Weekday News Wrap: June 22, 2012

by An Hertogen

Weekday News Wrap: June 21, 2012

by An Hertogen

Weekday News Wrap: June 20, 2012

by An Hertogen

  • The Commander of the UN observers in Syria has given more information on his decision to suspend the mission’s activities until both sides honor the peace plan. The same article also reveals that the Russian ship carrying military helicopters for Assad’s forces returned to Russia after its UK insurer revoked coverage.
  • Tensions have flared up along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip.
  • Wikileaks’ Julian Assange has sought asylum at the Ecuador’s embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex charges.
  • The ICJ has ordered Congo to pay $95000 in damages to Guinea in the case concerning Ahmadou Sadio Diallo.
  • The United States and New Zealand have signed a defence pact.
  • At their meeting in Los Cabos, G-20 leaders have welcomed EU’s recent initiatives to develop a closer fiscal and banking union. The Leaders’ Declaration can be found here.
  • The Rio+20 agreement reached by negotiators to be approved by world leaders is criticized as too weak by various NGOs.
  • Following Mexico’s entry, which we flagged yesterday, Canada has now also joined the TPPA talks.
  • China has defended its rare earths export restrictions as justified by environmental reasons.

Weekday News Wrap: June 19, 2012

by An Hertogen

  • Eight Turkish soldiers have been killed in South East Turkey during clashes with Kurdish PKK militants from Iraq.
  • Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the killing of a senior military commander in Yemen.
  • After receiving her Nobel Peace Price on Saturday, Aung San Suu Kyi picked up Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award in Dublin on Monday.
  • No case delays in Myanmar where 2 Muslim men have been sentenced to death for the rape and killing of a woman last month that led to sectarian violence.
  • ICAO’s Secretary-General has announced that he expects to have a plan to deal with aviation greenhouse gas emissions by March 2013, rather than by the end of 2012 as originally planned.
  • Mexico has been invited to join the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, while Canada has not yet made the cut.
  • Presidents Obama and Putin issued a joint statement following their first meeting since Putin’s re-election.

Weekday News Wrap: June 18, 2012

by An Hertogen