Yemen law on child brides and FGM offers hope of wider progress
Yemen is poised to vote on a comprehensive Child Rights Act over the coming months, which would ban child marriage and female genital mutilation.
Iranian man challenges legality of detention on Manus Island
Papua New Guinea did not have a legal framework for refugees, nor was it fully committed to the United Nations refugee convention when Australia approved Manus Island for offshore processing, the High Court has been told.
US sanctions 12 Russians tied to Sergei Magnitsky death case
The Northern Ireland Assembly has rejected a motion calling for the introduction of same-sex marriage during a debate at Stormont. A total of 51 assembly members (MLAs) voted against the Sinn Féin motion, while 43 MLAs voted in favour.
America’s Guantánamo hostages
On 23 May 2013, President Barack Obama made the last major speech in which he again pledged to close Guantánamo Bay. His many pledges on the matter remain purely rhetorical.
Sudan faces mounting condemnation over pregnant woman’s death sentence
Sudan is facing mounting condemnation for sentencing a pregnant woman to be whipped and then hanged for adultery and apostasy, and for keeping her shackled in prison with her toddler son a month before she is due to give birth.
EU’s Georgieva sees genocide risk in Central African Republic
The conflict in the Central African Republic could slide into genocide if the international community fails to act. It is the first time that a top EU official has publicly raised the possibility that such killing could take place in the CAR.
South Sudan Leaders Sign Accord to End 5-Month Conflict
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace accord that seeks to end more than five months of fighting, as they met for the first time since the clashes began.
Syria crisis: Red Cross delivers food aid to Aleppo
The Syrian province of Aleppo is getting its first food aid for months, with rations delivered to 60,000 people in rebel- and government-held areas.
Russia and China veto UN move to refer Syria to ICC
Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have referred the conflict in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
S. Sudan refugees continue to stream into Ethiopia despite truce
Despite an agreement to implement a ceasefire recently signed in Addis Ababa between the two SPLM rival leaders, South Sudanese have continued to cross borders to Ethiopia in large numbers
Fighting rages in Kramatorsk as rebels clash with Ukraine troops
Fierce fighting between Ukraine government troops and rebels is continuing. In the cities of Kramatorsk and Slovyansk up to a dozen militia are said to have been killed with several soldiers reportedly wounded since 13 May.
5 suspected NPA insurgents killed in Sorsogon clash — military
At least five suspected members of the New People’s Army were killed in a predawn Friday encounter with soldiers in Sorsogon province, a military official said.
Congo: U.N. Protests Expulsions
United Nations officials on Monday demanded a halt to the expulsion of tens of thousands of citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo from the neighboring Congo Republic and called for an investigation into allegations of human rights violations.
Ukraine: Fierce fighting closes Donetsk airport, claims dozens of lives
A battle between pro-Russia separatists and government forces at Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine has claimed 40 lives, authorities said Tuesday, in what is the deadliest outbreak of violence yet in the flashpoint city.
Central African Republic: Security Council condemns latest wave of violence
Strongly condemning the latest wave of fighting in the Central African Republic, including Wednesday’s deadly attack in the capital, Bangui, on a church that was sheltering thousands of people, the United Nations Security Council today demanded that all armed groups put aside their weapons and take immediate steps “to end the cycle of violence and retaliation.”
Russia to file WTO lawsuit against EU energy laws
Russia is to file its second formal complaint against the EU with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over the EU’s so-called ‘Third Energy Package,’ according to reports on Wednesday (30 April).
India threatens to drag European Union to WTO over mango ban
Talking tough, India today threatened to drag the European Union to the World Trade Organization if the 28-nation bloc did not lift its ban on the import of Indian mangoes and vegetables.
Panel Appointed For WTO Mega-Case On Australia Tobacco Packaging
World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevêdo yesterday appointed three panellists to examine the dispute against an Australian public health measure requiring tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging in the country. A decision in the case will be forthcoming in six months.
EU seal product ban upheld in WTO appeal
Canada has lost its bid to have a European Union ban on seal products overturned, with the World Trade Organization’s appeals process upholding a EU decision that connected the trade ban to moral objections against the seal hunt.
US wins WTO luxury car ruling against China
The US has won a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling against China in a dispute over tariffs on US luxury cars.
Philippines Accuses China of Illegal Work on Disputed Spratly Islands
MANILA–China is undertaking illegal land reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands in violation of a longstanding pledge not to build on any of the South China Sea’s contested islands, the Philippines claimed on Wednesday.
South Korean navy fires warning shots as Kim Jong-Un’s boats cross into their territorial waters
South Korea’s navy has fired warning shots after three North Korean patrol boats crossed the maritime border into its territory, it was revealed today.
ONGC Videsh, Rosneft sign MoU on exploration on Russian continental shelf
The public sector ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) and Rosneft today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in exploration, appraisal and hydrocarbon production on the continental shelf of Russia.
Russia to send application to UN to expand Arctic shelf
According to the ministry, Minister Sergey Donskoy took part in the international conference “Geological Evolution of the Arctic Basin Structure” and spoke about the results of Russian geological, geophysical and bathymetric research in the Arctic Ocean. This information enabled Russian experts to reinforce their evidential base about the continental nature of the Earth’s crust in the region of the Arctic seas and draw up an updated version of an application to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.
China moves illegal oil rig to new area, still in Vietnam’s waters
China on Tuesday morning moved its illegal oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 in the Vietnamese waters to a new location, according to Xinhua News Agency.
The Climate Post: Upcoming EPA Power Plant Rule Stirs Speculation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is just days away from the release of its first-ever proposed rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. The rule will push states to cut pollution primarily from coal-fired generators. As many await details of the rule, The New York Times reports that sources familiar with proposal suggest that it will call for a 20 percent reduction.
Samsung ordered to pay Apple $119.6m
A jury in California delivered its verdict in a federal court in San Jose on Friday in the latest lawsuit involving the two tech giants. Apple had sought $2bn at the trial, accusing Samsung of violating patents on smart phone features. The court also ruled that Apple infringed Samsung’s patents and awarded $158,000 in damages.
California Fake-Goods Importers Sentenced to Prison
Kevin “Peter” Wang, of Rosemead, California, was sentenced to 31 months in prison for coordinating the importation of 11 containers of fake clothing, including counterfeit Nike, Gucci and Coach Products, valued at more than $2.3 million, the government said.
Apple Agrees With Google to Drop Smartphone Patent Suits
The two Silicon Valley technology giants said they are dropping lawsuits against one another and will work together to reform patent law. The suits to be dismissed involve patent disputes regarding Google’s Motorola Mobility handset unit.
US High Court Opens Door to More Copyright Suits
Music, movie, and television companies suffered a major defeat on 19 May, when the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The ruling will lead to a flood of new copyright infringement suits against these content companies, according to many experts. And content companies may not be the only losers.
Harmonizing Protection Of Black And White Trademarks In The EU
The intellectual property offices of the European Union, in their commitment to harmonise practices, recently published a Common Communication establishing a common practice on the scope of protection given to black and white trademarks in the EU.