Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
- Abu Hamza al-Masri has pleaded not guilty in a US federal court, after recently being extradited by Britain.
- A US drone attack has killed five in Northwest Pakistan, close to the border with Afghanistan.
- Xinhua reports that Japan has shown signs of a willingness to compromise and is planning to acknowledge China’s claims on the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands without however giving up on its own position. Nevertheless, the Chinese Central Bank Governor will not be leading the Chinese delegation to the IMF Meeting in Tokyo in a move that is seen as a snub to Japan.
- After the release of the US Congressional report on Huawei and ZTE, Canada has decided to invoke the national security exception in various international trade agreements so as to exclude both Chinese companies from participation in the construction of a secure government communications network. Things are looking a bit less bleak for the two companies in the EU, where the Commission isholding off on a anti-subsidy and anti-dumping inquiry into Huawei and ZTE, partly because the European competitors have not filed a complaint, but also because there is no consensus amongst EU Member States to carry out an inquiry without a complaint.
- In Moscow, the appeal has started in the Pussy Riot case. Meanwhile, the European Parliament has included the punk band on its list of finalists for the annual Sakharov human rights prize.
- Scotland will hold an independence referendum in 2014, according to a British government minister, whereas Spain’s parliament voted yesterday to block Catalonia’s bid for sovereignty.
- Russia has signed a $4.2 billion arms deal with Iraq, making it the largest arms provider to the Middle East after the United States.
- Libyan government lawyers promised yesterday at a hearing at the ICC that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will get a fair trial in Libya.