12 Dec Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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- Following the EU’s example yesterday, the US has recognized Syria’s opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and many more world powers are poised to do the same at the “Friends of the Syrian People” conference opens today in Morocco.
- Human Rights Watch has a report of the Syrian government using incendiary bombs on at least four occasions since mid-November in civilian areas.
- North Korea has successfully launched a rocket. The UN Secretary-General has condemned the test.
- The US has defended its low-key approach to the situation in Eastern Congo.
- The US Trade Representative has indicated that the US will focus on negotiating regional rather than bilateral trade agreements during President Obama’s second term of office.
- To protest against having its emissions capped at the levels during the height of the financial crisis, Belarus is considering withdrawing from the freshly extended Kyoto Protocol. Ukraine and Kazakhstan may follow suit.
- Iran expressed readiness in addressing IAEA inspectors’ concerns but still insists on retaining the “right” to enrich uranium.
- Russia must test imports of U.S. and Canadian beef and pork on grounds of safety, not politics, rejecting concerns the new demands, which could affect U.S. sales of $500 million, are in response to a U.S. human rights bill.
- Israel will withhold Palestinian tax revenues at least until March in order to pay off debts to utility companies, according to Israel’s foreign minister.
- The United States and the Philippines have agreed to an increased US presence with more aircraft, military ships and troops rotating through the Philippines.
- Eric Posner has a post at Slate claiming that despite what Jeh Johnson said in his recent speech, the war on terror will be ever with us.