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UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea

April 18, 2014
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Gainesville Sun    

"The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against 'a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world,' and he told reporters that most council members 'expressly said' the matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court. It was the first time the council had met to discuss the unprecedented U.N. report that contains graphic details and an urgent call to action. The informal meeting comes as members of the commission push for its findings to be formally referred to the council and the ICC." (04/17/14)

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Guantanamo Bay: Trial in 9/11 veers off track again

April 18, 2014
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ABC News    

"An effort to prosecute the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and four co-defendants veered off track again Thursday as a pretrial hearing ended with new obstacles that threaten to further derail the case before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay. Teams of lawyers managed barely four hours of court time over four days at the U.S. base in Cuba, bogged down by the potential legal implications of an apparent FBI investigation of the defense." (04/18/14)

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Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts

April 18, 2014
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Bismarck Tribune    

"A statement by the Gulf Cooperation Council says the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich Arab states. Qatar's official news agency says Doha's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah took part at in the GCC Foreign Ministers meeting held in Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh. The GCC statement was released after the meeting late Thursday." (04/17/14)

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Fourth US Navy official charged in bribery scheme

April 18, 2014
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Myrtle Beach Sun News    

"A fourth member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified information. 'The camera is awesome bro!' Japan-based Petty Officer Dan Layug wrote in an email to the vice president of a military contractor that is included in a complaint unsealed Thursday. 'Thanks a lot! Been a while since I had a new gadget!'" (04/17/14)

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US backs Ukraine military action in east region

April 16, 2014
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San Antonio Express-News    

"The United States is giving its tacit support to Ukrainian military action against pro-Russian separatists. White House spokesman Jay Carney says such action isn't the preferred option, but that the Ukrainian government has to respond to what he says is an untenable situation." (04/15/14)

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Jamaica grants license for natural gas project

April 16, 2014
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ABC News    

"A Hong Kong-based company has been granted a license for what would be a major new power project in Jamaica, the Caribbean island's energy minister announced Tuesday. Phillip Paulwell said Energy World International is to supply 381 megawatts of natural gas-fired generating capacity for Jamaica's power grid." (04/16/14)

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UN report: Iran cuts nuke weapons ability

April 16, 2014
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El Paso Times    

"The United Nations will release a report this week certifying that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced because it has diluted half of its material that can be turned most quickly into weapons-grade uranium, diplomats said Tuesday. The move is part of Iran's commitments under a deal with six world powers in effect since January that mandates some nuclear concessions on the part of Tehran in exchange for a partial lifting of sanctions crippling its economy." (04/15/14)

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Nigeria: Violence surges from Islamic uprising

April 16, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital — a surge of violence that raised new doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising. With an 11-month-old state of emergency in three northeastern states failing to bring relief, the attacks are increasing calls for President Goodluck Jonathan to rethink his strategy in confronting the biggest threat to the security of Africa's most populous nation." (04/15/14)

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In a first, France tackles sex assault in military

April 15, 2014
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"France claims great success in recruiting women into its armed forces, boasting one of the world's highest percentages of women in uniform. What it hasn't done is work to prevent sexual assault and harassment once they get there. That is about to change. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, on Tuesday presented a 36-page report on the problem and announced the military's first effort to tackle it. This report cited 86 reported cases of sexual assault or harassment since the start of 2013 alone." (04/15/14)

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Canada suspends Commonwealth funding over Sri Lanka

April 15, 2014
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ABC News    

"Canada is suspending $20 million in funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka because of human rights concerns. Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted the Commonwealth summit last year in Colombo, Sri Lanka, because of concerns about the government's human rights record. Canada is a member of the British Commonwealth of former colonies." (04/15/14)

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Vietnam releases dissidents amid foreign pressure

April 15, 2014
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Austin American-Statesman    

"Vietnam has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what the government called a 'policy of leniency.' The unusual moves come as Hanoi is negotiating a free trade deal with the United States that is expected to help Vietnam's stumbling economy." (04/14/14)

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UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

April 14, 2014
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Greensboro News-Record    

"The U.N. Security Council met late Sunday in emergency session amid growing violence in eastern Ukraine, with Western powers and Russia blaming each other for the deepening crisis. Russia called the meeting hours after Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with a pro-Russia militia in an eastern city, and at least one security officer was killed and five others wounded." (04/13/14)

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Russia boosts military, global arms spending falls

April 14, 2014
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ABC News    

"For the first time in 10 years, Russia last year spent a bigger share of its overall economy on arms investments than the U.S. as it seeks to bolster its military capability, a Swedish arms watchdog said Monday. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said Russia increased its military spending in 2013 by 4.8 percent to $87.8 billion, representing 4.1 percent of its gross domestic product." (04/14/14)

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Russia: Anti-Kremlin protest draws thousands in Moscow

April 14, 2014
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Fremont Tribune    

"More than 10,000 people have turned out in Moscow for an anti-Kremlin rally to denounce Russian state television's news coverage, particularly of the crisis in neighboring Ukraine. In promoting the Kremlin line, state television has portrayed the new pro-Western government in Ukraine as a 'fascist junta' under the control of the U.S. government and determined to oppress Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine." (04/13/14)

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Greece: Police clash with retail employee protesters

April 14, 2014
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Macon Telegraph    

"Hundreds of protesters battled with riot police in one of the Greek capital's main shopping districts. No injuries or damage have been reported. About 500 protesters, which included retail employees but also several anarchists, closed access to shops on a central Athens street and handed leaflets protesting the extension of Sunday shopping and longer opening hours for the shops." (04/13/14)

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Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo

April 14, 2014
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Macon Telegraph    

"Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub brush-and-cactus covered military base. Connell is allowed to say virtually nothing about what he saw in the secret camp where the most notorious terror suspects in U.S. custody are held except that it is unlike any detention facility he's encountered." (04/13/14)

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Afghanistan: Regime probe of attack on journalists begins

April 10, 2014
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"Afghan central government authorities on Wednesday began questioning the police commander who killed an Associated Press photographer and wounded an AP reporter, a day after he was transferred by helicopter to the capital -- a rare case in which an Afghan officer or soldier who shot a foreigner was captured alive." (04/09/14)

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Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight

April 10, 2014
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Palm Beach Post    

"The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car. The Solar Impulse 2, unveiled to the world Wednesday at Switzerland's Payerne Air Force Base, is a bigger and better version of the single-seater prototype that first took flight five years ago." (04/09/14)

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Judge slaps US State Department over Blackwater

April 10, 2014
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San Jose Mercury News    

"A federal judge is calling for an investigation of the State Department's conduct following the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in 2007, allegedly at the hands of security guards from the firm Blackwater Worldwide. In a court opinion, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth says the State Department caused years of delays in bringing a criminal case to trial in the shootings. Four Blackwater guards are scheduled to go on trial June 11." (04/09/14)

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US troops may be sent to eastern Europe

April 10, 2014
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Southern California Press-Enterprise    

"NATO's top military commander in Europe, drafting countermoves to the Russian military threat against Ukraine, said Wednesday they could include deployment of American troops to alliance member states in Eastern Europe now feeling at risk. U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove told The Associated Press he wouldn't 'write off involvement by any nation, to include the United States.'" (04/09/10)

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US in talks with France on Holocaust compensation

April 10, 2014
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Wichita Eagle    

"The Obama administration on Wednesday warned several state legislatures against initiatives that would punish the state-owned French railway company SNCF for carrying out Holocaust-era deportations to Nazi death and labor camps. The State Department said such actions would jeopardize recently-begun talks between the United States and France on compensation for SNCF deportation victims and their families." (04/09/14)

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Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands

April 9, 2014
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Providence Journal    

"In a face-off between the defense chiefs of China and the U.S., Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday that his country does not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.  And he said America will protect Japan, the Philippines and other allies locked in disputes with China, as laid out in U.S. treaty obligations." (04/09/14)

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Japan, US struggle to bridge gaps over trade pact

April 9, 2014
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and a top Japanese official say they still hope to bridge significant differences over opening markets under an ambitious pan-Pacific trade pact. Froman and Japanese economy minister Akira Amari were meeting Wednesday in Tokyo after talks earlier in the week appeared to stall." (04/08/14)

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Ebola outbreak could last months in West Africa

April 9, 2014
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Tulsa World    

"Ebola could continue to spread in West Africa for months in one of the most challenging outbreaks of the disease the international community has ever faced, health experts said Tuesday. Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the World Health Organization said that though other outbreaks have seen more cases, the current one is remarkable for the wide area over which it has spread — from Guinea’s remote tropical forests to the country’s capital and over the border to Liberia. The fact that it has touched the teeming Guinean capital, Conakry, is also a concern." (04/08/14)

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India starts voting in world’s largest election

April 8, 2014
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Aiken Standard    

"Voters in India’s remote northeast cast ballots on the first day of the world’s biggest election on Monday, with the opposition heading into the polls with strong momentum on promises of a surge in economic growth. With 814 million eligible voters, India will vote in stages over the next five weeks in a staggered approach made necessary by the country’s vast size." (04/07/14)

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