Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he was “deeply disturbed” by the deaths in custody of 37 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and condemned an ambush by Islamist militants that killed 25 Egyptian policemen.
- A leading diplomat from the U.S. State Department and the U.S. ambassador to Syria will meet with a Russian delegation in The Hague next week to discuss plans for a peace conference to end the civil war in Syria.
- The European Commission has warned Spain against imposing an entry tax into Gibraltar, saying it would be illegal under EU law.
- According to the Nigerian military, Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the armed group Boko Haram, may have died of gunshot wounds some weeks after a clash with soldiers.
- Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald has said he will not be deterred from further reporting after the British government detained his partner and confiscated electronic data, a detention Human Rights Watch has said appears to be aimed at intimidating journalists.
- In related news, The Guardian says the British government threatened legal action against the newspaper unless it either destroyed the classified documents or handed them back to British authorities.
- Pakistani ex-President Pervez Musharraf has been indicted on three charges over the 2007 assassination of opposition leader and former PM Benazir Bhutto.
- A U.N. panel will start hearing harrowing testimony from North Korean defectors today in a move that will likely mobilize public opinion on abuses in the one-party state that comes at or near the bottom of most measures of freedom.