Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
- A top UN envoy, Leila Zerrougui, special representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, has warned officials and anti-government fighters in Syria risk prosecution as war criminals for atrocities against children.
- The US House Intelligence Committee says it is now willing to supply weapons to Syrian rebels despite the risk of their ending up with al-Qaeda allies.
- Additionally, top US military officials have outlined a range of intervention option plans in Syria, from instituting no-fly zones to conducting limited attacks on military targets.
- Iran condemned the EU’s decision to blacklist the armed faction of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and said the move was “contrary to all political and legal norms, surprising and unacceptable.”
- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos agreed to turn the page on a diplomatic dispute triggered when Santos met with Venezuela’s main opposition leader in May.
- Foreign Policy asks: Is the US ramping up a secret war in Somalia?