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Judges to Hear Oral Arguments in Charles Taylor Sentencing

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is expected to speak in his own defense on Wednesday as judges hear oral arguments in the sentencing phase of his war crimes trial. The U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone last month found Taylor guilty on 11 counts of crimes against humanity, including acts of terrorism, murder and rape. […]

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Australia Pledges $300 Million to Help Afghan Transition

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Australia has pledged to contribute $300 million to help sustain Afghan security forces after the withdrawal of foreign troops. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Wednesday that Australia would provide $100 million annually to Afghanistan for three years beginning in 2015. Foreign combat troops are scheduled to pull out of Afghanistan and transfer security to Afghan […]

Major Cuts in US Nuclear Arms Urged

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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A nuclear arms control advocacy group is calling on the United States to drastically reduce its stockpile of nuclear weapons. A special panel convened by the group Global Zero has issued a report urging the U.S. to cut its current nuclear arsenal to 900 total warheads, well below the 5,000 nuclear warheads currently in service. […]

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Mali Faces Worst Crisis in 50 Years: Rights Group

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says rebel groups who took control of northern Mali following a coup are committing serious human rights abuses, including sexual violence, murder and use of children as combatants. The British-based human rights group said Wednesday that Malian soldiers have also carried out arbitrary detentions and extra-judicial executions in the conflict, calling it Mali’s […]

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