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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…

Pacifists protest possible war against Iran

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated Saturday in New York and pacifist groups took to the streets in dozens of other US and Canadian cities in a “Day of Mass Action” against a possible war with Iran. About 500 protesters gathered in Manhattan’s Times Square and marched to the headquarters of the…

Record civilian death toll in Afghan war last year: UN

A record number civilians were killed in Afghanistan’s decade-long war last year, with a dramatic rise in the number of deaths from suicide attacks, according to the United Nations. A total of 3,021 civilians died — mostly at the hands of insurgents — up eight percent from 2,790 in 2010,…

Amy Goodman: ‘The U.S. needs to lead’ on climate change

Democracy Now host Amy Goodman appeared on Up with Chris Hayes Saturday morning to discuss the upcoming United Nations’ Convention on Climate Change in Durbin, South Africa. Goodman targeted the United States’ failure to lead on climate change as the top theme of this year’s convention. “This is not just…

Hackers break into ‘outdated’ United Nations server

SAN FRANCISCO — The United Nations on Wednesday said that hackers broke into an old server and swiped outdated account and password information. UN data stolen by a hacker group calling itself “TeamPoison” remained on file sharing website Pastebin, along with a message criticizing the international organization. The information was…

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