International Organizations

European Union Finance Ministers Sticking to Target for Cyprus to Raise 5.8 Billion Euros

March 18, 2013

“Euro-area finance ministers told Cyprus to raise 5.8 billion euros ($7.5 billion) from bank depositors to unlock emergency loans, maintaining the revenue target while suggesting sparing small-scale savers.”

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Egypt’s Ruling Muslim Brotherhood Party: United Nations’ Declaration on Women’s Rights Could Destroy Society

March 14, 2013

“Egypt has joined Iran, Russia and the Vatican – dubbed an “unholy alliance” by some diplomats – in threatening to derail the women’s rights declaration by objecting to language on sexual, reproductive and gay rights.”

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Greenland Prime Minister Threatens European Union to Block Preliminary Mineral Resources Deal

March 9, 2013

“To the dismay of many European politicians, China has been eyeing investments in the former Cold War ally of the West, which include iron, zinc and rare earth minerals.”

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Syrian Opposition Rebels Release 21 Detained United Nations Peacekeepers to Jordanian Forces

March 9, 2013

“The seizure of the troops on Wednesday increased fears that the Syrian conflict was causing instability in the sensitive border area. The peacekeepers are part of a four-nation force that patrols the disputed Golan area between Israel and Syria.”

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United Nations Peacekeeping Force Threatens to Stop Supporting Congolese Army Battalions Accused of Rape

March 8, 2013

“The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has threatened to stop supporting two Congolese army battalions unless soldiers accused of raping scores of women in an eastern town are prosecuted, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday.”

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United Nations Begins Talks With Syrian Rebels to Free Peacekeepers

March 7, 2013

“The 21 troops seized Wednesday are part of a United Nations force that was set up to patrol the demilitarized zone along Syria’s Golan frontier after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.”

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Syrian Opposition Rebels Capture 21 Filipino United Nations Peacekeepers

March 7, 2013

“Twenty-one Filipino UN peacekeepers were detained in Golan Heights on Wednesday. The UN and Arab League officials are reportedly negotiating with the Syrian rebels.”

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United Nations Security Council Approves New Sanctions Against North Korea

March 7, 2013

“The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation.”

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United Nations Security Council Considering Resolution to Increase Sanctions Against North Korea

March 5, 2013

“The United States and China introducing a resolution that would target North Korean bankers and overseas cash couriers, tighten inspections of suspect ship and air cargo and subject the country’s diplomats to invasive scrutiny and increased risk of expulsion.”

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Untied Nations: Colorado and Washington Legalization of Marijuana Violates International Drug Treaties

March 5, 2013

“The International Narcotics Control Board made its appeal in an annual drug report. It called on Washington, D.C., to act to “ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties on its entire territory.”"

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United States Ambassador Scolds Colleagues for Showing Up Drunk at United Nations Negotiations

March 5, 2013

“”On one occasion the note-taker who was meant to be recording the talks was so intoxicated he had to be replaced,” one unnamed diplomat told the press.”

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United Nations Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process Calls for Inquiry into Palestinian Prisoner’s Mysterious Death

February 25, 2013

“Mr. Jaradat, who was arrested on 18 February, died on Saturday, according to a statement released by the office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry.”

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Oxfam: World’s Largest Food Companies Failing to Meet Ethical Standards

February 25, 2013

“Oxfam has launched a Behind the Brand campaign in 12 countries calling on the public to use social media to put pressure on the companies to improve their policies.”

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United Nations and African Leaders Announce Framework to Combat Instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

February 24, 2013

“The new effort calls for greater cooperation between Congo’s neighbors — several of which are suspected of sponsoring violence inside Congo — and political changes by the “Congolese government.”

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Diplomats: Iran Upgrading Nuclear Uranium Enrichment Facilities

February 21, 2013

“Diplomats told The Associated Press on Wednesday, however, that installation was now well on its way, with inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency seeing close to 100 or more machines mounted when they toured the site a few days ago. “

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