Weekly News Wrap: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:
- Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 60 people in an attack on a village in northeast Nigeria, while a separate attack killed eight people at a teacher training college.
- Nigeria will mount a massive security operation to protect a World Economic Forum on Africa planned in Abuja next month, following the bomb attack by suspected Islamist militants on the capital’s outskirts on Monday.
- A militia leader accused of kidnap, rape and cannibalism has surrendered alongside around 40 of his followers in Democratic Republic of Congo.
- EU and African leaders meeting in Brussels last week pledged to deepen trade and investment ties between their two continents, with both sides calling for a “fundamental shift” in cooperation.
- India’s highest court has recognized the existence of a third gender that is neither male nor female in a landmark judgement hailed by the transgender community.
- China condemned Britain for interfering in its domestic affairs, in response to a human rights report, a day after the British government said Beijing had called off human rights talks.
- Japan and Australia have clinched a bilateral trade deal.
Middle East and Northern Africa
- The trials have begun in Tripoli against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and his younger brother, Saadi, on charges including murder and plundering state coffers. Their co-accused include the former intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi and former prime ministers, al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi and Bouzid Dorda.
- Israel is holding secret talks with some Arab states that do not recognize it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran according Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
- Israel described as “unacceptable” remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability.
- Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said the “grave news” that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had carried out two poison gas attacks last week was a challenge to “international will”.
- Britain’s aerospace and defense industries warned that the sector could lose its global competitive edge as a result of Scotland’s bid for independence.
- Ukraine has said an “anti-terrorist operation” against pro-Moscow separatists is under way, as Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of a civil war.
- A Russian fighter jet has made close-range passes for more than 90 minutes near a US warship in the Black Sea amid diplomatic tensions over Ukraine, the US reports.
- Iran requested a special meeting of a UN committee on the United States’ refusal to grant a visa to Tehran’s new U.N. ambassador appointee, describing the decision as a dangerous precedent that could harm international diplomacy.
- Nepal would weaken the foundations of “genuine and lasting” peace after a decade-long civil war if it gave amnesties for serious crimes committed during the conflict, according to Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.