Weekday News Wrap: Monday, January 21, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

  • A UN report released yesterday entitled Treatment of Conflict Detainees in Afghan Custody: One Year On (report found here, press release found here) claims that Afghan authorities are still torturing prisoners, such as hanging them by their wrists and beating them with cables.
  • A police office in Kabul has been attacked earlier today by Taliban forces, in a second attack on a government building in less than a week.
  • Patriot missiles arrived from Germany and the Netherlands to prevent violence from spilling over Syria’s borders.
  • An international donor conference on Myanmar is overshadowed by fighting in the northern Kachin province, and accusations that the military is not respecting its unilateral ceasefire.
  • China has responded strongly to Hilary Clinton’s brief description of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute during a press conference in Washington on Friday.
  • At a press conference to release Huawei’s 2012 performance results, its CEO has rejected US claims about security concerns related to privately-held Chinese company’s telecom equipment as trade protectionism.
  • Bangladesh’s war crimes tribunal sentenced a popular Islamic televangelist to death in the first verdict given by the tribunal.
  • The Israeli army removed a Palestinian encampment in the occupied West Bank saying the tents and building were on land owned by Israel.
  • The leader of Ansar Dine, an al Qaeda-linked Islamist group in northern Mali, was once a trusted partner of the German government and brokered the release of hostages in 2003, according to Spiegel magazine.
  • A unilateral ceasefire declared by the FARC rebels at the start of peace talks with the Colombian government ended this weekend after the government refused to join the truce, according to the rebels.
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to deliver his hotly anticipated speech about his plans for Britain’s membership of the European Union this week.

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