Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
- Rep. Edward Royce, Chairman of the US House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee, has urged China to participate in the arbitration proceedings lodged by the Philippines over their dispute regarding the South China Sea.
- The US military has started preparations for a drone base in Western Africa, presumably in Niger or in Burkina Faso.
- A judge in Guatemala has ordered Mr Rios Montt, a former dictator and legislator, to stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the country’s civil war in the Mayan-Ixil region.
- Britain is ready to deploy troops to support the French mission in Mali, although they will not participate in combat operations.
- Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will abdicate at the end of April in favor of her son Willem-Alexander, who will become the country’s first king in over 120 years.
- Iran has denied reports of explosions at a uranium enrichment facility as Western propaganda.
- Antigua and Barbados’ government has announced that it has been authorized by the WTO to suspend IP rights of US rights holders to compel the US to comply with the US-Gambling ruling.
- The EFTA Court has rejected the case against Iceland over the Icesave dispute, EJIL:Talk! has a detailed analysis.
- More than two-thirds of countries, including many of the world’s largest arms traders, have inadequate safeguards to prevent corruption in their defense sectors.
- Yemeni forces intercepted a ship carrying a large cache of weapons – including surface-to-air missiles – that U.S. officials suspect were being smuggled from Iran and destined for Yemeni insurgents.
- The UN has said that it will be forced to cut already reduced food rations to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees unless a huge cash injection is found.
- Iran has said it had launched a live monkey into space, seeking to show off missile systems that have alarmed the West because the technology could potentially be used to deliver a nuclear warhead.
- The US government has closed the office that focuses on closing Guantanamo, according to this story in the New York Times.