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Mass executions in Syria may amount to war crimes, senior UN official warns

16 January 2014 – The United Nations human rights chief today warned armed opposition groups in Syria that executions and unlawful killings violate international...

Removal of Syria’s chemical weapons material complete, announces OPCW-UN mission

23 June 2014 – The Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) announced today that...
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Russia to bury Kalashnikov in new ‘pantheon’ of heroes

Russia was Friday to bury Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle that was the favoured weapon of guerrillas worldwide, at a newly-opened cemetery for national heroes. Kalashnikov, who died on Monday at the age of 94, was…
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Italy to ramp up fight against British food labels

An Italian minister vowed Monday to use his country's upcoming presidency of the European Union to pursue a campaign by southern EU producers against Britain's "traffic light" food labels. Speaking as he went into EU farm ministers' talks, Agriculture…
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UN spotlights civilian suffering in Syria by screening ‘viral' image in New York, Tokyo

21 March 2014 – The United Nations has drawn on the bustling energy of two of the world’s most fabled crossroads – New York...

Iraqi Government must clarify whereabouts of mission Iranian exiles – UN experts

9 December 2013 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today called on the Iraqi Government to clarify the whereabouts of...

UN rights office urges probe into Venezuela violence, calls for dialogue to resolve crisis

14 February 2014 – The United Nations human rights office today, deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in Venezuela, including the death of...

#Resolution: Israel agrees to ‘humanitarian pause’ in war-torn Gaza Strip, UN envoy confirms

16 July 2014 – After days of escalating violence and follow-on civilian suffering in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations special envoy for the...

Iraq suffers worst year of violence since 2008

Violence in Iraq surged in 2013 to its worst level in five years, fuelled by widespread discontent among the Sunni Arab minority and Syria's civil war, figures released Wednesday showed. Bombs tore through markets, cafes, football fields and mosques…
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UN assembly blasts Syria over war abuses

The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday slammed rights abuses in Syria, whose UN envoy launched a furious onslaught against Saudi Arabia for pressing the initiative. A resolution that has become an annual event since the start of Syria's civil…