Weekday News Wrap: Friday, March 22, 2013
- Italy has promised India that the two Italian marines facing murder charges over the killing of two Indian fishermen mistaken for pirates will return to India today, after promises were made that the special court set up to rule on their case will respect their fundamental rights.
- Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia, President Putin has said that the two former rivals help create a fairer world order.
- Religious tensions between Muslim and Buddhist communities are increasing in Western Myanmar with the government seemingly uninterested or unable to intervene.
- The UN Human Rights Council has unanimously voted to start an inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea.
- The UN has also launched an investigation into allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria.
- Kurdish PKK leader Ocalan has declared a ceasefire with Turkey in a historic gesture trying to bring an end to the nearly 30-year conflict.
- China is “extremely concerned” about joint discussions between the US and Japan on potential joint military efforts in case of armed conflict over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
- Iran’s Supreme Leader Khameini is not against nuclear discussions with the US, though he also mentioned he was not too optimistic.
- Colombia and FARC have said that progress has been made in peace negotiations but that there are still disagreements.