Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday November 21, 2012
- US Secretary of State Clinton has arrived in Israel to assist in the negotiation of a truce with Hamas.
- The UK has recognized the Syrian opposition coalition, but the US has adopted a wait-and-see approach.
- Polish authorities have arrested two men allegedly planning to bomb Parliament.
- Shortly before the fourth anniversary of the Mumbai attacks, India has executed the only militant surviving the attacks.
- The UN Security Council has condemned the rebels’ seizure of Goma in Eastern Congo.
- Al-Unood al-Senussi, a daughter of Libya’s former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi, has been on trial in Tripoli after allegedly entering the country on a false passport.
- Negotiations on two new trade pacts between Asia-Pacific states have been launched, with Japan, China and South Korea starting talks on a free trade agreement and the ASEAN states starting negotiations with China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand on a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
- Australia has rejected Honduras’ first request to establish a WTO dispute panel to decide on the WTO compatibility of Australia’s plain packaging legislation for tobacco products.
- China is poised to ask for a WTO Panel to rule on countervailing duties imposed by the US on a range of Chinese products.
- In a report, the World Meteorological Organization has revealed that atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations reached a new record high in 2011.
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the decision by Belize and Guatemala to organize simultaneous referenda in October 2013 on the question to refer their territorial dispute to the ICJ.