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UN calls for creation of special court to investigate alleged atrocities during Sri Lankan civil war

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The U.N.'s top human rights official is urging the creation of a special court to look into atrocities committed during Sri Lanka's long civil war, which left tens of thousands dead. Zeid Raad al-Hussein pointed to horrific abuses during the conflict, including torture, executions, and sexual

US sanctions UN agency under whistle-blower law in unprecedented move

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EXCLUSIVE: The U.S. State Department has taken a symbolic step to withhold money from a United Nations organization, in order to show concern about the ethical standards and whistle-blower protection at the scandal-tarred World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO. The amount of money involved is puny --

UN Chief calls for Syria to be referred to International Criminal Court

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The U.N. secretary-general for the first time called Monday for the situation in Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court, as world leaders including President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin were addressing a global gathering with conflict at center stage. Ban Ki-moon's

US pledges more than 40,000 troops to UN peacekeeping

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President Barack Obama on Monday announced notable steps to upgrade U.N peacekeeping, with his administration saying more than 50 countries have pledged to contribute more than 40,000 new troops and police to serve in some of the world's most volatile areas. But there was no sign

UN report on web harassment could open door to gov’t control of Internet, critics warn

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Buried at the end of a wonkish UN report about problems women face online last month was a proposal that free speech advocates say could lay the groundwork for a government grab of the web. The report, titled “Cyber Violence against Women and Girls: A Worldwide

UN fireworks? Ukraine to sit with Russia on powerful Security Council

11 November, 2015 No Comments

Ukraine won a seat on the United Nations Security Council Thursday, giving the country a new platform to spar diplomatically with permanent member Russia. Four other countries -- Egypt, Japan, Senegal and Uruguay -- also were elected to the council. All five countries were unopposed in

UN reportedly drops push to decriminalize all drug use after Branson leak

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A United Nations office had drafted a proposal to decriminalize all drug use and possession around the world, but withdrew the plan amid backlash, BBC reports. Billionaire business mogul Richard Branson had revealed the statement on the website for his company, Virgin. He said the

Hurricane Kate forms north of Bermuda

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Hurricane Kate formed in the Atlantic Ocean north of Bermuda, becoming the fourth hurricane of the Atlantic season, the National Hurricane Center announced Wednesday. The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday were near 75 miles per hour. Forecasters say it is not expected to hit the United

Not so friendly: Germany spied on FBI, US arms companies, report claims

11 November, 2015 No Comments

German public radio station rbb-Inforadio reported Wednesday that the country's foreign intelligence agency spied on the FBI and U.S. arms companies, adding to a growing list of targets among friendly nations the agency allegedly eavesdropped on. The station claimed that Germany's BND also spied on the

UN deal clears way for satellite tracking of jets to prevent another Malaysia Airlines disaster

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A deal reached at a U.N. meeting on Wednesday opens the way for satellite tracking of airliners, a major breakthrough motivated by the mystery disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner last year. The agreement allows nations to set aside radio frequencies so that airplanes can be

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