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Security fears as UN ends Libya military mandate

The United Nations yesterday terminated its seven-month mandate authorising military action in Libya. The decision came despite a plea from the new government in Tripoli to delay the move because of concerns about the fragility of the security situation. Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the head of the governing National Transitional Council (NTC), has asked for Nato’s military operations to continue and ...

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Life sentence for Argentine ‘Blond Angel of Death’

BUENOS AIRES: Alfredo Astiz, Argentina’s infamous “Blond Angel of Death,” and 11 other death squad members from the 1970s were jailed for life on Wednesday in one of the country’s biggest human rights cases. Astiz, nicknamed for his cherubic looks, stood trial with other former officials accused of horrific crimes at the ESMA Naval Mechanics School, where about 5,000 dissidents ...

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Eurozone leaders agree rescue deal

Eurozone leaders sealed a three-part deal today, which they hope will convince markets they have an effective response to the growing economic crisis. Officials in Brussels said an accord had been reached with banks on a 50% write-off of Greek debt and they also approved a complex mechanism to boost the eurozone’s main bailout fund to 1tr euro (£880bn). It ...

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Thailand floods force evacuations in Bangkok

Bangkok — Hundreds of inmates were evacuated from prisons around Bangkok on Wednesday, and residents stocked up on food or made plans to leave the city as officials warned of severe flooding throughout much of the capital in the coming days. Corrections officials said that nearly 800 inmates had been moved in buses to prisons on higher ground and that, ...

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Population seven billion: UN sets out challenges

A major United Nations report has set out the challenges facing humanity a few days before the world’s population is expected to reach seven billion. The report calls for a change of focus, no longer asking…

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U.S. embargo on common sense still haunts

This week marked another inglorious milestone for the United States at the United Nations. It was the 20th time the U.N. General Assembly has considered a resolution condemning the “economic, commercial, and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.” And the 20th time it has passed overwhelmingly. This time it was 186-2, with the U.S. and ...

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Darfur: UN Peacekeeping Chief Urges Include Rebels

Thursday, 27 October 2011, 12:27 pm Press Release: UN News New York, Oct 25 2011 4:10PM While important progress has been made in the peace process in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, more needs to be done to bring on board rebel groups who are still fighting the Government, the United Nations peacekeeping chief warned today. “I call on those parties ...

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Madoff’s wife reveals couple attempted suicide

THE wife of jailed US swindler Bernard Madoff has revealed that the couple tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide, taking a handful of pills and sedatives only to wake up the next day. "I don’t know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening," Ruth Madoff claimed in an interview with ...

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Brazil creates truth commission to probe rights abuses

Brazil’s Senate has voted to set up a truth commission to investigate rights abuses, including those committed during military rule from 1964 to 1985. The bill, already passed by the Chamber of Deputies, now goes to President Dilma Rousseff to be signed into law. Ms Rousseff, a former left-wing…

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