Weekday News Wrap: Monday, April 1, 2013
- Kenya’s Supreme Court has upheld Uhuru Kenyatta’s election as president. Although there were some riots over the weekend and five were killed, the situation in Kenya is described as calm but tense.
- North Korea has described its nuclear weapons program as the nation’s life, and has vowed to continue it despite the international sanctions.
- South Korea, meanwhile, has vowed a swift response to any provocation by the North and the US has deployed more radar-evading fighter jets.
- French-supported Malian forces are fighting Tuareg rebels in the north of Mali after an assault on Timbuktu city.
- An unintended consequence of the Iran sanctions is a boom in diesel smuggling from Pakistan, some of it carried in Pepsi bottles by child smugglers and other diesel coming over in barrels strapped to the backs of mules.
- Major depositors in Cyprus’s biggest bank will lose around 60 percent of savings over €100,000, a plan made clear by the central bank over the weekend.
- Over at Arms Control Blog, there is a post on former UK Foreign Minister Jack Straw’s recent declaration and international legal analysis that war is not an option with regard to Iran.
- For those looking for another online legal research tool, today Google unveiled Google Nose, allowing you to search by scent (editor’s note: Happy April Fool’s Day!)