05 Mar Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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- The head of the IAEA has urged Iran to allow international inspectors access to a military site near Tehran to explore whether nuclear tests have been carried out there.
- The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Counterterrorism, Ben Emmerson, has urged the US to publish a Bush-era detention and rendition program report.
- On the island of Borneo, Malaysian troops attacked an armed Filipino group with jets and mortars in an attempt to end a standoff that has claimed at least 27 lives so far.
- Uhrhu Kenyatta is shown in early tallies to be ahead in the Kenyan presidential election after voting yesterday; charges have been confirmed by the pre-trial chamber of the ICC against Kenyatta for crimes against humanity.
- Amnesty International has called on the UN Security Council not to end the 21-year-long arms embargo in Somalia, describing the idea as premature and potentially hazardous to the Somalian humanitarian situation (Amnesty statement here).
- Syrian rebel forces have captured the city of Raqqa, the provincial capital, and crowds toppled the statue of President Bashar Al-Assad’s father.
- A British inquiry into allegations of torture and abuse by British soldiers in Iraq was shown gruesome pictures of bloodied corpses and faced testimony of missing body parts in evidence.
- Our own Kevin Jon Heller has joined the ongoing debate at Lawfare about the capture-versus-kill debate in IHL.
- The UN Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution today increasing sanctions on North Korea.
- Vice-President Biden has told AIPAC members that President Obama is serious when threatening military force if necessary to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.