Weekday News Wrap: Friday, February 22, 2013
- The Syrian opposition, the Syrian National Coalition, is willing to negotiate a peace agreement, but they demand that President Al-Assad cannot be a part of any deal going forward.
- Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has blamed al-Qaeda affiliated groups for yesterday’s deadly blasts in Damascus, and called on the UN to do more to fight terrorism.
- Japan’s Prime Minister Abe is in the US for talks with President Obama during a time of heightened regional tension for the island nation.
- French and Malian troops battle in renewed clashes in the Malian city of Gao.
- Egypt will hold parliamentary elections in four stages, the first set to begin April 27th.
- For the first time, an American official–Senator Lindsey Graham–has divulged that 4,700 have been killed in the US’ secret drone wars.
- The EU wants Cambodia to come up with more money to fund the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, the war crimes tribunal trying former Khmer Rouge officials.
- Human Rights Watch urges The Netherlands to stop the deportation of Somalis until the security situation becomes more stable in the African country, as it would contravene various human rights obligations.
- China’s Ministry of Finance is planning to impose carbon taxes and emission limits on some of its most polluting industries.
- Three blasts in Hyderabad, India, have killed at least 15.
- A week before talks are due to start, a confidential IAEA report claims that Iran is installing advanced centrifuges that can speed up the process of uranium enrichment.
- Ethnic tensions are rising in Kenya with elections looming in less than two weeks.