Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
- Israel has approved 1200 additional settlement units around Jerusalem, and with the election looming in less than a month, pressure is reportedly building on PM Netanyahu to drop the two state solution.
- Turkey is hopeful that progress will be made on its EU membership negotiations during the Ireland’s turn at the helm of the Union in the first six months of 2013.
- The new Egyptian Constitution was approved by 64% of votes cast, but only 33% of voters turned out.
- Shinzo Abe has been voted in by MPs as the new Japanese PM.
- Eight children were among the 20 dead in a northern Syrian province after attacks.
- The Russian Parliament has unanimously approved a ban on Americans adopting Russian children in retaliation for a US law punishing human rights violations.
- The United States formally proposed a controversial sale of advanced spy drones to help South Korea bear more of its defense from any attack by the heavily armed North.
- Rebels in Central African Republic have advanced on the town of Kaga-Bangoro, moving them closer to the capital.
- The Washington Post has an article about the difficulties in determining civilian casualties in Yemen.