International Organizations

Brussels Summit Chair Herman Van Rompuy Urges Compromise on the European Union (EU) Budget

February 8, 2013

“The Brussels summit chair, Herman Van Rompuy, urged them to compromise and keep the EU budget focused on growth, innovation and creating jobs.”

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United Nations Report: Cost of Corruption Rises Sharply in Afghanistan

February 7, 2013

“It said the amount rose in 2012 to $3.9bn, twice the country’s domestic revenue and that 50% of Afghans were paying bribes compared to 58% in 2009.”

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European Central Bank Helps Put Ireland On Track For European Union and International Monetary Fund Loans

February 7, 2013

“Ireland struck a long-awaited deal on Thursday to ease the burden of debts it took on to rescue its banking system in a way that will cut its budget deficit and borrowing needs and put it on track to end its reliance on EU-IMF loans this year.”

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European Central Bank Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged at 0.75%

February 7, 2013

“Many analysts do not expect the ECB to alter rates from their current record low until next year at the earliest.”

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International Criminal Court Orders Extradition of Gaddafi’s Former Spy Chief From Libya

February 7, 2013

“They would decide later how to respond if the North African state continues to hold Senussi, the judges added. The court has the power to refer the matter to the U.N. Security Council.”

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NATO Helicopter Crashes in Eastern Afghanistan; No Fatalities

February 7, 2013

“Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed the helicopter was shot down by the group’s fighters in the Tagab district of Kapisa province.”

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European Union Proposes New Rules Requiring the Reporting of Cyber Security Breaches

February 7, 2013

“Over 40,000 firms, including energy providers, banks and hospitals could be required to report cyber-break-ins under new rules proposed by the EU.”

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U.S. Judge Dismisses Iraq Lawsuit Over the United Nations Oil For Food Scandal Under

February 7, 2013

“U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan said the government of Iraq could not recover damages and other remedies under an anti-racketeering law because most of the wrongful conduct took place in foreign countries.”

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European Union Leaders Hold Two-Day Conference in Brussels to Negotiate an EU Budget

February 7, 2013

“The UK, Germany and other northern European nations want to lower EU spending to mirror the cuts being made by national governments across the continent.”

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France Asks United Nations Security Council to Consider a Peacekeeping Force in Mali

February 7, 2013

“France’s U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters that he started discussions on the issue during closed council consultations on Mali, but insisted that a U.N. force would deploy only when security conditions permit.”

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World Leaders at Brussels Conference Discuss Mali Intervention

February 5, 2013

“They will also discuss the security and humanitarian situation in the wake of last year’s coup and the current offensive against Islamist militants.”

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United Nations: 2 Civilians in Northeastern Mali Killed by Land Mine or IED Explosion

February 5, 2013

“There are signs that the Islamic rebels are beginning a guerrilla-type of conflict from their desert retreats as land mine explosions have killed four Malian soldiers and two civilians throughout the northern region in recent days.”

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Vice President Biden: United States and France Agree on Need for a United Nations Mission in Mali

February 4, 2013

“He said the US “stands with France and other partners in Mali” and “provides intelligence support, transportation for the French and African troops and refueling capability for French aircraft,” there.”

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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Travels to Liberia for a United Nations Panel on International Development

January 31, 2013

“Mr Cameron becomes the first British prime minister to visit Liberia, where he will jointly chair the High Level Panel with the country’s president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.”

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United Nations: Fighting in Sudan’s Darfur Region Displaces Over 100,000 People

January 31, 2013

“This month heavy fighting broke out between two Arab tribes over gold in the Jebel Amer area in North Darfur, displacing or severely affecting 100,000 people, the United Nations said.”

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