International Organizations

Roadside Bomb Kills 2 Polio Workers in Northwestern Pakistan

January 31, 2013

“The explosion struck as the two workers, with a United Nations-backed campaign, were traveling by motorcycle near Parachinar in the Kurram District, near the border with Afghanistan.”

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United Nations Human Rights Council: Israel Settlements Violate Human Rights of Palestinians

January 31, 2013

“In its report to the 47-nation council, a panel of investigators said Israel is violating international humanitarian law under the Fourth Geneva Convention, one of the treaties that establish the ground rules for what is considered humane during wartime.”

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NATO Chief: Defense Spending Cuts Could Endanger NATO’s “Military Power and Global Influence”

January 30, 2013

“Anders Fogh Rasmussen is also expected to warn in his annual report, due out later on Thursday, that too deep defense cuts could worsen the West’s economic crisis by weakening defense industries that are key drivers of innovation, jobs and exports.”

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United Nations World Tourism Organization: Global Tourism Expected to Increase in 2013

January 30, 2013

“International tourist arrivals crossed the 1 billion mark for the first time in 2012, with visitor numbers swelling 4 percent.”

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Israel Becomes the First Country to Skip its United Nations Human Rights Review

January 29, 2013

“Representatives from Israel did not appear at a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday for a report by the council as part of what is known as the Universal Periodic Review process, in which all 193 member states had previously participated.”

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Lakhdar Brahimi to the United Nations Security Council: Syria “Breaking Up Before Everyone’s Eyes”

January 29, 2013

“”Unprecedented levels of horror have been reached. The tragedy does not have an end,” Mr Brahimi told a closed meeting of the 15-member council, according to diplomats.”

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40 British Troops Deployed to Mali in a Training Role

January 29, 2013

“Up to 350 UK troops are to be deployed in total to Africa, all in non-combat roles, Sky News understands. This is part of a UN-led mission. The UK has already sent two C-17 transport aircraft to help ferry troops and equipment around.”

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United Nations: Syrian Refugees Exceed 700,000

January 29, 2013

“More than 700,000 Syrian refugees have registered in neighboring countries or await processing there, and aid workers are struggling to keep up with the exodus, the United Nations said on Tuesday.”

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United Nations Envoy to Syria Expected to Offer a “Bleak” Forecast for the End of the Syrian Conflict

January 29, 2013

“French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told an emergency gathering of representatives of 50 nations that Syria faces collapse and the “risk of extremist groups gaining ground” in the Middle East.”

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International Monetary Fund Approves $18.4 Million Loan to Mali

January 28, 2013

“The IMF first announced in November that it had agreed on a loan with Mali, subject to board approval.”

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United Nations: Lack of Funding May Further Limit Food Rations For Syrian Refugees

January 28, 2013

“About four million Syrians rely on international assistance to cope with fallout from the 22-month old conflict in which the UN estimates more than 60,000 people have died. Many of them get daily food rations.”

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African Leaders Fail to Sign a United Nations-Mediated Peace Deal in Eastern Congo

January 28, 2013

“The agreement was to include the deployment of several thousand extra soldiers to tackle armed militias in the mineral-rich east. The brigade would fight under the banner of the U.N.’s MONUSCO peacekeeping force.”

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Myanmar Reaches Deal With International Lenders to Cancel $6 Billion in Government Debt

January 28, 2013

“The country also cleared its arrears to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with the help of a bridge loan from Japan, removing another crucial hurdle for the resumption of international aid.”

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White House and U.S. Industries Resisting European Push for Internet Consumer Data Privacy

January 25, 2013

“Privacy advocates have embraced a bill before the European Parliament as their best chance to win a range of protections that have failed to gain political traction in Washington.”

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4 Republican U.S. Senators: Potential U.S.-European Union Free Trade May Harm U.S. Agriculture

January 25, 2013

“Four Republican farm state U.S. senators on Thursday expressed concern that possible free trade talks between the United States and European Union may not dismantle longstanding EU barriers to U.S. pork, beef, poultry and other farm products.”

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