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UN Panel: China’s Dentention of Liu Xiaobo Violates International Law

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.N. human rights panel says China is violating international law by detaining dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and his wife. In an opinion published Monday, the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention says Beijing has not provided a sufficient justification for what it calls “interference with Liu Xiaobo’s political free speech.” […]

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UN Says Peacekeepers Will Remain in Darfur Another Year

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council says peacekeepers will stay in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region another year. The U.N. said Friday the additional time will allow for a review of how many troops are needed in the volatile region. The United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force (UNAMID) has been deployed in Darfur since 2008, protecting civilians and […]

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UN Appoints Special Sudan, South Sudan Envoy

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has appointed a special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan to help mediate remaining tensions between the newly-divided nations. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Friday the position would be filled by Haile Menkerios, who since last year served as the head of the U.N. mission in Sudan. The statement said Menkerios has […]

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UN: Burma Must Release Remaining Political Prisoners

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Secretary General says Burma’s government must release all remaining political prisoners as its first priority in improving its relations with the international community. According to a U.N. statement, Ban Ki-moon said Friday it was the “single most important step” the government should take. He welcomed the government’s recent reform measures, and said […]

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UN Report Says Eritrea Planned Attack on AU Summit

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations report says the Eritrean government planned a large scale attack on an African Union meeting earlier this year in Addis Ababa. The U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea says that if the attack was executed as planned there would have almost certainly been civilian casualties. It says the planned attack is […]

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UN Peacekeepers Deployed to Sudan’s Abyei Region

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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The top United Nations peacekeeping official says 500 troops have been deployed to the disputed Abyei region, which is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. Alain Le Roy told the Security Council Wednesday that he expects to have up to 1,200 troops in the region by Sunday. Le Roy says the situation in oil-rich […]

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UN Peacekeepers Deployed to Sudan’s Abyei Region

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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The top United Nations peacekeeping official says 500 troops have been deployed to the disputed Abyei region of Sudan. Alain Le Roy told the Security Council Wednesday that he expects to have up to 1,200 troops in the region by Sunday. Le Roy says the situation in oil rich Abyei remains tense. But he says […]

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Britain Starts One-Year Countdown to 2012 London Summer Olympics

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain launched the one-year countdown to the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London Wednesday with a day of festivities in the British capital and other cities around the globe. A huge countdown clock was unveiled in central London. International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge issued a formal invitation to all 202 nations with […]

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Palestinian President To Seek Full UN Membership, Calls for Protests

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for peaceful protests to support a September bid for full membership in the United Nations for a Palestinian state. Mr. Abbas met with the PLO Central Council Wednesday in the West Bank city of Ramallah to discuss the proposal to seek membership in the world body. He urged what […]

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One-year Countdown to 2012 Olympics Begins

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The British Foreign Office is holding events around the world to mark the one-year countdown to the beginning of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. At the United Nations in New York City, the British U.N. mission, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis unveiled an Olympic countdown clock. Lewis competed for […]

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