Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
- The Pre-Trial Chamber I has rejected Laurent Gbagbo’s challenge to the admissibility of the case against him, due to insufficient evidence that he is being actively prosecuted in Côte d’Ivoire.
- EU officials have sent a “please explain” to the US over the private information of European citizens collected under the PRISM program.
- Meanwhile, Google, Facebook and Microsoft have asked the US government for permission to release aggregate data on the information requests they receive, to improve transparency.
- Syrian rebels have reportedly killed dozens of Shiite pro-government fighters in retaliation for the killing of four rebels. With tensions increasing in the region, the UN is forced to look for new peacekeepers after Austria decided to pull out its troops over the next four weeks.
- The EU is likely to escalate its trade disputes with China another notch, as it plans to join Japan’s earlier complaint against Chinese anti-dumping duties on steel tubes.
- The Taliban has carried out a second deadly attack in Kabul in as many days, this time targeting the Supreme Court.
- The WTO TRIPS Council has reportedly decided to extend the transition period for least developing countries until 2021.