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Russia vetoes a resolution to establish an international tribunal on the shooting down on flight MH17

Russia vetoed in the Security Council of the United Nations a resolution to establish an international tribunal to prosecute persons responsible for the shooting down of Malasia Airlines flight MH17 and the death of 298 people, on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, an area controlled by the pro Russian rebels against Kiev. The […]

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More than 15,500 civilians killed in Iraq since the beginning of the year

More than 15,500 civilians have been killed in Iraq since the beginning of the year, according to the UN. More than 1,119 people, most of them civilians, have been killed only in september. But this figure doesn’t include the casualties from the ongoing fighting in Anbar and the people who died because of the heat and hunger while trying to flee.

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Dangerous crisis in Iraq

The advance of terrorists and armed groups as the ISIL in Anbar province that have left more than 66,000 families displaced, and the proximity of the Syrian war are contributing to the Iraq’s instability, according to a UN senior official who informed to the Security Council on Thursday about the situation.

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UN: 240,000 Syrian under siege

An estimated 240,000 Syrian remain trapped in areas under siege resulting in severe hardship, suffering and deaths of civilians, in clear breach of the obligations under international human rights and humanitarian laws, the United Nations today reported. The analysis, based on information collected between April 2013 and 20 January of this year by the Office […]

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Selective evacuation in Homs

It was the big agreement in the last international talks of peace on Syria. A temporal truce in Homs to allow the besieged civilians, women and children, could leave and go to safer areas. But the agreement proved to be as difficult as the talks themselves.

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UN condens Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes

The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees today condemned Israel’s latest demolitions in the West Bank which have displaced 68 people, including 32 children, in the depths of winter, saying it is violating international law and calling on it to abide by its obligations, the UN news services informs.

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Syrian refugees in Lebanon hit by winter storm

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are ramping up efforts to assist more than 800,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon who are facing the onslaught of cold weather, rains and snowfall as a massive winter storm named “Alexa” moves across the region, the UN news service informs.

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UN: Chemical weapons used repeatedly in Syria

The United Nations team probing the use of chemical weapons in Syria, which in September found “clear and convincing evidence” of Sarin gas attacks against civilians, including children, in the Damascus area, today reported “credible information” that such weapons were used in other parts of the country, the UN news services informs.

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Two Spanish journalists kidnapped in Syria

The families of Spanish journalists Javier Espinosa Robles and Ricardo García Vilanova revealed at news conferences in Beirut and Madrid that the jihadi group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) kidnapped Espinosa and García in Syria’s northern province of Raqqah on 16 September. The EU has called for their immediate release.

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Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. An intense life. From 27 years in prison to leading South Africa out of the apartheid, become its first black president, Nobel laureate, one of the world’s most influential men of the last decades.

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