Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, April 4, 2013
- The US has added Joseph Kony to its war crimes rewards programme and offered a US$5 million reward for his capture, after the recent coup in the Central African Republic forced the suspension of the manhunt for him.
- The US has moved missile defenses to Guam to respond to North Korea’s nuclear threat, which Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel labeled a “real and clear danger” to the US and its South-Korean and Japanese allies.
- Amnesty International has condemned as torture a sentence of paralysis reportedly to be imposed in Saudi Arabia on a man convicted of paralyzing a friend in an attack 10 years ago.
- In a significant step forward, the 49-strong group of Least Developed Countries has announced that they are willing to take on binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- A human rights group report alleges that Sudan officials have been committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and acts of torture in the border area near South Sudan since 2011.
- An exchange of fire between Israel and Palestine threatens the Gaza ceasefire from last November.
- Israeli troops have shot two Palestinian youths dead in the West Bank in response to a barrage of firebombs in a third day of escalated tensions since the death of a Palestinian prisoner under Israeli control.
- A Syrian helicopter has flown 20km into Lebanon and launched two rockets on the outskirts of a Lebanese town; no casualties were reported.
- Foreign Policy offers some speculation into what a war between North and South Korea might look like.