Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, April 25, 2013
- French President Hollande is receiving a warm welcome during his visit to Beijing, which according to the Financial Times is a snub to the UK government which has not been high on China’s welcome list after David Cameron’s meeting with the Dalai Lama last year.
- US Treasury officials appeared before the House Appropriations subcommittee to push for a different allocation in US contributions to the IMF that would make good on a 2.5 year old promise to rearrange quota at the IMF.
- Bolivia has filed a claim at the International Court of Justice against Chile to regain access to the Pacific Coast it lost in a 1904 Treaty concluded after the War of the Pacific of the 1880s.
- Eric Posner has a column on Kiobel over at Slate.
- Eager not to be left at a competitive disadvantage after the EU lifted economic sanctions earlier this week, the acting USTR is travelling to Myanmar to discuss a framework agreement on trade and investment.
- The UK has signed a mutual legal assistance agreement with Jordan, which, according to the Home Secretary, includes fair trial guarantees, and should pave the way for the extradition of Abu Qatada to Jordan later this year.
- More than 100 have been killed in two days of clashes in northern Iraq between the Shia-led government troops and Sunni Muslim protesters.
- Syrian rebels and government forces blame one another for the destruction of a minaret of the more than 1,000-year-old Umayyad mosque in Aleppo, in an area of the city classified as a UNESCO heritage site.
- South Korea seeks talks with North Korea on the reopening of the joint industrial zone.
- Lawfare highlights a snippet of testimony given at yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on drones that alleges that the Obama Administration is targeting and killing low-level insurgents, the detainment of whom caused much criticism during the Bush Administration years.
- In addition to British, French and Israeli allegations, Qatar is now saying that Syria has been using chemical weapons against its own people.
- Under pressure from the political far-right, Switzerland has now restricted immigration from all EU countries, placing an annual restriction on the number of resident permits it allots.
- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has “apologized” for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, asking for forgiveness but stopping short of calling it a genocide.