TRNS News Notes By Victoria Jones
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Iran celebrates Republic Day (without a nuclear deal) and Palestine’s membership in the International Criminal Court becomes official.
A big upset in Nigeria’s presidential elections, the Iranian nuclear deadline comes and goes and the U.S. releases its international climate commitments.
“Had they been sentenced under current laws and policies, many of these individuals would have already served their time and paid their debt to society,” a statement released by the White House reads.
President Obama had issued a video message last Monday, urging the Nigerian people to shun violence, with the State Dept. congratulating the people of Nigeria “who exercised their civic duty by going to the polls.”
Echoing the White House, State spokeswoman Marie Harf said that ”we’ve made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday. There are several difficult issues still remaining.”