Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
- Syrian forces first surrounded a Palestinian camp in Damascus before then taking full control of it, a day after air raids killed at least 8 who were seeking shelter there inside a mosque.
- Israel has approved 1,500 more settlement homes in East Jerusalem, prompting Palestinians to say they may seek a UN Security Council meeting on the issue.
- The US Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss (.pdf) a lawsuit (.pdf) challenging the US government’s targeted killing of three US citizens via drone strikes.
- The U.N. Security Council extended the work of the judges of the ICTY, but Russia abstained from the vote because it said the resolution did not address inefficiencies of the court.
- Amnesty International condemned what it called “widespread and endemic” exploitation of migrant workers in Italy and urged the government to overhaul its immigration policies.
- The United States will “increase pressure” on North Korea, following the latter’s recent long-range rocket launch.
- A way must be found to end the deadlock with major powers over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Iran’s foreign minister and reported by an Iranian news agency.
- Ghana has nominated its former Trade Minister Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen for the post of WTO Director-General, to succeed Pascal Lamy from September 2013.
- After Honduras and Ukraine, the Dominican Republic has filed a request to establish a WTO Dispute Settlement Panel over Australia’s plain packaging legislation for tobacco products. Meanwhile, the European Commission’s draft proposals on tobacco regulation do not provide for plain packaging, but leave the option open to individual member states.
- British PM David Cameron has admitted that a withdrawal from the EU is “imaginable,” although it is not his position that this would be advisable.