Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
- The ICC has dropped the charges against Francis Muthaura, Uhuru Kenyatta’s co-accused, because of issues with procuring evidence and witness testimony.
- Twelve more bodies have been fished out of the river near Aleppo in Syria, bringing the total body count to well over 80, many with bullet wounds to the head.
- An African Union-brokered deal has re-opened the oil trade between Sudan and South Sudan, a year after trade was stopped.
- Approximately 99% of those who voted in the Falkland Islands referendum wish to remain British citizens, a strong message to Argentina, which claims the islands as its territory.
- The US Treasury has imposed new sanctions on North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank in response to recent nuclear threats.
- North Korea has derided the formation of a “Commission of Inquiry” by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate potential human rights abuses, calling it a “plot” against their nation filled with “faked material … invented by the hostile forces, defectors and other rabbles.”
- A British judge has delayed the decision on Islamic Cleric Abu Qatada’s deportation until the end of this month.
- The Volokh Conspiracy has a post about ICC jurisdiction over Israeli settlements.
- Foreign Policy weighs in on drones and reports that not only do more countries have access to them, they’re becoming smaller and smarter.