International Organizations

U.S. Ambassador: Israel Expected to Boycott the United Nations Human Rights Council Next Week

January 24, 2013

“The Jewish state is scheduled to be in the dock of the Geneva rights forum on Tuesday, January 29 as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, the council’s regular scrutiny of all United Nations member states.”

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United Nations Security Council Approves Surveillance Drone Use for Peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

January 24, 2013

“The U.N. Security Council has given a green light for peacekeepers to use surveillance drones in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after weeks of delay over concerns of Russia, China and Rwanda about the use of aerial spy equipment.”

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United Nations: At Least 50,000 Refugees Waiting to Cross into Jordan from Syria

January 24, 2013

“A UN official told the BBC that up to 3,000 were arriving every day and at least 50,000 were waiting to cross.”

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United Nations Launches Inquiry into Civilians Killed by U.S. Drones

January 24, 2013

“Between 2004 and 2013, CIA drone attacks in Pakistan killed up to 3,461 people – up to 891 of them civilians, according to research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.”

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France: Situation in Syria is Stagnant With “No Positive Signs”

January 24, 2013

“”Things are not moving. The solution that we had hoped for, and by that I mean the fall of Bashar and the arrival of the coalition to power, has not happened,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in his annual New Year’s address to the press.”

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Economist Urges the United Kingdom to Consider Slowing Austerity Measures

January 24, 2013

“His comments come the day after the IMF cut its 2013 forecast for UK economic growth to 1% from the 1.1% predicted in October, and will put pressure on the chancellor as he prepares to deliver a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos later on Thursday.”

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Projects 3.5% Global Economic Growth in 2013

January 24, 2013

“The International Monetary Fund is projecting a modest rise in global economic growth for 2013, but also warning that problems in the eurozone and the United States could derail momentum.”

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European Union: Iran is Stalling on Diplomatic Talks

January 24, 2013

“EU officials have been in contact with Iranian negotiators repeatedly since December to try to prepare a new set of talks, which the West hopes will lead to Iran scaling back its nuclear work.”

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Projects the European Union (EU) will Remain in Recession in 2013

January 24, 2013

“The eurozone will stay in recession in 2013 with the currency area’s economy contracting by 0.2 percent, the International Monetary Fund predicts.”

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President Obama Proceeds With Nomination of General John Allen for NATO Commander in Europe

January 24, 2013

“Allen, the outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was ensnared in the scandal that prompted retired General David Petraeus to resign as CIA director last year after his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was exposed.”

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In His Speech About the European Union, British Prime Minister David Cameron Calls For a National Referendum

January 23, 2013

“Mr Cameron pledged that, if the Conservatives win the May 2015 election, a referendum would be held within the first half of the five-year parliament – which means by the end of 2017.”

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In Reaction to the UN Security Council’s Condemnation, North Korea Vows to Strengthen its Military and Nuclear Capabilities

January 23, 2013

“North Korea, in a statement early on Wednesday, pledged to bolster its “nuclear deterrent” and ruled out denuclearisation talks.”

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United Nations Security Council Condemns North Korea’s December Rocket Launch and Expands Existing U.N. Sanctions

January 23, 2013

“Specifically, the resolution imposes sanctions on a handful of North Korean companies, a bank and its space agency. Four individuals also were added to the blacklist.”

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United Nations Aid Organizations Seek $716 Million to Fund “Urgent” Humanitarian Aid in Yemen

January 22, 2013

“A new U.N. report also said that 10.5 million of Yemen’s 24 million people lacked sufficient food supplies, and 13 million had no access to safe water and basic sanitation.”

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France and Germany Promise to Present Joint Economic and Monetary Reform Proposal to the European Union

January 22, 2013

“Berlin and Paris have a different vision of a closer union, with Merkel favoring tighter central controls over budgets and Hollande seeking more solidarity.”

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