Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
- The US Air Force has stopped releasing statistical data on drone strikes in Afghanistan and has erased previoiusly published statistics from its website.
- The UK warned Argentina that it would always be ready to defend its citizens on the Falkland Islands after they voted nearly unanimously to remain British.
- Iran plans to “sue Hollywood” about the Oscar-winning film Argo, which Iran claims has an “unrealistic portrayal” of the country and the hostage crisis of 1979.
- Suspected Islamists stormed a school in Kano, Nigeria, opening fire and wounding four teachers.
- A recent World Bank report (.pdf) has said that Israel’s checkpoints and delays in transferring money are causing “lasting damage” to the Palestinian economy.
- North Korea has confirmed that it considers the 1953 armistice agreement with South Korea to be null and void.
- UK Prime Minister Cameron has indicated that the UK could decide to arm Syrian rebels, and would if necessary veto the extension of the EU arms embargo.
- Save The Children, a London-based NGO, has issued a report (.pdf) outlining that children in Syria are being raped, shot at and tortured.
- India has summoned the Italian ambassador after Italy decided that two Italian marines did not have to return to India to stand trial over the shooting of Indian fishermen who they mistook for pirates.
- In testimony to Congress, the head of Cyber Command stated that the US has teams that could launch a counter-cyberattack if the US were the subject of a cyberattack.
- TPP negotiators have concluded the 16th round of negotations in Singapore, a lot of work still remains and it is unlikely that Japan will be able to join the negotiations in time for the next round in Peru.
- The EU has finalized the text to “stop the clock” on the inclusion of aviation in its ETS, to allow for negotiations within the ICAO to bear fruit.
- Justice in Conflict has a post with some praise for ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in the wake of a tumultuous week at the Court.