Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, August 22, 2013
- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces bombarded rebel-held suburbs of Damascus today, keeping up pressure on the besieged region a day after the opposition accused the army of gassing hundreds in a chemical weapons attack.
- In response, the U.N. Security Council said it was necessary to clarify the alleged chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus, but stopped short of explicitly demanding a probe by U.N. investigators in Syria.
- Two of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s most senior aides pressed the Guardian newspaper to hand over or destroy intelligence secrets leaked by Edward Snowden, according to political sources.
- Professor Schabas has a new post on his blog, PhD Studies in Human Rights, entitled: Attendance at Trial and the Kenya Cases Before the International Criminal Court.
- The Economist has a story covering the increasing flow of drugs and arms into North Africa since the Arab Spring.