Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, September 5, 2013
- According to the Philippines’ top diplomat, China plans to occupy a disputed chain of reefs and rocks in the South China Sea to expand its territory before regional rules on maritime behavior come into effect.
- Justice must run its course in the cases against Kenya’s president and deputy president, according to ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, ahead of a vote in Kenya’s parliament on whether to withdraw from the ICC.
- Furious about a report that the U.S. government spied on her private communications, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff may cancel a planned White House visit and downgrade commercial ties unless she receives a public apology.
- Human Rights Watch has more on what it calls the “obstruction” by the Cambodian government on the work of the ECCC.
- The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to the Dominican Republic and relieved him of his duties pending an investigation, after local media accused him of pedophilia.
- The Syrian government is currently using cluster munitions in its ongoing conflict, according to Landmine and Cluster Munition Moniter.
- The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a resolution authorizing the use of force against the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
- Foreign Policy has written a guide to the jargon in the foreign policy circles, explaining what it means when we hear “we can’t rule anything out” or “all options are on the table,” for example.
- And if “all options are on the table,” FP also wonders whether we could bribe our way to peace in Syria.