Colombia has announced it no longer recognises the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, in The Hague. The decision comes nine days after the ICJ redrew Colombia´s maritime border in the Caribbean in favour of Nicaragua. The court´s ruling ended a decades-long dispute over the San Andres islands. President Juan Manuel Santos said individual countries, and not courts of law, should fix their borders. Headline split by staff.
Comments: The islands were Colombian until 1980 when Daniel Ortega said they weren´t. If the ICJ can hand these islands over to Nicaragua, then they can just as easily hand the Falklands over to Argentina. Britain beware!
Colombia should pull out of the court and then TAKE OVER all of Nicaragua, wiping out Daniel Ortega, all his communism, and giving Nicaragua the good government it´s never known. In return, it can get its territorial waters back. What´s anyone gonna do about it?
What world powers and their voters elected the "judges" or authorized this so-called "International Court of Justice," in the Hague? Why would any sovereign country pay the slightest bit of attention to what they "decide" in their insignificant little country?
TOKYO/WARSAW - China, the EU and environmentalists criticized Japan at U.N. climate talks on Friday for slashing its greenhouse gas emissions target after its nuclear power industry was shuttered by the Fukushima disaster. The Japanese government on Friday decided to target a 3.8 percent emissions cut by 2020 versus 2005 levels. That amounts to a 3 percent rise from a U.N. benchmark year of 1990 and the reversal of the previous target of a 25 percent reduction. "Given that none of the nuclear reactors is operating, this was unavoidable," Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara said.
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Self-styled revolutionary "Carlos the Jackal" has lost an appeal against his life sentence for deadly attacks in France in the 1980s. The Venezuelan, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, has always denied playing any role in the bomb attacks that killed 11 people. But a court in Paris upheld his jail term on Wednesday. The 63-year-old, who is also serving a life sentence for a triple murder in 1975, was captured in Sudan in 1994. By that time he had earned global notoriety as a Marxist militant who masterminded deadly bomb attacks, assassinations and hostage-takings.
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Fiat (FIA.MI) and its U.S. unit Chrysler expect to roll out at least 100,000 Jeeps in China when production starts in 2014 as they seek to catch up with rivals in the world´s biggest car market. Output could double, the Italian carmaker´s Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne, without giving a precise timeframe. Chrysler, in which Fiat has a 58.5 percent stake, said on Tuesday it had agreed to make Jeeps in China with Guangzhou Automobile Group (601238.SS).
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