Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died from cancer. Thousands of mourners took to the streets to pay their respects to their late president. World leader reactions: here.
- A trial on Operation Condor of the 1970s and 1980s in South America has started in Buenos Aires. It is expected that the proceedings could take up to two years to conclude.
- North Korea threatens to end its 1953 armistice agreement after the US, with Chinese backing, introduced a draft Security Council resolution to punish North Korea for its recent nuclear test. South Korea says it is ready to strike back, should the North attack.
- Two “Palestinian-only” buses were torched overnight by unknown assailants.
- The UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees has canceled its annual fundraising marathon in Gaza after Hamas decided to ban women from participating in the event.
- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has condemned “abhorrent” attacks against Tanzania’s albino population.
- Two Pakistan officials have vehemently denied the New York Times’ story yesterday of two drone strikes being disavowed by the United States and purportedly carried out by Pakistan itself, calling the report a “distortion of the facts.”
- ISAF will stop reporting on Taliban attacks, though they will still collect the data; this move comes after admitting to an incorrect reporting last week of a 7% decline in attacks when there has been no decline at all.
- At least 70 have died and thousands have fled their homes in eastern Congo amid violence between rebels and government forces. According to a Russian envoy, the UN Security Council hopes to approve a special force to combat the rebels by the end of March.
- Syrian warplanes bombarded the fallen city of Raqqa yesterday in an attempt to reclaim the area from the rebels.
- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has announced the the number of Syrian refugees has grown strongly since the start of the year and now exceeds more than one million, putting pressure on neighboring states.
- The Obama administration has taken domestic steps to implement its 2010 commitments on IMF voting reform, but it is unclear at this stage whether the measure will be passed by Congress.
- Foreign Policy points out that momentum is building to declassify information related to the US’ secret detention program run by the CIA.
- FP also asks the blunt question: Has anybody noticed that Malaysia is at war? Though we can’t speak for others, we have definitely taken notice here at OJ and reported on it yesterday in our News Wrap.