21 Mar Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, March 21, 2013
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- NATO and the Afghan government have reached an agreement on the phased withdrawal of US special forces from Wardak province, near Kabul.
- A Zimbabwean court has denied bail to a high profile human rights lawyer arrested over the weekend on charges of obstruction of justice during police searches.
- After reaffirming ties with Israel, US President Barack Obama faced Palestinian discontent while visiting the occupied West Bank, with leaders accusing Obama of sidelining their plans for statehood.
- Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit the Israeli city of Sderot while President Obama was visiting Jerusalem.
- North Korea threatens a strike on US airbases in response to joint military exercises performed recently by the US and South Korea.
- The US wants M23 rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda out of its Rwandan embassy soon and into ICC custody. Justice in Conflict covers whether Rwanda could potentially stop this transfer by not allowing Ntaganda’s safe passage from the embassy in Kagali to the airport.
- The UN Dispute Tribunal has awarded $65,000 to whistleblower James Wasserstrom, only 2% of what he had claimed; the tribunal found U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and the U.N. Ethics Office failed to properly review claims that he suffered retaliation for alleging U.N. corruption in Kosovo.
- Indonesia’s government is proposing ratification of the Rome Statute, although the reasons may have more to do with domestic elections than with a sudden commitment to international criminal law.
- Despite charges being dropped against his co-accused Muthara last week due to problems with evidence and a key witness, Uhuru Kenyatta’s case at the ICC will continue, according to the Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
- Foreign Policy has a piece related to Deborah’s post yesterday about getting the CIA out of the drone business warning drone critics to be careful what they wish for.