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Daily Dispatch: World news report (09/04)

April 9, 2013   ·   0 Comments

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In today’s Daily Dispatch, the top stories include the inauguration of Kenya’s new President, the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Iran and the killing of 5 UN peacekeepers in South Sudan.

Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in today as new President of Kenya. He still faces charges of crimes against humanity, despite this accusation US and European powers sent ambassadors to the inauguration ceremony.

In South Sudan a UN convoy has been attacked by rebels and five UN peacekeepers, Indian nationals, have been killed. Foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin confirmed today on Twitter: ‘Five peacekeepers from India with UNMISS [United Nations Mission in South Sudan] killed in ambush in Jonglei’. Since South Sudan’s independence in July 2011 Jonglei has seen widespread ethnic conflict.

North Korea has advised the 1.4 million foreigners on the Korean peninsula to consider evacuation as the Korean peninsula was headed for a ‘thermo-nuclear’ war. ‘The situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to a thermo-nuclear war’ said North Koreas official news agency.

Preparations for the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher have started in the UK. The ceremony with full military honours will take place on the 17th of April at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip are expected to attend the funeral together with dignitaries from all over the world.

Small villages in Bushehr province, Iran, were hit by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, at least 32 people died and more than 850 are left injured. The earthquake destroyed one village, but the Bushehr nuclear plant situated nearby remained undamaged: ‘Iran has informded [the IAEA's Incident and Emergency Centre] of the event, reporting that there has been no damage to the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and no radioactive release from the installations’, reported IAEA.

Syrian President Bashir al-Assad rejected a chemical weapons team proposed by UN chief Ban Ki-moon, in order to enquire the use of chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict in Syria. Rebels and the Syrian government are accusing each other of using chemical weapons in an attack on 19th of March in the village of Khan al-Assal in the North of Syria.

Stephanie Rutz

Stephanie recently graduated from King's College London with a MA in International Relations, focusing on Middle Eastern politics. Her areas of interest are the Arab Spring and democratic trends in the MENA region, such as the implementation of democratic institutions (electoral systems) and the public perception of such. For her dissertation she critically engaged with parliamentary elections in Iraq and their contribution towards democratisation.
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