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UN Issues Arrest Warrants in Hariri Murder

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Lebanese media report the United Nations backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has issued four arrest warrants and a sealed indictment to Lebanon’s prosecutor general. The reports say at least two of the arrest warrants are for members of the Hezbollah militant group. Lebanon’s former prime minister Saad Hariri […]

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Former Lebanese PM: Hariri Indictment ‘Historic Moment’

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Lebanon’s former prime minister Saad Hariri says the indictments issued Thursday by a U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of his father mark a “historic moment.” The international tribunal based in The Hague issued four arrest warrants and a sealed indictment to Lebanon’s prosecutor general. Reports say at least two of the arrest warrants are […]

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UN Warns of Food Crisis in Somalia

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations official says Somalia is facing a food crisis because of a drought and rising food prices. The U.N. humanitarian cordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden said Wednesday,the situation is “rapidly deterorirating” and that many lives may be lost to malnutrition without an adequate response. Bowden says the cost of food has jumped 270 […]

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UN Chief Calls For Credible and Violence-Free Thai Election

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging all parties in Thailand’s Sunday election to act in a credible and fair manner and to “accept and respect the will of the people as expressed at the ballot box.” In a statement issued in New York Wednesday, Mr. Ban said he is following the election closely and […]

UN Agency Warns of Electoral Violence in Asia

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations agency is calling for strong oversight and other measures to strengthen election credibility in Asia, saying the risk of electoral violence is high in the region. In a report released Wednesday, the U.N. Development Program says even the suspicion of election fraud can be enough to spark violence in democracies where the […]

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UN: ‘Utter Devastation’ on Sudan’s North-South Border

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.N. human rights official says clashes along Sudan’s north-south border have caused “utter devastation” in the region. The U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-wha Kang, says urgent action is needed to prevent the violence from spreading and to protect civilians caught in the unrest. Kang, who visited the region last week, […]

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UN Extends Congo Peacekeeping Mission

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Security Council has extended the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo for another year. In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the council said any force reduction should depend on a decrease of violence in Congo’s volatile east. It also said any change to the nearly 20,000-strong force should […]

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UN Athorizes Peacekeeping Force for Sudan’s Abyei Region

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to authorize a six-month deployment of 4,200 peacekeeping troops to Sudan’s disputed Abyei region. Ethiopia has agreed to provide the troops. The Security Council resolution adopted Monday also calls on U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon to ensure that effective human rights monitoring is carried out in Abyei. U.S. […]

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UN to Deploy 4,200 Troops to Sudan’s Abyei Area

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has approved the deployment of 4,200 peacekeeping troops to Sudan’s contested Abyei region. The Security Council on Monday adopted a resolution calling for the troops to be deployed in Abyei for at least six months. Ethiopia has agreed to provide the personnel, following a request from both north and south […]

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Brazilian Elected Head of UN Food Agency

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Brazilian professor has been elected the new head of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Jose Graziano da Silva won on the second ballot during voting Sunday at the agency’s headquarters in Rome , beating out Spain’s former foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. Graziano is taking over the FAO at a time of high […]

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