Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
- The ICJ has ruled against Nicaragua in the territorial and maritime dispute it had filed against Colombia, and rejected claims that Colombia violated international law.
- International pressure to reach a ceasefire after six days of conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip is building and there are signs that Israel is open to a diplomatic solution in which Egypt is bound to play a central role.
- President Obama has met his Chinese counterpart arguing for co-operation on to establish rules governing trade and investment.
- The CIA has closed its office studying the national security implications of climate change.
- Germany expects a Turkish request for NATO missiles on the border with Syria.
- Various al-Qaeda linked rebels have rejected the Syrian opposition coalition.
- Tensions are flaring up in the Congo where rebels, using sophisticated equipment allegedly provided by Rwanda, have won ground after clashes over the weekend.
- As peace talks begin in Cuba, Colombian rebels of the FARC have called for a two months’ ceasefire. Colombia’s defence minister has already declared that the army will not honor the unilateral ceasefire.
- Lithuania’s adoption of the euro has been delayed, following the election victory of the anti-austerity party which makes it unlikely that the Baltic state will meet the criteria for participation in the euro.