13 Feb Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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- The UN has urged Sudan to strengthen human rights efforts with respect to two recently detained political opposition figures.
- Rebels have captured Syria’s biggest hydro-electric dam and battled army tank units near the center of Damascus.
- Libya has claimed it is competent to try ex-spy chief under Gaddafi’s regime, Abdullah al-Senussi, though the ICC has called for his extradition to The Hague.
- The lower house of the French parliament has approved a bill 320-299 to legalize same-sex marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children.
- The UN is hoping to reach an agreement on the deployment of peacekeepers to Mali in a matter of weeks.
- Islamist insurgents have attacked a military base in the South of Thailand.
- Since the beginning of the year, the Syrian conflict is estimated to have costed another 9000 lives, bringing the total death toll close to 70000.
- An Australian documentary claims that Prisoner X who committed suicide in an Israeli jail in 2010 was a dual Australia-Israeli citizen who was a Mossad agent. The NYTimes has a summary of the case and of the gag orders that have stopped Israeli media from reporting on it. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has ordered a review into how much the Australian government knew.
- Italy’s former intelligence chief and his deputy have been convicted to considerable prison terms over their involvement in a 2003 extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric Abu Omar.
- A Human Rights Watch report details the illegality of airstrikes in Gaza by Israel in the November 2012 bombing campaign, finding 14 strikes to have no indication of a legitimate military target; at least 43 civilians were killed, 12 of whom were children.
- Micah Zenko at Foreign Policy offers a piece about why the Pentagon hates Obama’s drone war.