Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, December 27, 2012
- The Commander of Syria’s Military Policy has announced his defection from the regime over YouTube. Meanwhile, Special Envoy Brahimi will travel to Russia on Saturday for talks on the situation in Syria, after Syrian representatives had discussions at the Russian Foreign Ministry earlier today.
- Russia’s Upper House has unanimously approved the ban on adoptions to the US, in retaliation for the US Magnitsky Act. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is set to sign the bill into law. Reuters details how this move will make children the victims.
- With rebels closing in on the capital, the UN has started evacuating staff from its offices in the Central African Republic. The US Ambassador has also authorized the departure of family members and non-essential staff.
- Authorities in the United Arab Emirates report that they, together with Saudi Arabia, have arrested a terrorist cell.
- The new Chinese leaders are taking up new measures to strengthen their control of the Internet.
- Chinese authorities have confiscated televisions from 300 monasteries in a heavily Tibetan part of the west of the country and dismantled satellite equipment that broadcast “anti-China” programs, prompted by Tibetan self-immolations in the region.
- Aminta Ossom has a guest post over at Justice in Conflict about national accountability systems for international crimes in Ghana and Sierra Leone.
- Another post at JiC discusses the ICC and international justice in the wake of the Ngudjolo acquittal.