Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, January 17, 2013
- A team from the IAEA is in Tehran for nuclear talks with the Iranian regime.
- The ICC has launched an investigation into the situation in Mali, as Western troops continue to assist Mali’s government in its fight against the al-Qaeda linked rebels. The ICC press release can be found here and Jurist has more here.
- An al-Qaeda affiliate group is holding a group of at least 20 foreign nationals hostage at a gas facility close to the Libyan border.
- A U.S. Marine pleaded guilty to urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and then posing for photographs.
- More than 100 people including women and children were killed by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday in Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported today.
- The UN reports that a surge in violence in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region has killed more than 100 people and forced 100,000 to flee.
- The United States is set to recognize the government of Somalia, ending a 20-year hiatus.
- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos opened the door to a popular vote on any peace accord negotiated and signed with FARC rebels.
- The Dutch District Court of The Hague ruled that the designs of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, and 7.7 produced by Samsung do not infringe designs patented by Apple.