In Case You Missed It: Last Week’s International News, Today

93 years

Shimon Peres passed away on September 28th at the age of 93. Peres was former Prime Minister and President of Israel as well as the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.


In a first for the Obama Administration, Congress overrode a presidential veto on the controversial Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act which allows victims and relatives of victims of the September 11th attacks to bring suit against Saudi Arabia. President Obama warned about potential international fallout and many in Congress have already backpedaled on the override.


The International Civil Aviation Organization’s rejected Taiwan’s application for participation in the annual assembly, mainly due to China’s objection.


Hungary held a referendum on the European Union’s attempt to mandate refugee quotas of member states. Hungary would accept 1,295 asylum seekers under the EU’s plan. Though only 43% of eligible Hungarians voted (shy of the 50% needed for the vote to be valid), 98% of those that did vote rejected the EU plan. It is unclear whether the Hungarian government will hold the vote valid regardless.

54,000 votes

Despite low turnout, Columbians voted to reject the FARC deal reached between the group and the government. Opponents protested allowing FARC leaders to avoid prosecution for the damage and violence they have caused.


The United Nations declined to set up an independent probe into violations in the conflict in Yemen, instead reaching a deal in which UN investigators will be attached to the Yemeni government. A representative from Human Rights Watch said the deal “fell short.”

$413 million

New York hedge fund Och-Ziff will pay over $400 million in a penalty for bribes to government officials in Libya, Chad, Niger, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


In Case You Missed It: Last Week’s International News, Today

The BJIL blog team is starting a new weekly series to go over headlines that caught our attention in the previous week. Let us know in the comments any stories you have been reading.

52 Years

The Columbian government and FARC have signed a pact to end a 52-year war. FARC conditionally turned in their weapons, but are receiving recognition as political party.


Hundreds of migrants are believed to have drowned after a boat carrying up to six hundred people capsized off the coast of Egypt. According to the UN, more than 10,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean toward Europe since 2014, according to the UN.

$14.5 billion

Companies continue to come under fire for hiding assets in tax havens. Apple faces having to pay $14.5 billion in back taxes.

2 Summits

Two Summits were held last week to address the growing refugee and migrant crisis.

20 people

An airstrike on an aid convey outside Aleppo killed 20 people. This strike occurred shortly after a negotiated cease-fire.

October 13th  

An Anti-Brexit Group is challenging the legality of the referendum by saying that the decision needs to go to Parliament. The hearing begins on October 13th.


Prime minister Narendra Modi has announced that India will ratify COP21, the climate deal created in Paris last year, that aims to stymie global warming. India is the 4th largest contributor to greenhouse gases.