Weekday News Wrap: Friday, April 12, 2013
- The US says with “moderate confidence” that North Korea does in fact have a nuclear weapon that they would be capable of mounting to a ballistic missile, but that such a weapon would likely be unreliable.
- At the G8 summit in London, leaders were “appalled” by the violence and number of casualties in Syria and urged humanitarian assistance from all countries.
- During an interview with CNN, Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf admitted to striking a secret deal with the US about drone strikes, but “only on a few occasions, when a target was absolutely isolated and no chance of collateral damage.”
- And speaking of drones, Foreign Policy offers ten ways to fix the drone war.
- The UK will not invite Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez to the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, but later decided that “good manners” required that at the very least the Argentinian ambassador should be invited.
- Julian will be happy to see some sign of progress at last: the ICJ will hear Australia’s case against Japan over the latter’s whaling program in late June and early July.
- At talks in Geneva, the US Ambassador to the WTO has urged his counterparts to seek clear instructions from their government to get the ball going on substantive negotiations for a new agreement by the end of the year.
- At the urging of the European Commission, Turkey has removed restrictions on free speech and adjusted its anti-terrorism laws to bring its legislation in line with jurisprudence by the European Court of Human Rights.