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  • Hard to justify Britain's data collection law: UN's Pillay Published in: 16 July 2014 Hard to justify Britain’s data collection law: UN’s Pillay

    An emergency data collection law being rushed through the British parliament may not address concerns raised by the European Court of Justice and is difficult to justify, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday. “The United Kingdom is one of the most well-established democracies in the world so it is a surprise […]

  • More Ukrainian soldiers killed as fighting rages in east, peace move flops Published in: 16 July 2014 More Ukrainian soldiers killed as fighting rages in east, peace move flops

    Fighting raged in Ukraine’s east on Wednesday when separatists tried to break through the lines of government forces near the border with Russia and a tentative step towards agreeing conditions for a ceasefire failed. Eleven more Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the space of 24 hours while hundreds of bodies of rebels were found in […]

  • Iraq names moderate Sunni parliament speaker in move to break political deadlock Published in: 15 July 2014 Iraq names moderate Sunni parliament speaker in move to break political deadlock

    Iraqi politicians named a moderate Sunni Islamist as speaker of parliament on Tuesday, a long-delayed first step towards a power-sharing government urgently needed to save the state from disintegration in the face of a Sunni uprising. A Shi’ite leader suggested the naming of Salim al-Jabouri as speaker was part of a broader political deal, but […]

  • Israel, Palestinians battle as Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire collapses Published in: 15 July 2014 Israel, Palestinians battle as Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire collapses

    Israel resumed air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after agreeing to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks. The week-old conflict seemed to be at a turning point, with Hamas defying Arab and Western calls to cease fire and Israel threatening to step up a week-old […]

  • Nigerian leader tells Malala missing girls to be home soon Published in: 14 July 2014 Nigerian leader tells Malala missing girls to be home soon

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan promised on Monday that more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants would soon return home, teenage Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai said after meeting him. Malala, who became a global celebrity after surviving being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, was visiting Nigeria to […]

  • China's Xi not making global impact, views of China positive: Pew Published in: 14 July 2014 China’s Xi not making global impact, views of China positive: Pew

    Chinese President Xi Jinping is failing to make much of an impression on people around the world concerned about China’s human rights, but on balance the country is seen favourably, especially in economic terms, a report said on Monday. China has invested billions of dollars to project its soft power, through English-language media and the […]

  • U.N. states overcome impasse to pass peacekeeping budget Published in: 3 July 2014 U.N. states overcome impasse to pass peacekeeping budget

    A U.N. General Assembly committee approved on Thursday a new troop-reimbursement rate for countries contributing nearly 100,000 peacekeepers to 16 missions, overcoming an impasse that left the world body’s operations in financial limbo for three days. Budget negotiations between the 193 member states had hit a standstill on the monthly reimbursement rates for the next […]

  • Israel boosts forces near Gaza as border heats up Published in: 3 July 2014 Israel boosts forces near Gaza as border heats up

    Israel beefed up its forces along its frontier with the Gaza Strip and launched air strikes against militant Hamas targets there on Thursday in response to Palestinian cross-border rocket attacks. Israel also faced a second day of violent Palestinian protests in Jerusalem after the discovery of the body of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy on Wednesday […]

  • Chile's Bachelet promises to return land to indigenous people Published in: 24 June 2014 Chile’s Bachelet promises to return land to indigenous people

    President Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday announced a plan to buy and return disputed ancestral lands to Chile’s indigenous communities as part of a strategy to better incorporate them into the country’s political process and economic development. Chile’s indigenous peoples, which include the Mapuche, Aymara and Diaguita, have an underweight representation in Congress and often face […]

  • Russia's Putin renounces right to send troops to Ukraine Published in: 24 June 2014 Russia’s Putin renounces right to send troops to Ukraine

    President Vladimir Putin asked Russia’s upper house on Tuesday to revoke the right it had granted him to order a military intervention in Ukraine in defence of Russian-speakers there. Minutes before he spoke, Kiev said pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine had shot down a military helicopter, most likely killing all nine on board. It was […]

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