14 Jan Weekday News Wrap: Monday, January 14, 2013
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- French fighter jets pounded Islamist rebel strongholds deep in northern Mali on Sunday as Paris poured more troops into the capital Bamako, awaiting a West African force to dislodge al Qaeda-linked insurgents from the country’s north. Britain has given logistical support to the French operation to stop al-Qaeda affiliates in Mali. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said that its military operation in Mali would not be a long one. Reuters offers an analysis piece about why the conflict in Mali was one France could not resist.
- An Egyptian appeals judge overturned former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s conviction and life sentence and ordered a retrial on the charge of failure to prevent the killing of more than 800 protestors last year.
- Human Rights Watch claims that Syrian forces are using notoriously indiscriminate rockets that contain explosive submunitions, a new type of cluster munition.
- A coalition of 55 states will today request the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the ICC.
- Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in Moscow to protest against recent changes to anti-American Russian adoption laws and calling for the parliament that passed the law to be dissolved.
- The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross arrived in Myanmar to set up prison inspections and seek access to conflict-hit border areas.
- The U.S. envoy to Yemen said that Iran is working with southern secessionists in Yemen to expand its influence and destabilize the strategic region around the Straits of Hormuz.
- Unknown armed men have kidnapped four Chinese workers in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region.
- The United States helped France last week during an attempted rescue of a secret agent captured by insurgents in Somalia, President Obama confirmed in a letter to Congress.
- India’s army chief accused Pakistan of detailed planning of an attack along Kashmir’s de factor border last week in which two soldiers were killed and said India reserved the right to retaliate.
- Paris may be the city of love, but on Sunday several hundred thousand protesters marched against plans to legalize same sex marriage.
- Fourteen Pakistani soldiers were killed in a roadside attack on Sunday in North Waziristan.
- Italy’s Foreign Minister has condemned the shooting at the armored vehicle carrying Italy’s consul in Benghazi, Libya, on Saturday.
- As expected, Sri Lanka’s President has dismissed the country’s Chief Justice, despite widespread domestic and international protests.