Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
- In a roundup of some of the big news coming out of the US elections, President Barack Obama was elected to serve a second term, the Republicans have kept control of the House of Representatives and the Democrats still control the Senate, Maine and Maryland have legalized same-sex marriage and Washington state and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana for all uses.The world markets react to the news of Obama’s reelection.
- Same-sex marriage legislation, which included the right to adoption, has been upheld by the Spanish constitutional court.
- Senior members of Israel’s cabinet discussed punitive steps that they could take against Palestinians if they pursue a campaign to upgrade their status to “observer state” at the United Nations.
- In other news of regions pushing for more recognition, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has dismissed Catalan’s drive for independence.
- Military experts from Africa, the UN and Europe have drafted plans to recapture northern Mali, with some 4,000 personnel—mainly from West African countries—involved.
- Iran said it would take part in a proposed international conference in December on creating a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East.
- David Cameron, the British prime minister, has said he will support granting President Bashar al-Assad a safe passage out of Syria to help end the civil war. Britain will also take steps to help the various opposition forces unite in their battle against al-Assad.
- Bloomberg discusses the legacy of outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao.
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