Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
- A top US diplomacy team has been sent to Japan and South-Korea to douse the simmering tensions between the two nations.
- Facing strong electoral competition from EU skeptic parties, the Icelandic government has suspended negotiations on EU accession until after the elections in April.
- Navi Pillay has called for an international inquiry into widespread human rights abuses in North Korea during the past decades.
- Cuba has relaxed restrictions on Cuban’s freedom to travel overseas, including for known dissidents.
- The French ambassador to the UN has said that his country launched a military intervention in Mali because it believed that the existence of the country was at stake. A meeting of the Security Council on Mali expressed unanimous “understanding and support” for the military intervention, according to the ambassador.
- Despite intensive aerial bombardment by French warplanes, rebels have grabbed more territory in Mali, inching closer to the capital.
- Colombia’s FARC rebel group will end a two-month ceasefire on Sunday, amid calls from both sides for quicker negotiations.
- Yemeni security forces arrested two al Qaeda militants near the capital Sanaa, seizing explosives, suicide bomb vests, assassination manuals and lists of targets for attack.
- The Russian State Duma rejected a petition yesterday challenging a recently passed bill that would prohibit US citizens from adopting Russian children.