Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
- Yesterday, in its second decision to date, the International Criminal Court acquitted Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui of the seven counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity he faced related to the conflict about ten years ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, due to lack of evidence.
- In the face of criticism from many on the acquittal of Ngudjolo, Foreign Policy asks whether we should expect the ICC to always deliver convictions.
- And in more recent conflict news about the DRC, the U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo found that 126 women were raped in an eastern town after Congolese troops fled there last month as rebels advanced on the provincial capital of Goma.
- The US has imposed financial sanctions on two leaders of the M23 rebels in eastern Congo.
- Israeli officials said they would press on with plans this week to build 6,000 homes for settlers on land claimed by Palestinians, defying criticism from Western powers who fear the move will damage already faint hopes for a peace accord.
- More than 1,000 Palestinian refugees living in Syria have crossed into Lebanon in the past 24 hours, after Syrian rebels took control of a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus.
- A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday denied (.pdf) a request by Apple to permanently enjoin sales of Samsung smartphones.
- After doing so for the judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the UN Security Council approved a resolution extending the terms of 21 judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
- The US State Department has released the report (.pdf) of an internal examination into what went wrong during the September 11, 2012 attacks on the US Consulate in Benghazi.
- Six health workers administering polio vaccines in Pakistan have been killed this week by the Taliban.
- A US Court has issued an injunction ordering Sea Shepherd to stay at least 450m away from the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean.