Weekday News Wrap: Friday, January 25, 2013
- The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights while Countering Terrorism, Ben Emmerson, announced the launch of a special investigation into drone warfare and targeted killings yesterday.
- The United Nations is planning to consider later this year the scientific validity of a claim by China that a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea are part of its territory, although Japan says the world body should not be involved.
- Taiwan has also entered the fray, now claiming the islands are part of its territory.
- The number of children adopted internationally by American parents fell 7 percent last year, continuing a multi-year decline brought on in part by tightened adoption rules.
- The Economist has a feature on the French intervention in Mali, which may also take longer than initially predicted.
- Australia joined the UK, Germany and the Netherlands in recalling its citizens from Benghazi in light of the escalating conflict involving Mali, which proves an “imminent threat” to Westerners in the city.
- ASIL has a new Insight entitled: “Knocking on the WTO’s Door: International Law and the Principle of First Sale Download in UseSoft v. Oracle” (.pdf).
- Poland’s Foreign Minister has stated that the UK has lost its position as one of the leading EU nations following Prime Minister Cameron’s speech, and added that Poland will be ready to take the UK’s place in the next decade.
- A French Court has ordered Twitter to reveal the identities of users who spread anti-Semitic messages and to create a better platform for users to report tweets that incite to racial hatred.
North Korea has threatened South Korea with “physical countermeasures” if it participates in enforcing the UN sanctions against it, although it has not revealed what these countermeasures could be.
France’s Foreign Minister has admitted that the situation in Syria has stagnated and that his predictions last month about the pending fall of President Assad were premature.