International Organizations

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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Russia and the Arab League Propose Direct Talks Between Syrian Government and Opposition Rebels

February 20, 2013

“Mr Lavrov said the Kremlin and the Arab League wanted to establish direct contact between the Syrian government and the opposition.”

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North Korea Threatens South Korea With “Final Destruction”

February 19, 2013

“North Korea threatened South Korea with “final destruction” during a debate at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday, saying it could take further steps after a nuclear test last week.”

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European Union Partially Lifts Arms Embargo on Syrian Rebels at the Request of Great Britain

February 18, 2013

“Details of what will be allowed in practice must still be determined, but diplomats said governments could offer advice on bolstering security or holding back Assad’s forces, for example.”

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United Nations Security Council “Strongly Condemns” North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013

“A united U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea’s nuclear test and pledged further action Tuesday, calling Pyongyang’s latest defiant act “a clear threat to international peace and security.”"

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United Nations Security Council to Hold an Emergency Meeting to Discuss and Address North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013

“South Korea’s U.N. Mission informed reporters early Tuesday that the closed-door meeting will begin at 9 a.m. (1400 GMT). South Korea joined the Security Council in January for a 2-year term and currently holds the council’s rotating presidency.”

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President Obama Condemns North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test, Promising “Firm Action” in Response

February 12, 2013

“We will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our Six-Party partners, the United Nations Security Council, and other UN member states to pursue firm action.”

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MSF Report: Lebanon Should Offer Free Medical Care to Syrian Refugees

February 9, 2013

“In a report, MSF criticized both the Lebanese government and U.N. refugee agency for what it called slow and problematic procedures for Syrians to register as refugees, a necessary step to receive food and other assistance.”

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European Union Leaders Meeting at Brussels Conference Reach Agreement on Broad 7-Year Budget Framework

February 8, 2013

“The officials said around 12 billion euros would be cut from the last budget proposal, made at a summit in November when agreement eluded leaders, bringing the headline ceiling for spending down to 960 billion over the full 2014-2020 plan.”

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European Central Bank President’s Concerns About Currency Push Euro Value Even Lower

February 8, 2013

“Mario Draghi said on Thursday that the exchange rate is important for growth and price stability and that he wants to see “whether the appreciation is sustained and will alter our risk assessment as far as price stability is concerned.”

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