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Syria need not fear the international criminal court – for now

Syria need not fear the international criminal court – for now | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
President Assad is safe from charges of crimes against humanity while he has the support of Russia and China...
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U.N. lifts sanctions in Libya

The United Nations Security Council on Friday lifted sanctions on the Central Bank of Libya and the Libyan Foreign Bank.
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Khmer Rouge 'First Lady' detained

Khmer Rouge 'First Lady' detained | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Cambodia's genocide court says Ieng Thirith, regarded as the Khmer Rouge's First Lady, must be held in detention, overruling an earlier decision.
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Sudan border fighting displaces over 400,000 people: U.N.

Sudan border fighting displaces over 400,000 people: U.N. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - About 417,000 people have been displaced in Sudan's border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile as a result of ongoing fighting between the army and insurgents, the United Nations...
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Syria blasts call for ICC investigation by UN human rights commissioner

Syria blasts call for ICC investigation by UN human rights commissioner | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
State TV blames 'conspiracy' against Bashar al-Assad's regime after Navi Pillay says situation in Syria is intolerable...
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Syrian death toll 'exceeds 5,000'

Syrian death toll 'exceeds 5,000' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More than 5,000 people are now believed to have been killed in the uprising in Syria, the UN's top human rights official says.
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UN Body Names Syria Investigator

UN Body Names Syria Investigator | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The UN's top human rights body has appointed a special investigator to probe abuses in Syria and criticized that country's crackdown on opposition protesters.
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Syria forces 'committed crimes'

Syria forces 'committed crimes' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria's security forces have committed systematic "crimes against humanity" in their crackdown on anti-government protesters, a UN report says.
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UN panel condemns Syria over crackdown

UN panel condemns Syria over crackdown | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Western-drafted resolution receives support from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, as well as Egypt; Russia, China vote against.
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Khmer Rouge leaders 'had control over crimes'

Khmer Rouge leaders 'had control over crimes' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
UN-backed genocide tribunal hears how leaders had life-and-death authority over Cambodia while in power...
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UN envoy: Yemen president should transfer power

UN envoy: Yemen president should transfer power | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Yemen's embattled president must speed up reforms and begin a transfer of power according to a plan backed by the international community, said a U.N. envoy on Monday.
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Syria crackdown toll rises despite Arab peace deal: U.N.

Syria crackdown toll rises despite Arab peace deal: U.N. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
AMMAN (Reuters) - More than 3,500 people have been killed in Syria's crackdown on protesters, the United Nations said Tuesday, as the military pressed its campaign to put down resistance in the city of...
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A Nobel laureate challenges Obama

Tawakkol Karman, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner from Yemen, is frustrated by the "ambiguous" policies of the Obama administration toward the Arab Spring.
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Arab League gives Syria until Wednesday to accept peace plan, considers turning to UN

Arab League gives Syria until Wednesday to accept peace plan, considers turning to UN | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT — The Arab League has given Syria until Wednesday to allow observers into the country or else it will likely turn to the U.N.
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Russia in surprise UN Syria move

Russia in surprise UN Syria move | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Russia circulates a UN Security Council resolution aimed at ending the crisis in Syria, in a move that surprised the Western nations.
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As Syria death toll soars, so does US frustration with Russia

As Syria death toll soars, so does US frustration with Russia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The death toll from the crackdown in Syria has topped 5,000, the top UN human rights official told the Security Council. With Russia blocking action, the US and others are voicing increasing frustration.
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ICC judges refer Malawi to UN

ICC judges refer Malawi to UN | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The International Criminal Court (ICC) refers Malawi to the UN Security Council for refusing to arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, the ICC says.
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French U.N. envoy rules out military action in Syria

(Reuters) - France's ambassador to the United Nations ruled out using military force for now in Syria saying everything had to be done politically to avoid Syria and the Middle East as a whole being set "ablaze."

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France pushes Syria meeting at divided UN council

France pushes Syria meeting at divided UN council | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council agreed on Friday to France's request for a briefing on Syria's rights crackdown from the U.N.
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Exclusive: U.N. rights forum poised to condemn Syria

Exclusive: U.N. rights forum poised to condemn Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
GENEVA (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights forum is expected to condemn Syria for crimes against humanity at an emergency session on Friday, European and Arab diplomats said.The move is also...
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U.N. sees no need yet for Syria humanitarian corridor

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - French proposals for humanitarian corridors in Syria to help civilians affected by eight months of unrest are not justified by humanitarian needs identified so far in the country,...
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UN envoy in Yemen says compromise possible

SANAA — UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, said Tuesday that a compromise is possible between the regime and the opposition despite outstanding issues between both sides after months of bitter conflict.
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Arab League vote to suspend Syria puts pressure on Security Council to act

The Arab League's decision to suspend Syria must spur the UN Security Council into action, Amnesty International said today.
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Heavy fighting in Yemen after U.N. resolution

SANAA, Yemen — At least 10 people were killed in clashes Saturday between Yemeni government forces and opposition fighters in the capital, Sanaa, residents and witnesses said.

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