Weekday News Wrap: Friday, November 23, 2012
Israel has started withdrawing its ground forces that were standing by to invade Gaza.
- France has hinted that it may support Palestinian efforts to secure non-member state status at the UN.
- Fresh from his success brokering the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, Egyptian President Morsi has granted himself wide-ranging powers and ordered the retrial of ousted President Mubarak
- The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Simone Gbagbo, the wife of Ivory Coast’s former President Laurent Gbagbo, who is already awaiting trial in The Hague.
- The Congolese Army is fighting back against the M23 rebels who took Goma earlier this week.
- Syrian rebels have captured a military base in the oil-rich eastern part of the country, close to the border with Iraq.
- EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss the EU’s budget, with UK PM David Cameron fighting hard to keep the UK rebate.
- The European Parliament has issued a resolution warning against giving the International Telecommunications Union receiving broader powers over the internet.
- The EU Parliament has also moved to close a loophole that currently makes shark-finning possible. The new rules still need Member State approval.