Weekday News Wrap: Monday, April 15, 2013
- As North Korea celebrated the 101st birthday of the country’s founder, the US has said it is ready to “reach out” if Pyongyang gives up its nuclear aspirations after warning North Korea that a nuclear missile launch would be a “huge mistake.”
- Foreign Policy offers a way to solve the North Korea nuke problem, opining that the road to Pyongyang goes through Helsinki.
- Foreign Policy also points out that while a lot of focus has been on North Korean missiles, there were two other countries busy this week with testing their launch capabilities: India and Pakistan.
- Guards at Guantanamo are trying to end the hunger strike of 43 inmates that began in February; some 11 inmates are being force-fed through tubes inserted into their noses and mouths, a practice considered torture by some. One detainee, through his lawyers, has an op-ed in the New York Times describing his experience on hunger strike since February 10.
- Reports from Syria say that children and other civilians have been killed in the latest round of government bombing campaigns in Damascus and Hadad.
- The melting of Antarctic ice is currently the worst it has been in more than 1,000 years.
- Professor William Schabas offers some thoughts on the recent General Assembly meeting about international justice, an event we covered here in our News Wrap.
- UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Counterterrorism, Ben Emmerson, has called on countries to protect Burkina Faso from terrorism, given its vulnerability especially with respect to the current conflict in Mali.
- After a first round of negotiations, the WTO has narrowed down the list of candidates for the position of Director-General to five: Ms Mari Elka Pangestu (Indonesia), Mr Tim Groser (New Zealand), Mr Herminio Blanco (Mexico), Mr Taeho Bark (Republic of Korea) and Mr Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil).
- Figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute show that global military expenditure has decreased in the past year, although this masks a shift in spending globally, with the US and Western and Central Europe spending less and other states, particularly China and Russia, spending more.
- Suicide bombs have killed at least 20 in Mogadishu, Somalia, and at least as many in a series of car bombs around Iraq.