World News Today: July 30, 2012

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Today’s world news round-up. An independent breakdown of notable global developments in a news update.

S.Korea activists seek UN ‘China torture’ probe Agence France Presse

“A South Korean rights group said on Monday it would ask the United Nations to investigate the alleged torture of a Seoul activist detained in China after helping North Korean refugees there.”

Mali Islamists stone unmarried couple to death – Agence France Presse

““I was there. The Islamists took the unmarried couple to the center of Aguelhok. The couple was placed in two holes and the Islamists stoned them to death,” a local government official said on condition of anonymity.”

“Putin is working to make the submarines and the missiles they will carry a cornerstone of the Russian navy, which will receive nearly a quarter of the 20 trillion roubles to be spent by the end of the decade.”

Arms treaty must wait after UN agreement fails – CBS News

“”This was stunning cowardice by the Obama administration, which at the last minute did an about-face and scuttled progress toward a global arms treaty, just as it reached the finish line,” said Suzanne Nossel, executive director of Amnesty International USA.”

Mitt Romney cheered in Poland, endorsed by Walesa – Kansas City Star

“”I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too. Gov. Romney, get your success – be successful,” Walesa said emphatically.”
And then there is this little thing called the 2012 London Olympics

London Olympics: US catches China in total medal count – Christian Science Monitor

So far, London Olympics wins gold medal for gaffes – FOX News

Referring to an incident where the North Korean athletes refused to take the podium after a South Korea flag was displayed:
Britons, at least, are quick to see the humor. Opticians Specsavers ran a full-page ad displaying the two completely different-looking Korean flags and suggesting that anyone who can’t tell the difference should stop by for a checkup.