Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
- A WTO Arbitrator has ruled that the reasonable period of time for the US to comply with the requirements in the US-COOL decision expires 10 months from the day the Panel and Appellate Body reports were adopted.
- Angry crowds surrounded the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt, to protest President Morsi’s recent decision to extend his own power, causing the President to leave the palace overnight.
- The US Navy is denying Iranian reports that a US drone was captured.
- NATO Members have agreed to install Patriot missiles along the Turkey-Syria border to protect Turkey against a Syrian attack. Additionally, NATO has warned Syria against using chemical weapons, with an immediate international response as the consequence.
- The Guardian is reporting that the former spokesman of the Syrian foreign affairs ministry has defected and is on his way to the US.
- Mali’s government has agreed to holding peace talks with two separatist rebel groups.
- The European Union is mulling a collective response to Israel’s planned expansion of settlements into the West Bank, while Germany’s Angela Merkel is nonplussed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans and will discuss it with him today during his visit to Berlin.
- Recently acquitted at the ICTY, Ramush Haradinaj has made his plans to reclaim his job as Kosovo’s prime minister known, a move likely to anger Serbia.
- In other ICTY news, the Court has confirmed the life sentence of Milan Lukic, convicted of war crimes including the Pionirska Street massacre, where he barricaded some 70 civilians in a house before setting it ablaze during the conflict in the Former Yugoslavia.