Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
- President Obama has offered conditional support to the another round of diplomacy on Syria and called off Congress’ vote on the authorization of military action. Meanwhile, France will put a resolution under Chapter VII on the Security Council’s agenda to force Syria to clean up its chemical weapons stock under international control for destruction.
- The trial of Kenya’s deputy President, William Ruto, started at the ICC yesterday.
- North and South Korea have agreed to reopen the jointly-run Kaesong industrial park from next week onwards, in a sign of easing tensions, but also of the importance of the park for the North’s economy.
- The European Commission’s legal services have issued a non-binding decision arguing that a financial transactions tax would be illegal because the plan “exceeds member states’ jurisdiction for taxation under the norms of international customary law“