Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assumed responsibility for last month’s deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Commentary on this move from PrawfsBlawg can be found here and Foreign Policy analysis, here.
- The International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia begins trying its last suspect, Goran Hadzic, today. Also on the ICTY docket today, Radovan Karadzic has begun his defense by denying the charges and instead saying he should be rewarded for reducing suffering.
- According to the OIC’s Secretary General, Western opposition has made it impossible for Muslim states to obtain a ban on blasphemy, including anti-Islamic videos and cartoons that have touched off deadly riots.
- British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond have signed an agreement to hold a referendum in 2014 on Scottish independence.
- A day after the allegations from a Human Rights Watch report, Syria has denied using cluster bombs in its on-going civil war.
- President Ricardo Martinelli told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Panama would like to introduce the euro as legal tender alongside the U.S. dollar.
- Mexico has requested WTO consultations with China over alleged subsidies of clothing and textile products.
- The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development reports about a confidential interim report by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body ruling that Ontario’s feed in tariff legislation is discriminatory. The final report, once the parties have had the opportunity to comment, is expected to be issued in November.
- European regulators have called on Google to be more transparent about the way in which it collects data.
- British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged Israel not to resort to military action against Iran, but to let the economic sanctions run their course.
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