Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, October 18, 2012
- The US and Israel are set to hold a joint missile exercise later this month, displaying their close cooperation in the face of Iran’s nuclear program development.
- Both Uganda and Rwanda have denied involvement with rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and call recent allegations by the UN “rubbish.”
- Russia has criticized the European Union for the recent sanctions it placed on Iran and called for a fresh round of talks as soon as possible.
- In a rare show of unity, Iran and Turkey have expressed support for a cease-fire in Syria during the Muslim holiday of Id al-Adha, as proposed by Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria.
- The International Criminal Court has pleaded with the UN Security Council for more support to ensure states cooperated with inquiries of the Court, citing problems in Darfur and Libya.
- GIsha, the Israeli NGO advocating for the freedom of movement of Palestinians, has claimed that reports released by the Israeli Defence Ministry under a freedom of information request show that Israel limited food supplies in the Gaza strip during the blockade from 2007-2012, to put pressure on Hamas.
- A visit by several Japanese Ministers to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine has caused anger in China and South Korea.
- At a summit today, European leaders will try to bridge deep differences over plans for a banking union, though the likelihood of decisions being made is low.