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WORLD POLITICS: Russia Rejects MSM Reports on ‘Russia Blocking’ UNSC Condemnation of North Korea Missile Test

WORLD POLITICS: Russia Rejects MSM Reports on ‘Russia Blocking’ UNSC Condemnation of North Korea Missile Test

“US delegation stopped the work on the document without any explanation and claimed to the media that Russia had ‘blocked’ it,” the Russian delegation said.

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SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: UN Says Japanese Troops Start Withdrawing From South Sudan Mission

SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: UN Says Japanese Troops Start Withdrawing From South Sudan Mission

“The first group is leaving today,” Daniel Dickinson, spokesman for the U.N. peace keeping mission called UNMISS, told Reuters moments before the troops were due to board their flight at Juba International Airport.

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HAITI POLITICS: UN Security Council Votes to End Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

HAITI POLITICS: UN Security Council Votes to End Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

Sandra Honore, the UN envoy to Haiti, told the council on Tuesday that “Haiti’s political outlook for 2017 and beyond has significantly improved.”

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HAITI POLITICS: Political Advances to Address Pressing Challenges: UN Envoy

HAITI POLITICS: Political Advances to Address Pressing Challenges: UN Envoy

UN official also urged the Government to assign a ministerial-level focal point for human rights as well as to expedite the transparent and merit-based appointment of the National Ombudsperson.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Here’s Why Russia Says Assad Not to Blame for Chemical Attack

SYRIA POLITICS: Here’s Why Russia Says Assad Not to Blame for Chemical Attack

Russia says poison gas leaked from rebel chemical weapons struck by Syrian bombs. Hasan Ali, Free Idlib Army rebel commander, calls Russian statement ‘lie’.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Indigenous Aid Program Bureaucratic: UN

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Indigenous Aid Program Bureaucratic: UN

UN Says, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians rank the bottom of social and economic indicator, which exacerbates tension in the communities.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO POLITICS: UN Investigators Bodies Found in Congo

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO POLITICS: UN Investigators Bodies Found in Congo

Villagers in Democratic Republic of Congo discovered the remains of two UN investigators and their Congolese interpreter who went missing this month in an area engulfed in a violent uprising, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

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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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