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UK will change tack on UN motions criticising Israel, says Jeremy Hunt

Policy will be to vote against claims of rights abuses by Israel brought under special protocolThe UK will oppose motions criticising rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza that are brought to the UN’s human rights council under a special procedure dedicated to Israel’s behaviour in the occupied territories, Jeremy Hunt has said.The move is likely to delight the Trump administration, which quit the human rights council in June last year, citing its approach to Israel. It also appears aimed at c...
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UN food agency cites progress in Yemen

CAIRO (AP) — The head of the U.N.’s World Food Program says progress has been made in Yemen, months after he accused Houthi rebels of stealing food from the hungry by diverting aid. David Beasley, the executive director of the WFP, nevertheless told The Associated Press in Cairo on Thursday that Yemen is “far from […]
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Kiwis Rush to NZ Gun Shops in Anticipation of New Gun Laws

Opinion While some New Zealanders are turning in guns to police, others are rushing to gun shops to buy semi-auto rifles in anticipation of new gun control laws. (Dave Workman) USA – -( Instead of rushing to turn in their guns in the aftermath of the double mosque attacks in Christchurch, reports from New Zealand indicate that many of the island nation’s citizens are actually rushing to gun stores in the anticipation of a ban that might be coming from Prime Minister Jacinda Ard...
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U.S. envoy blames Houthis for Yemen peace deal delays

The U.S. ambassador to Yemen blamed the Iran-aligned Houthi movement on Thursday for the stalling of a U.N.-led peace deal in the main port of Hodeidah and said the group's weapons pose a threat to other countries in the region. The Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthis reached a ceasefire and troop withdrawal deal for Hodeidah, which is under Houthi control, at talks in Sweden in December. "We are greatly frustrated by what we see as delays and stalling on the part of the Houthis in ...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Iran, Un, Yemen, Aden, Houthis, Matthew Tueller

Finland UN official Kai Sauer slams Nikki Haley over her health care remarks

Finland's Kai Sauer defended the country after former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley appeared to criticize the country's health care. system.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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UN to explore wave of deaths linked to food aid porridge in Uganda

World Food Programme halts distribution of fortified cereal as four people die and hundreds suffer suspected food poisoningThe World Food Programme and Ugandan government have launched an investigation into deaths linked with the distribution of fortified porridge to refugees and people suffering from malnourishment.The health ministry was alerted to reports of possible food poisoning among people who had consumed Super Cereal, a blended food designed to prevent malnutrition, in the north-east r...
Tags: Africa, World news, Uganda, Hunger, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, North East, Karamoja, World Food Programme, Global Health

UN court increases Karadzic's genocide sentence to life imprisonment

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic's sentence for genocide has been increased by appeal judges at a UN court in the Hague, Netherlands, from 40 years to life imprisonment.
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New shipping rules leave oil traders strangely paralysed | Financial Times

New shipping rules leave oil traders strangely paralysed | Financial Times:It does not take a huge shift in supply or demand to unsettle the 100m barrel-a-day global oil market, with most of the big price swings of the past two decades caused by one side of the equation moving out of alignment by 2 per cent or less.So it’s little surprise that a looming shift in the global shipping fuel market, which makes up about 3 per cent of the total oil market, has caught the attention of traders.The Inter...
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UN Libya envoy hopes reconciliation talks will bring stability

Ghassan Salamé warns conference failure will bring more violence to divided countryThe United Nations will stage a long-awaited national reconciliation conference in the Libyan town of Ghadames on 14-16 April, but there are growing signs that the military strongman Khalifa Haftar is capable of taking control of the country by force, including the capital, Tripoli.The UN special envoy Ghassan Salamé said that all Libya’s political groups had been invited to the the conference, which he described ...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Libya, Un, Tripoli, UN Libya, Khalifa Haftar, Ghadames, Ghassan Salamé

Sri Lanka averts rift spilling over to UN rights session

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s leader has kept his country’s political rift from spilling over to a U.N. human rights council meeting this week by abandoning plans to oppose the prime minister’s decision to co-sponsor a resolution giving the nation more time to address war crime allegations stemming from its civil war. On […]
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Proposed $1 billion underwater pipeline will send fracked gas to NYC

There is a war brewing over the development of a new underwater pipeline in New York City. The proposed project would send fracked gas to the city, a move environmentalists claim would greatly contribute to global warming. An Oklahoma company called Williams has proposed an ambitious plan to construct a 23-mile pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York. The project, which will cost around $1 billion, will connect with an existing pipeline underneath New Jersey, carrying gas all the way to Queens. ...
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Bosnia divided over UN ruling on wartime leader Karadzic

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A U.N. court’s decision Wednesday to uphold the genocide and war crimes convictions of ex-Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic and sentence him to life behind bars was applauded by survivors of Bosnia’s bloody ’90s war — but blasted by the country’s Serbs as biased. Gathered in a memorial center near this […]
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Former Bush Spox Tries To Debunk ‘Bush Lied, People Died,’ Fails Miserably

Ari Fleischer, who served as former President George W. Bush’s press secretary through the early months of the Iraq War, attempted on Tuesday night to argue that his former boss did not “lie” to the American public during the run-up to what became a two-decade, multi-trillion-dollar war and occupation. It did not go well for him. The Iraq war began sixteen years ago tomorrow. There is a myth about the war that I have been meaning to set straight for years. After no WMDs were found, the lef...
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UN court increases Karadzic's genocide sentence to life imprisonment

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic's sentence for genocide has been increased by appeal judges at a UN court in the Hague, Netherlands, from 40 years to life imprisonment.
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Radovan Karadzic sentence increased to life at UN tribunal

The Bosnian Serb ex-leader planned the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys.
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Radovan Karadžić war crimes sentence increased to life in prison

Former Bosnian Serb leader given longer sentence over his role in bloody conflict that tore his country apartThe Bosnian Serb wartime leader, Radovan Karadžić has been sentenced to life in prison at an appeal court in The Hague for his role in mass killings of civilians in the conflict that tore Bosnia apart a quarter century ago.The five judges at the UN-mandated court upheld the 2016 verdict at his first trial almost in its entirety, dismissing all but one of Karadžić’s appeals as “mere disagr...
Tags: Europe, World news, United Nations, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, International criminal justice, War Crimes, Un, Bosnia, The Hague, Karadzic, Radovan Karadzic

'Generation Nazarbayev' jokes, hopes after Kazakh leader resigns

People under 30 in Kazakhstan have only known one leader -- Nursultan Nazarbayev, who announced his resignation this week after shepherding the country from the Soviet era. "The word 'Nazarbayev' means something like the word 'parent'," said 18-year-old film student Madi Makanov, who lives in the country's largest city Almaty. Kazakhstan has a young population, with around 40 percent of people under 24, according to estimates based on UN figures.
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UN reports says Britain is getting happier - but nobody in the UK has noticed

According to the study, us Brits are getting more cheerful [Author: James Rodger]
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UN judges to deliver Radovan Karadzic appeals decisions

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — United Nations judges are set to hand down their decisions in the appeal by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic against his convictions and 40-year sentence for masterminding atrocities in his country’s devastating 1992-95 war. Karadzic appealed his 2016 convictions for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, as well […]
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Cyclone Idai: 'Massive disaster' in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Hundreds of thousands of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi could be affected, UN says.
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Mozambique, Zimbabwe cyclone deaths exceed 300 as UN boosts aid

Over 300 people have died and 350 000 at risk as Cyclone Idai tears through southern Africa
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UN says 122,600 Afghans in need of aid after severe floods

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian agency says recent flooding in Afghanistan has left more than 122,600 people in need of assistance. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement late on Tuesday that the flooding has affected 14 out of the country’s 34 provinces. Thousands of houses have […]
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Venezuela doctors under regime pressure during UN visit

Venezuelan doctors have come under pressure from President Nicolas Maduro's government for trying to alert a visiting UN mission about the severe lack of hospital medicine and equipment, NGOs say. Venezuelan authorities say that US sanctions freezing $30 billion in assets have blocked imports of basic items including medicine. "They forcibly booted out the head of a medical school in Maracay (west of Caracas) and since then we haven't heard from her," said Jaime Lorenzo, executive director of ...
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Radovan Karadzic: Former Bosnian Serb leader faces final war crimes verdict

A UN tribunal is to rule on the appeal of Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who was found guilty of genocide.
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UN: Gene editing for human reproduction is 'irresponsible'

GENEVA (AP) — A panel convened by the World Health Organization said it would be "irresponsible" for scientists to use gene editing for reproductive purposes, but stopped short of calling for a ban.
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Climate change making storms like Idai more severe, say experts

Destructive power of storms likely to increase in future as world warms upThe climate crisis that is driving sea level rises and more extreme rainfall is making deadly storms like the one that hit southern Africa more severe, according to experts.Cyclone Idai, the tropical storm that ravaged Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, has been described as the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, and the UN says more than 2 million people have been affected. Storm-surge floods of ...
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GAO-19-224, UN Peacekeeping Operations: State Should Take Additional Steps to Work with the UN to Improve Effectiveness and Performance Information, March 19, 2019

What GAO Found The United Nations (UN) Security Council establishes and renews peacekeeping operations by issuing resolutions, generally referred to as mandates, which can include a range of...
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The U.S. Wants to Keep the UN in the Dark About Geoengineering Efforts

In the pantheon of climate change solutions, some are more fraught than others. Reducing carbon emissions? Not so risky. Blocking the sun or banking on sucking carbon out of the air? Pretty dicey.Read more...
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Cyclone Idai: 'Massive disaster' in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Hundreds of thousands of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi could be affected, UN says.
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Cyclone Idai 'might be southern hemisphere's worst such disaster'

UN officials say floods up to six metres deep had caused ‘incredible devastation’Cyclone Idai, the tropical storm ravaging southern Africa, is possibly the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, with 1.7 million people in affected Mozambique and 920,000 in Malawi, UN officials have said.Storm surge floods up to six metres deep had caused “incredible devastation” over a huge area, the UN World Food Programme regional chief, Lola Castro, said. The Buzi river had burst its b...
Tags: Africa, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Un, Mozambique, Malawi, UN World Food Programme, Lola Castro, The Buzi, Buzi Pungoe