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US: Annan’s resignation Highlights Russia and China’s Failures in Security Council

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says Kofi Annan’s resignation as UN envoy to Syria highlights the failure by Russia and China to back meaningful resolutions in the Security Council. Spokesman Jay Carney says the Russian and Chinese vetoes of three anti-Assad drafts are highly regrettable and put both nations on the wrong side of history. Mr. Annan […]

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US Jobless Rate Improves For Some

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. unemployment has stayed stubbornly high for the past couple of years, and is expected to remain around 8.2 percent on Friday when government experts publish new data showing the jobless rate for July. While the job picture in the overall economy seems stalled, a survey of a couple hundred recruiters by the MRINetwork shows […]

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UN Condemns Murder of Somali Comedian

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations’ envoy to Somalia is strongly condemning the murder of a well-known Somali comedian apparently for his sarcastic remarks about al-Shebab Islamic extremists. Abdi Jeylani Malaq, known as Marshale, was shot dead outside his home in Mogadishu Tuesday. No one has claimed responsibility. U.N. envoy Augustine Mahiga calls the killing “simply unacceptable.” He […]

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Envoy Kofi Annan Resigns Amid Syria Violence

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Kofi Annan says he is quitting his role as the U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria, as violence from the country’s 17-month-long uprising continues to spiral out of control. Mr. Annan said Thursday that the increasing militarization on the ground and a lack of unity in the U.N. Security Council had changed the circumstances […]

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Sudans Fail to Settle Disputes by UN Deadline

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Sudan and South Sudan have failed to meet a United Nations deadline to settle their differences, and now negotiators are working with the additional pressure of potential sanctions. The U.N. Security Council gave the sides until August 2 to settle issues on citizenship, oil revenue, and border demarcation that remain unresolved 13 months after the […]

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Activist Groups Urge Next US President to Focus on Rights

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Human rights groups say the next U.S. president faces several critical challenges in advancing human rights. Those challenges include preventing genocide and atrocities, protecting human rights at home and abroad, fair treatment of immigrants and refugees, and ending gender-based violence. The Freedom House, the Connect US Fund, Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Working […]

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Envoy Kofi Annan Resigns Amid Syria Violence

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Kofi Annan says he is quitting his role as the U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria, as violence from the country’s 17-month-long uprising continues to spiral out of control. Mr. Annan said Thursday that the increasing militarization on the ground and a lack of unity in the U.N. Security Council had changed the circumstances […]

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British Rockers Call for Release of Russian Opposition Band

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Leading British musicians, including Pete Townsend of The Who, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdin and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, are calling on Russia to free three members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot, who are on trial in Moscow on hooliganism charges. In an open letter published in The Times of […]

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Egypt Swears in New Cabinet

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has sworn in a new Cabinet, which includes key positions for holdovers from former President Hosni Mubarak’s era. The swearing-in ceremony for the 35-minister Cabinet took place on Thursday, about a month after Mr. Morsi’s inauguration. Some officials from the previous government retained key positions, including Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi […]

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Afghan Forces Thwart Attack on Kabul

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities say security forces have thwarted a major attack on the Afghan capital, after killing five insurgents in an early morning gunbattle. Intelligence agency spokesman Latifullah Mashal said Afghan forces Thursday raided a compound in eastern Kabul, where the insurgents linked to the militant Haqqani network had gathered to prepare for an attack. He said […]

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