Weekday News Wrap: Monday, February 25, 2013
- South Korea has inaugurated its first female president, Park Guen-Hye, who now faces regional tensions amid North Korea’s nuclear testing. In one of her first moves as president, she demanded an end to nuclear ambitions by North Korea.
- Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, has expelled US special forces from the key battleground Wardak province, because, according to Karzai’s spokesperson, some US soldiers were found to have recently tortured or killed innocent people.
- African Union leaders signed a UN brokered agreement over the weekend aimed at peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- The Syrian opposition has decided to boycott international talks, saying that the world has turned its back on the war-torn nation and calling the lack of international action “shameful.”
- The US has sent 100 troops to Niger to construct a drone base from which Predator drones will operate.
- In other drone news, a recent study found that drone pilots are susceptible to the same bouts of depression, post-traumatic stress and anxiety as pilots of manned aircraft deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.
- Dozens of people have been killed in renewed tribal battles in North Darfur.
- Palestinian officials have accused Israelis of torturing a Palestinian prisoner held in Hebron to death; Israeli officials have said the autopsy results were preliminary and inconclusive to tell. Around 3,000 Palestinian inmates have gone on a one-day hunger-strike in protest.