Weekday News Wrap: Monday, January 7, 2013
- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejected peace talks with his enemies in a defiant speech that his opponents described as a renewed declaration of war. Foreign Affairs officials in the EU, UK and Turkey have responded sceptically and have called on Assad to step down.
- A U.S. drone strike killed at least 10 people suspected to be Taliban fighters in Pakistan’s northern tribal areas, intelligence sources said, days after another drone strike killed a top militant leader in the area.
- UNICEF has received “credible reports” of armed groups in the Central African Republic recruiting and including children in the country’s conflict.
- Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to build a fortified fence along the border with Syria, warning that hardline Islamist forces have taken over the area.
- Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan approve range of deals on oil, security and border deals after meeting in Ethiopia.
- Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan ruled out a general amnesty for Kurdish militants but said intelligence agents would continue to talk to the rebels’ jailed leader in a bid to end a near three-decade insurgency.
- The National Credit Union Administration filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co. for selling $2.2 billion in faulty residential mortgage-backed securities to credit unions. Jurist has more here.
- Indian and Pakistani troops have exchanged gunfire across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region, leaving one Pakistani soldier dead.
- At the centennial of his birth, Richard Nixon has been celebrated as a “foreign policy genius”.
- You would think he’s starring in a new comedy, but Gerard Depardieu was welcomed in Russia’s autonomous region of Mordovia where he was offered an apartment, blinis, boots and two kittens as a welcome gift. The region is most famous though for its harsh climate and prison camps, including the one were a member of the Pussy Riot is serving her sentence.
- Argentina’s problems with its creditors have put a bankruptcy regime for nations, first proposed a decade ago, back into the spotlight.