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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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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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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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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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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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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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