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Nigeria Deploys 190 Troops to Mali Under a United Nations Security Council Resolution

January 17, 2013

“Nigeria will lead the West African regional force. It has promised to send a total of 900 troops as well as fighter jets.”

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United Nations: Violence in Sudan’s Darfur Region Has Killed 100 People and Displaced 100,000

January 17, 2013

“More than 100 people had died and around 70,000 people had been displaced by the fighting between rival Arab tribes that broke out in the Jebel Amer area last week, he added.”

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International Criminal Court Prosecutor Opens Investigation into Alleged War Crimes in Mali

January 17, 2013

“The investigation comes after human rights groups voiced concern about alleged abuses in northern Mali, which is controlled by Islamist militant groups.”

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Syria Allows the United Nations World Food Program to Increase Food Aid to Syria

January 17, 2013

“Syria’s government has authorized the UN World Food Program to extend its reach in the country where 2.5 million people are suffering from hunger.”

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Documents: Libya Paid Mauritania Nearly $200 Million for the Extradition of Libya’s Former Spy Chief Under Gaddafi

January 16, 2013

“Abdullah al-Senussi is wanted by the ICC on suspicion of orchestrating brutal reprisals during the 2011 uprising that led to the fall and death of Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the North African country with an iron fist for 42 years.”

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Over 50 Governments Call On the United Nations Security Council to Refer the Conflict in Syria to the International Criminal Court

January 16, 2013

“Switzerland sent a petition requesting the push for a war crimes investigation to the UN Security Council, which is the only body that can refer the case to the ICC in The Hague for investigation.”

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Serbia Holding Out for a Seat for Kosovo at the United Nations

January 15, 2013

“Serbia held out the chance of a seat at the United Nations for Kosovo on Tuesday, in what would mark a major concession to its former province as Belgrade tries to clear a path to joining the European Union.”

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United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency: Trying to Gain Access to Parchin Military Site in Iran This Week

January 15, 2013

“The International Atomic Energy Agency will seek to finalize a framework deal with Iran in Wednesday’s talks in Tehran that would enable it to relaunch its inquiry, IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts said.”

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Bolivia Re-Admitted to the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs with a Special Dispensation for Coca Leaves

January 15, 2013

“Fifteen countries objected to Bolivia’s special dispensation, far short of the 62 it would have taken to block the country from re-joining.”

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United Nations Security Council Unanimously Votes in Favor of France’s Military Intervention in Mali

January 15, 2013

“UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he hoped the intervention would help restore “Mali’s constitutional order and territorial integrity”.”

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United Nations Development Program’s Office of Evaluation Self-Assessment Criticizes the Program’s Effectiveness

January 14, 2013

“According to the document, UNDP’s efforts often have “only remote connections with poverty.” Its anti-poverty programs are “disconnected,” and are frequently “seriously compromised” by a lack of follow-up to help poor countries learn “what works and why.””

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United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay Calls for an International Investigation of North Korea

January 14, 2013

“The reclusive country’s network of political prison camps, believed to contain 200,000 people or more, were marked by rampant violations, including rapes, torture, executions and slave labor.”

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French United Nations Mission: France Calls U.N. Security Council Meeting to Discuss Mali on Monday

January 14, 2013

“Spokesman Brieuc Pont said in a tweet posted Sunday that the council will meet Monday afternoon “to examine the situation in Mali.” French troops have intervened to oust al-Qaida-linked Islamist extremists who control northern Mali.”

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United Nations: Violence Has Killed More Than 60,000 People in Syria

January 2, 2013

“A study commissioned by UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay collated data from seven different sources, and concluded that there had been 59,648 deaths until November 2012.”

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United Nations General Assembly Votes to Reconsider an International Treaty to Regulate Global Arms Trade

December 29, 2012

“The General Assembly set the final round of negotiations on the treaty for March 2013. While the results of the vote were not available, Reuters reported that diplomats said the U.S. voted in favor of the resolution.”

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