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Pakistani teen activist Malala pleads to UN: Send books, not guns

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ education has stood by world leaders at the United Nations and called for books not guns. “Instead of sending weapons, instead of sending tanks to Afghanistan and all these countries which are suffering from terrorism, send books,” she…

John Kerry: We stand with the Kenyan people

The United States is monitoring the bloody siege in a Kenyan shopping mall and will stand with the country’s people in the days ahead, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. “Ruthless and valueless terrorists remain a serious challenge everywhere in the world as we all know, whether…

Putin scolds U.S. on Syria in New York Times column

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that any US military strike on Syria that circumvents the United Nations would undermine the global body and risk unleashing a wave of terror. Such military action would “result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders,” Putin wrote…

UN seeks Syria peace talks amid military strike threat

The United Nations is making a desperate new push for a Syria peace conference even as the United States prepares a possible military strike, according to diplomats. Talks on a conference are to be relaunched at the Group of 20 summit in Russia this week with the 30-month-old conflict at…

Noam Chomsky: U.S. strike against Syria would be a ‘war crime’

MIT professor Noam Chomsky has warned that an attack on Syria without United Nations support would be a war crime. “As international support for Obama’s decision to attack Syria has collapsed, along with the credibility of government claims, the administration has fallen back on a standard pretext for war crimes…

United Nations to question U.S. over spying allegations

The United Nations will approach the US government over a report by a German magazine that US intelligence spied on video conferences by top UN officials, a spokesman said Monday. “We are aware of the reports, and we intend to be in touch with the relevant authorities on this,” a…

Brazil threatens to take claims of U.S. spying to the U.N.

Brazil said Wednesday that it may go to the United Nations over US spying, which it said was not only used to combat terrorism, but also for industrial espionage. “We are not satisfied with the explanations presented” by US Secretary of State John Kerry during a visit Tuesday, Communications Minister…

More than 1,000 Iraqis killed in July, highest monthly toll since 2008: U.N.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in sectarian violence in July, the highest monthly death toll since 2008, the United Nations said on Thursday, as Sunni Islamist groups stepped up their insurgency against Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government. Most of the 1,057 victims were civilians, killed in a relentless…

Thousands need ‘immediate food assistance’ in Niger

The United Nations on Sunday said 800,000 people in Niger face food insecurity and that some 84,000 are in immediate need of assistance as the humanitarian crisis worsens in the impoverished landlocked African nation. Struck by droughts and shortages of crops, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian…

UNESCO addresses ‘safety crisis’ of journalists covering war

A crucial discussion will take place in Paris today about how best to protect journalists from being murdered. Most importantly, it will touch on the sensitive issue of impunity – the failure of authorities to investigate the killing of journalists, which is seen as an encouragement to murderers. The meeting…

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