Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
- The British House of Commons has passed a law legalizing gay marriage in the UK.
- According to a recent parliamentary report, Britain has issued more than 3,000 licences allowing the export of weapons to countries where the UK has human rights concerns.
- UN officials have said that the crisis in Syria is the worst since Rwanda, with more than 6,000 people fleeing the violence each day, more than 5,000 dying each month and with the conflict merging with conflicts in neighboring Iraq and perhaps in Lebanon.
- Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed was found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh of five charges of war crimes in the 1971 war of independence with Pakistan and was sentenced to death.
- Cuba has said a North Korean cargo ship seized in Panama was loaded at one of its ports with 10,000 tons of sugar and 240 tons of “obsolete defensive weaponry”.
- Edward Snowden has also applied for asylum in Russia; he has been staying in the Moscow airport for the last three weeks.