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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, March 17, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Asia

  • China warned the Philippines to abandon a disputed shoal in the South China Sea after Manila said it planned to challenge a Chinese naval blockade of the area by sending supplies to its troops stationed there.
  • The US and Japan made some progress on resolving a deadlock over tariffs on farm and industrial exports which is dragging on a wider Pacific trade deal, a senior Japanese official said on Wednesday.

Americas

Middle East

  • A suicide car bomb attack has killed at least four people in a Hezbollah-dominated area of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, near the border with Syria.
  • Israel is to allow the resumption of diesel deliveries into Gaza, a day after the territory’s sole power plant stopped working due to a lack of fuel, officials have said.
  • Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip have fired more rockets at Israeli cities in a third day of a cross-border flare-up.
  • The United Arab Emirates summoned Iraq’s ambassador to protest against his prime minister’s accusations that its ally Saudi Arabia was funding terrorism, state news agency WAM reported, while Bahrain called the comments “irresponsible.”

Europe

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, March 10, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Asia

Americas

Middle East

Europe

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, March 3, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Asia

  • A prominent Chinese dissident, Xia Yeliang, who moved to the United States after being fired by Peking University last year warned of the dangers of academic exchanges with China, saying Beijing sent spies as visiting scholars.
  • China accused the United States of widespread human rights abuses, including cyber-surveillance and child labor, in Beijing’s annual rebuttal of Washington’s criticism of its rights record.
  • North Korea has fired two short-range missiles into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, South Korea’s defense ministry has said, after launching similar rockets last week.

Americas

Middle East

Europe

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, February 24, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Asia

Americas

Middle East

Europe

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, February 17, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Asia

Americas

Middle East

Europe

Weekly News Wrap: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Asia

Americas

Middle East

Europe

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, February 3, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Asia

Americas

  • In Olympics news, U.S. officials say the first of two American warships heading into the Black Sea in advance of the Olympic Games has sailed from Italy.
  • A 30-foot (9 meter) sailboat with about 30 Cuban refugees aboard docked in the Cayman Islands and passengers said they were hoping to reach Honduras.
  • US President Obama released a certification memorandum that any US armed forces personnel involved in the international stabilization mission in Mali would be immune from prosecution at the ICC.

Middle East

Europe

Oceania

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, January 20, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Asia

  • North Korea has called on South Korea to end “all acts of provocation and slander,” after it warned of “an unimaginable holocaust” if the South carried out military exercises with the United States.
  • Myanmar authorities have denied any civilian deaths but confirmed a clash took place after a rights group reported several people including women and a child have been killed in an attack on Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar.

Americas

Middle East

Europe

Weekly News Wrap: January 6, 2014

by An Hertogen

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

  • South Sudan peace talks were scheduled to start on Sunday in Addis Ababa, but were delayed once again.
  • Congolese troops staved off armed attacks in Kinshasa by armed followers of a religious leader who is critical of President Kabila over his decision to make peace with Tutsi rebels in Eastern Congo.
  • Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for car bombings outside a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Asia

Americas

  • In editorials, the NYTimes and the Guardian have called for recognition of Edward Snowden as a whistleblower.

Middle East

Europe

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, December 30, 2013

by An Hertogen

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Americas

  • Edward Snowden has declared “mission accomplished” and also issued an alternative Christmas message for the UK’s Channel 4.
  • Legal or not? A federal District Court judge in New York has ruled that the NSA data collection is legal, a week after a District Court judge in DC ruled it illegal.

Asia

Europe

Middle East

Weekly News Wrap: December 16, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Middle East

Asia

Africa

Europe

Americas

Weekly News Wrap: December 9, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Middle East

Asia

  • The World Trade Organization reached its first ever trade reform deal to the roar of approval from nearly 160 ministers who had gathered in Bali to decide on the make-or-break agreement that could add $1 trillion to the global economy.
  • US Vice President said that North Korea would never achieve prosperity as long as it continued to pursue nuclear arms, but added Washington remained open to dialogue if Pyongyang can show its willingness to honor its commitments.
  • The UN and US called for investigations into the findings of a Reuters report that Thai immigration officials moved Myanmar refugees into human trafficking rings.
  • Chuck Hagel, the US defense secretary, has held talks in Rawalpindi with Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister, as part of an effort to defuse tensions over controversial US drone strikes and Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan.

Africa

Europe

Americas

  • A Pakistani immigrant in the US who says he was held for more than 10 months in solitary confinement after being falsely arrested on terrorism charges has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Miami, saying he was a victim of “overzealousness” in the U.S. war on terrorism. 
  • Colombia’s main leftist guerrilla group, the FARC, said it would implement a 30-day ceasefire from December 15 while the government said it would keep pursuing the rebels after they attacked a police station a day earlier, killing eight.