Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
- President Obama is in Berlin today where he will give a speech arguing for sharp reductions in nuclear warheads and more cooperation on other important challenges such as climate change and democracy.
- The US will start negotiations with the Taleban in Qatar later this week. Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s President Karzai has suspended negotiations with the US on a security pact, accusing the US of sending mixed messages.
- Hungarian prosecutors have charged Laszlo Csatary, named the Wiesenthal’s Center most wanted last year, with war crimes over his involvement in the torture and deportation of Jewish prisoners during WWII.
- A new report by the International Maritime Bureau reveals that the Gulf of Guinea, on Africa’s West Coast, has the dubious honour of being the piracy hot spot of 2012.
- The ICC has declined a request to investigate Vatican officials over their handling of child abuse claims by clergy, on the basis that the matter doesn’t fall within the Court’s jurisdiction.
- At the WTO, Panama has filed a request for consultations with Colombia over the latter’s import restrictions on textiles, apparel and footwear.