UN report condemns US use of assassination drones
A UN investigator has condemned the use of deadly
drones by the United States, questioning the legality of such
attacks that have led to the death of thousands of people. Christof
Heyns, a UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial summary or arbitrary
executions, said that the US should clarify its policy of drone
assassinations and targeted killings. In a report to the UN Human
Rights Council, the UN official urged the Obama Administration to
abide by international laws and ensure accountability and justice
for victims of the attacks.
China, India step up global role with fund
After years of pressure to take a greater role
in global affairs, China and India have stepped up by contributing
to a new IMF emergency fund -- from which the United States is
absent. China, India and other emerging economies made commitments
to a fund during a summit in Mexico of the Group of 20, a club
formed during the 2008 global economic crisis that aims to give a
bigger say to developing powers.
Landmark Rio summit opens
World leaders opened a UN summit in Rio De
Janeiro Wednesday where they are set to endorse a blueprint for
eradicating poverty and protecting the environment that critics
insist is a threadbare compromise. Some 92 leaders, including the
host, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and UN chief Ban Ki-moon
are attending the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development.
Oxford University to honour Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi was to be awarded an honorary
doctorate by Oxford University on Wednesday in the city where she
studied and brought up the family she would later leave behind. The
Myanmar democracy icon will be presented with an honorary doctorate
in civil law at the prestigious seat of learning where she studied
politics, philosophy and economics in the mid-1960s.