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WORLD POLITICS: Universal Declaration of Human Rights Preamble: UDHR

WORLD POLITICS: Universal Declaration of Human Rights Preamble: UDHR

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela Maintains High Human Development: UN

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela Maintains High Human Development: UN

The UN Development Program released its 2016 Human Development report this week, ranking Venezuela 71st out of the 188 countries examined.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Ignores UN Demand to Halt Settlement Building

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Ignores UN Demand to Halt Settlement Building

Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters: “Settlements need to be stopped, not only because they are illegal, but they are the main obstacle in the path of the two-state solution.”

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO POLITICS: Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO POLITICS: Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

United Nations-backed ICC sentenced ex-Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to another year in prison and about $325,000 in fines.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: UN Issues Scathing Report On Israeli Abuses, US Furious

ISRAEL POLITICS: UN Issues Scathing Report On Israeli Abuses, US Furious

hael Lynk, the U.N. special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, charged Israel with “the subjugation of humanity” in Palestine and intensifying a crackdown on human rights campaigners.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGON POLITICS: Government Forces Targeting Civilians, Denying Peacekeepers Access: U.N.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGON POLITICS: Government Forces Targeting Civilians, Denying Peacekeepers Access: U.N.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s army is carrying out operations against the Kamuina Nsapu militia. Clashes between the military and the insurgents have killed hundreds of people and displaced hundreds of thousands since last August.

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YEMEN POLITICS: UN Envoy Urges Political and Financial Support for Yemenis

YEMEN POLITICS: UN Envoy Urges Political and Financial Support for Yemenis

“It is imperative that the situation in Yemen remains high on everyone’s agenda,” Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said. “UN humanitarian agencies and their partners have developed plans to assist civilians in need, but the needs far outweigh available resources.”

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: Fighting Displaced 900 Families: UNHCR

COLOMBIA POLITICS: Fighting Displaced 900 Families: UNHCR

The violence comes despite a peace agreement signed last Novembers between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC.

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SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: South Sudan Now World’s Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis: UNHCR

SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: South Sudan Now World’s Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis: UNHCR

“A famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis,” Babar Baloch UNHCR said.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: U.N. Reports Declares, Israel Imposes ‘Apartheid Regime’ On Palestinians

ISRAEL POLITICS: U.N. Reports Declares, Israel Imposes ‘Apartheid Regime’ On Palestinians

U.N. Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf said the report was the “first of its type” from a U.N. body that “clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people”.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad to UN: Force Turkey to Pull ‘Its Invasion Forces’ Out of Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad to UN: Force Turkey to Pull ‘Its Invasion Forces’ Out of Syria

Turkey launched its first major military incursion into Syria in August, deploying tanks and air power in support of rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

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USA POLITICS: CIA Leaks Bolster Case for Privacy Treaty: UN Expert

USA POLITICS: CIA Leaks Bolster Case for Privacy Treaty: UN Expert

Joe Cannataci UN Rapporteur on right to privacy, said he was not surprised by CIA’s capabilities, but the case highlighted need for effective oversight.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 750,000 Civilians in Mosul Face Serious Humanitarian Crisis: UN

IRAQ POLITICS: 750,000 Civilians in Mosul Face Serious Humanitarian Crisis: UN

“There has been a voluntary return by displaced people to newly-liberated areas [of the city], with at least 72,000 returning so far to their homes in eastern Mosul,” he said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Government Says Agenda Agreed

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Government Says Agenda Agreed

Syria’s ambassador to UN Bashar al-Ja’afari said the agenda agreed through U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura gave equal weight to four subjects, including the government’s own priority of fighting terrorism.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 12 Treated For Chemical Weapons Agents in Mosul: UN

IRAQ POLITICS: 12 Treated For Chemical Weapons Agents in Mosul: UN

Twelve people, including women and children, are being treated for possible exposure to chemical weapons agents in Mosul, where Islamic State is fighting off an offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces, the United Nations said on Saturday.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia, China Block U.N. Sanctions On Syria Over Chemical Weapons Attacks

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia, China Block U.N. Sanctions On Syria Over Chemical Weapons Attacks

A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: UN Reveals! Spy Agency Runs Arms Operation Out of Malaysia

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: UN Reveals! Spy Agency Runs Arms Operation Out of Malaysia

Glocom is a front company run by North Korean intelligence agents that sells battlefield radio equipment in violation of United Nations sanctions.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: UN to Australia: Protect Indigenous Women

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: UN to Australia: Protect Indigenous Women

Indigenous children are about seven times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be subjected to abuse or neglect and about 10 times more likely to be in out-of-home care, the United Nations said.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Elor Azaria 18-Month Sentence Excessively Lenient: UN Says

ISRAEL POLITICS: Elor Azaria 18-Month Sentence Excessively Lenient: UN Says

Sergeant Elor Azaria is the only member of the Israeli security forces to have been brought to trial for such a killing, she added.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Women Demand U.N. Talks Address Fate of Detainees

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Women Demand U.N. Talks Address Fate of Detainees

Staffan de Mistura, U.N. Special Envoy for Syria, met them after seeing delegations from the Syrian government and opposition separately at the start of the first negotiations in nearly a year.

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