United Nations

Iran announces its intentions to build a nuclear submarine

July 14, 2012

“Any step that Iran takes along such a path will certainly increase global suspicions and destroy any progress made during negotiations that have been taking place with the UN.”

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Syrian Opposition Activists report a massacre by the Syrian Government in Tremseh that killed over 200 people

July 13, 2012

“The Syrian government also reported a mass killing in the village but said it was committed by armed terrorist groups, the official description for Mr. Assad’s opponents. It said at least 50 people were killed.”

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The United Nations Security Council opens negotiations over dueling resolutions pertaining to Syria

July 12, 2012

“The United States backs a resolution introduced by Britain that would extend the mission with a caveat: Harsh new sanctions would take effect immediately if a cease-fire did not take hold within 10 days and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government forces did not withdraw heavy weapons from population areas.”

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Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic rushed from a U.N. Courtroom to a hospital

July 12, 2012

“Mladic has previously complained of ill health and had two strokes during his 16 years as a fugitive, but has looked healthy and alert in court this week.”

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Rwanda President Paul Kagame rejects a United Nations report accusing Rwanda of supporting the Congo Rebels

July 12, 2012

“Mr. Kagame said he was in dialogue with his Congolese counterpart, Joseph Kabila, about the deteriorating security situation.”

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Israel condemns UNESCO’s decision to establish a chair at the Islamic University of Gaza

July 12, 2012

“Calling the institution “a breeding ground for terrorists”, Israel’s foreign ministry said Thursday that “(Palestinian militant group) Hamas uses Gaza University laboratories to develop and produce explosives and rockets and has even run a course on explosive making.””

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Russia opposes a United Nations Resolution that threatens non-military sanctions against Syria

July 12, 2012

“The Western-backed British draft threatens non-military sanctions against President Bashar Assad’s government if it doesn’t withdraw troops and heavy weapons from population centers within 10 days.”

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The United Nations Security Council strongly condemns attacks on UN Peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

July 8, 2012

“The Council called upon the DRC government to bring perpetrators to justice, and demanded the M23 and all armed groups immediately cease all forms of violence.”

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UNICEF: Chaos in Mali has led to the recruitment of child soldiers

July 8, 2012

“The United Nations child protection organization said at least 175 boys had been recruited as child soldiers in the region, prodded into fighting in the chaotic aftermath of a Tuareg rebellion.”

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Israel: United Nations Human Rights Council mission on West Bank settlements is “flawed and biased”

July 7, 2012

“The UN Human Rights Council, that has a large representation of Arab and Muslim regimes, has long been criticized for heavily focusing on Israel while doing little regarding places where people suffer from serious state violations of their human rights.”

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United Nations names French Judge Christine Chanet as the leader of a team to probe Israeli settlements

July 7, 2012

“The council said Israel’s planned construction of new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem undermined the peace process and posed a threat to the two-state solution and the creation of an independent Palestinian state.”

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Doctors Without Borders: Refugee Children in South Sudan dying at an ‘alarming’ rate

July 6, 2012

“Nine children are dying every day from preventable illnesses like diarrhea in an overcrowded, swampy refugee camp in South Sudan, and United Nations officials said Friday.”

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The United Nations calls for a billionaires’ tax to raise money for poor countries

July 6, 2012

“The annual World Economic and Social Survey says it is critical to find new ways to help the world’s poor as pledged cash fails to flow. The report estimates that the number of people around the globe worth at least $1 billion rose to 1,226 in 2012.”

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Libya releases from custody an International Criminal Court legal team accused of spying

July 3, 2012

“The ICC has indicted Saif, Muammar Gaddafi’s son who was captured last year, with crimes against humanity. The four ICC staff members came to Zintan last month on an official mission to speak to Saif about his defence rights.”

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United Nations Migration Chief: The European Union should “undermine national homogeneity”

June 24, 2012

“Peter Sutherland told peers the future prosperity of many EU states depended on them becoming multicultural. He also suggested the UK government’s immigration policy had no basis in international law.”

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