Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
- The UN chemical weapons inspection team in Syria is set to begin transferring samples that it has collected from the country to the laboratories for testing.
- More than 2 million refugees have now fled Syria’s civil war, piling pressure on neighboring host countries according to the UN. Sweden is set to change its asylum law and grant permanent residency to those approved from Syria instead of three-year temporary permits.
- Another sampling of the discussion happening around the web with regard to Syria: a post on Lawfare about how the 9/11 Commission Report may be relevant to the crisis, one from Arms Control Blog on the use of force, and one at EJIL: Talk! discussing the use of force as a reprisal.
- The official Bahrain News Agency\ reported that the kingdom would host the permanent headquarters of the Arab Human Rights Court following its approval at an Arab League meeting in Cairo.
- Brazil assailed the US after new allegations that Washington spied on President Dilma Rousseff, complaining that its sovereignty may have been violated and suggesting that it could call off Rousseff’s planned state visit to the White House next month.
- British army officials have dismissed what they called “baseless rumours” that troops mutilated the bodies of dead Iraqi fighters after a 2004 battle, as a public inquiry heard its first evidence from military witnesses.
- Today marks the 60th anniversary of when the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms entered into force.