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Republican Rep. Chris Smith pushes for Syria war crimes tribunal

A veteran Republican congressman opposed to US missile strikes defended his call Wednesday for a Syrian war crimes tribunal, saying the world should hold that nation’s chemical weapons users to account. Representative Chris Smith said President Barack Obama should immediately press for the UN Security Council’s establishment of a tribunal…

U.S. lawmakers seek to boost exports to Africa

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers on Tuesday called for a push to boost exports to Africa, saying that both sides would benefit if the United States sells more products to the continent’s growing middle class. Lawmakers from both major US parties teamed up to introduce bills in the House of Representatives…

Bill targets exports of web censorship tools

WASHINGTON — A bill aimed at choking off US exports of technology used for Internet surveillance or censorship was introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday. “It’s unconscionable that US technology is putting democracy activists at risk,” said Representative Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey who is behind…

Congressman seeks peacekeepers on Sudan ‘genocide’

A senior US lawmaker urged the immediate deployment of peacekeepers to Sudan’s war-torn border region of Southern Kordofan, warning of a risk of “genocide” by government forces. South Sudan last month broke away from Sudan to become the world’s newest independent nation but violence has persisted in Southern Kordofan, an…

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