congressional Panel has argued that Chinese telecoms firms Huawei and ZTE pose a threat to US national security and should not be allowed to get involved in mergers and acquisitions in the US. A Bloomberg editorial condemns the report as lacking evidence and smacking of protectionism.
- British PM David Cameron has indicated a willingness to take a backseat in the EU to allow closer cooperation between the eurozone members.