Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, October 11, 2012
- Royal Dutch Shell Plc., faces a lawsuit today in a district court in The Hague that seeks to make Shell and other corporations responsible for pollution resulting from three oil spills in 2004, 2005 and 2007 in the Niger Delta.
- Russia has said it will not renew the expiring 1991 arms agreement with the US requiring the dismantaling of nuclear and chemical weapons, as it does not satisfy Russian interests in light of new realities, according to Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister.
- Scrambling fighter planes, Turkey forced a Syrian passenger jet to land and seized suspected military equipment being shipped from Russia to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
- Syria has rejected UN calls for a unilateral truce, saying the rebel forces must stop the violence first.
- Africa is facing an intensified food crisis affecting 75% of the countries on the African continent as well as many Arab countries in the Middle East.
- Rebels in northern Mali are abusing human rights, especially those of women and children, according to U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic after a visit to the country.
- A Moscow court has released one member of the Pussy Riot punk band and confirmed the two year sentence of the other two band members.
- China has demanded a repeal of US tariffs on Chinese solar panels, imposed in response to alleged illegal subsidies to Chinese producers.