Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
- Bosco Ntaganda, the leader of the M23 rebel group in the DRC, turned himself into the US Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda yesterday. Ntaganda is wanted by the ICC for charges including recruiting and using child soldiers, murder, rape and sexual slavery, and persecution.
- Counsel for Kenyan Uhuru Kenyatta asked the ICC yesterday to drop charges against his client for a lack of evidence.
- The Council of Europe has urged Azerbaijan to uphold basic freedoms and human rights.
- The US confirmed that Syrian rockets have been fired into northern Lebanon, demonstrating an escalating level of violence and violations of Lebanese sovereignty.
- The Argentine president, Cristina Fernandez, asked the new Pope to intervene on Argentina’s behalf in the Falkland Islands dispute.
- Israel’s new housing minister pledged new settlement building in Judea and Samaria, in line with the policy of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s previous cabinet.
- The trial of ex-Guatamalan president Montt is slated to begin in Guatamala City today; Montt faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
- On the 10th anniversary of the US invasion in Iraq, Baghdad‘s Shia areas have been the target of a series of deadly car bombs.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew met in Beijing earlier today to discuss trade and economic issues.
- China is seeking trade negotiations with Japan and South Korea later this year in an effort to counter the TPPA negotiations.