Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, January 3, 2013
- According to the UN, the death toll of the Syrian conflict now exceeds 60,000.
- A US drone strike has killed Mullah Nazir, a Pakistani Taliban commander.
- The IMF has stated that the US “fiscal cliff” deal is not enough to bring the economy back on a sustainable path.
- Judge McMahon of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has granted summary judgment to the government for the consolidated FOIA suit brought by the ACLU and the New York Times asking for the release information about its targeted killing program. Lawfare has more here and here, the Wall Street Journal blog weighs in here and CommonDreams offers a piece here.
- The UN is concerned about airstrike reports in the Kachin state of Myanmar.
- Israel has completed the fence between itself and Egypt, which stretches from the Red Sea port Eilat to the Gaza Strip, built to “stop infiltrators.”
- Rebels in the Central African Republic have halted their advance on the capital Bangui and agreed to start peace negotiations.
- Iran has indicated it hopes for nuclear talks with the six major powers “very soon.”