Weekday News Wrap: Monday, March 11, 2013
- North Korea reacted with another threat of a nuclear attack after the US and South Korea performed joint military exercises.
- Residents of the Falklands Islands started voting on Sunday on a sovereignty referendum that has already been rejected by Argentina.
- Reuters has a piece on the Khmer Rouge trials at the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia alleging justice delayed may be justice denied.
- Reports from the opposition state that Syrian rebel forces have broken through the governments lines in Homs.
- In other Syria news, twenty bodies have been found in Aleppo’s “river of martyrs” believed to have been executed by government forces and dumped into the water, though reports are difficult to verify as most independent media has been banned by Syrian authorities.
- In Saudia Arabia, officials are entertaining the idea of dropping public beheadings and using firing squads instead.
- International hostages taken in Nigeria last month have been killed, according to the Italian foreign ministry.
- Uhuru Kenyatta, being sought for crimes against humanity at the ICC, has won the Kenyan presidential election with 50.07% of the vote–a result that will be challenged by Raila Odinga, the runner-up, who is alleging “rampant illegality” across the entire election process.
- The Globe and Mail has an article arguing how the Kenyan elections are a triumph for democracy but a failure for international justice.
- UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, is getting ready to make her next move in the deportation efforts of Abu Qatada from the UK to Jordan, after a judge last year banned the deportation.
- The US is using a UK air-force base for drone operations, calling for more staff to assist in operating Predator drones and oversight of US missions and operations.
- The Washington Post has a story discussing imminence in conflict, and the New York Times has a piece about Anwar Al-Awlaki.
- Hungary’s Parliament is set to adopt a constitutional amendment today that will restrict judicial powers and interpretation methods. The move could lead to EU aid cuts.