Wikinews Shorts: January 28, 2012
A compilation of brief news reports for Saturday, January 28, 2012.
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EU official resigns over anti-piracy treaty
European Union on Thursday. He said "I will not participate in this masquerade."to the European Parliament has resigned yesterday in protest over the signing of the (ACTA) by 22 members of the
Reaction to the signing treaty, which has still to be ratified, was strong in Poland; thousands protested in and , and in the Polish Parliament members of the donned in protest.
Thewebsite maintains that "Anything you can do legally today is still legal after the ratification of ACTA."
- David Lee. "European Parliament rapporteur quits in Acta protest" — , January 27, 2012
- Charles Arthur. "Acta protests break out as EU states sign up to treaty" — , January 27, 2012
- "ACTA : un accord qui ne respecte pas le droit européen, signé par l’UE" — , January 27, 2012 (French)
- "ACTA - Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement" — , accessed January 28, 2012
French troops to end Afghan combat role a year early in 2013
Following the death of four French soldiers at the hands of an Afghan soldier last week, Sarkozy had threatened early withdrawal of French troops.
- "France to resume Afghan troop training despite attack" — , January 27, 2012
- "French Troops to Resume Training in Afghanistan" — , January 27, 2012
United States and Philippines discuss enhanced defense cooperation
The United States and the Philippines are discussing the possibility of enhanced defense cooperation, according to officials of both countries. However, there are no plans for bases along the lines of the former United States bases at and .
The talks come in the context of a shift of United States strategic focus toward Asia, and Chinese claims in the .
- "Manila not to bring back U.S. military bases in Philippines" — , January 27, 2012
- "Philippines seeks to strengthen US defence ties" — , January 27, 2012
- "No return of US bases" — , January 27, 2012