Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
- The Associated Press has released a translation of a jihadist instruction manual (.pdf) of how to avoid being a victim of a drone strike found in a pile of garbage in Timbuktu, Mali.
- As thousands mourn the death of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail, fears of a revolt grow. The U.N. has called for an investigation into the death reportedly caused by torture.
- A rocket has been sent from the Gaza strip into Southern Israel.
- Syria’s Foreign Minister has said in Moscow that the Syrian government is willing to talk, even to armed opposition groups while the rebels meanwhile have reportedly changed their tune, and are now willing again to participate in talks in Rome.
- US Senators have written to Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the EU Council, asking to do more to prevent use of European Central Bank accounts by Iran’s regime to circumvent US and EU sanctions.
- If Iran will curb its nuclear program, major powers will offer reduced financial santions later this week in talks in Kazakhstan.
- The BBC reports that its English-language radio broadcasts are being jammed in China, suggesting the Chinese authorities are behind the disruption.
- Polish prosecutors dropped charges against the former Polish intelligence chief connected with allegaions of the CIA’s secret prison in Poland used for al-Qaeda suspects.
- The trial against BP and other companies connected with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began this week.
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon reiterated his desire for a global moratorium on the death penalty yesterday.
- UK newspapers are challenging the decision of the government to invoke national security and international relations reasons when withholding evidence from the inquest into the 2006 polonium poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko.
- China’s new leader has promised to aim for peaceful relations between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.
- Cuba’s President Raul Castro has been re-elected for his final term, and has appointed a political heir who will most likely become the first Cuban leader born after the revolution.
- Over at the Armed Groups and International Law blog, the authors have posted another Legal Roundup.
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