Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
- A Chinese navy vessel aimed a type of radar normally used to aim weapons at a target at a Japanese navy ship in the East China Sea, prompting a Japanese protest.
- President Barack Obama has plans to visit Israel, the West Bank and Jordan this spring, raising the prospects of a new U.S. push to restart long-stalled Israel-Palestinian peace efforts.
- The British Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage yesterday.
- According to an Open Society Justice Initiative report, as many as 54 countries have been complicit in the CIA’s extraordinary rendition operations.
- The WTO, WHO and WIPO have issued a joint publication on the policies necessary to promote access to medical technologies and innovation. The WTO has more info here and Intellectual Property Watch offers more background.
- France’s Foreign Affairs Minister has signalled that French troops may start withdrawing from Mali from early March if the handover to African troops goes as planned.
- Bulgarian officials have stated that Hezbollah was involved in the terrorist attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists last July. Israel and the US have urged the EU to condemn Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
- US trade officials have stated, ahead of talks with EU Trade Commissioner De Gucht, that they need a strong signal of political will from the EU before moving the negotiations on a free trade agreement into higher gear.