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Austria announces withdrawal of its UN Peacekeepers from Golan

Austria announces withdrawal of its UN Peacekeepers from Golan

June 6, AP VIENNA (AP) — Chancellor Werner Fayman and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger say in a statement that “the development … has shown that further waiting can no longer be justified.” Rebels briefly overran a border position near the destroyed city of Kuneitra early Thursday before Syrian government troops retook it. The peacekeepers receive […]

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US accuses Syrian regime, assault on Qusair causing “tremendous suffering”

US accuses Syrian regime, assault on Qusair causing “tremendous suffering”

June 6, AP – The United States denounced President Bashar al-Assad’s government on Thursday over its 17-day assault on Qusair, near the Lebanese border. It said Syrian troops owed their success to Hezbollah fighters backed by Iran. The White House has accused the Syrian regime of causing “tremendous suffering” in its successful bid to reclaim […]

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Syria army announces capture strategic border town Qusair

Syria army announces capture strategic border town Qusair

June 5, DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The capture of the town, which lies close to the Lebanese border, solidifies some of the Syrian regime’s recent gains on the ground that have shifted the balance of power in President Bashar Assad’s favor in the Syrian civil war. The Syrian army triumphantly announced Wednesday the capture of […]

June 5, 2013 | By More
UN gets new info on alleged chemical use by Syrian Regime

UN gets new info on alleged chemical use by Syrian Regime

May 30, AP – Britain’s UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said his government has continued to provide new information to the secretary-general and the head of the UN team Ban appointed to investigate alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Britain said Thursday it has sent a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with new information on […]

May 30, 2013 | By More
US, Turkey, Qatar call for urgent UN rights debate on Syria

US, Turkey, Qatar call for urgent UN rights debate on Syria

GENEVA (AP) — Syria’s Ambassador Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui said the request violates principles of impartiality because it comes from nations that support the rebels battling the government troops. U.N. Human Rights Council President Remigiusz Henczel says the council will decide Tuesday whether to hold the debate Wednesday. The United States, Turkey and Qatar pressed the […]

May 27, 2013 | By More
International aid workers trapped in siege rescued by Afghan police

International aid workers trapped in siege rescued by Afghan police

May 26, KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police officer and two civilians were killed. The top commander of the international military coalition said the relatively low number of casualties was a sign of how Afghan forces have “markedly improved” as they increasingly take over responsibility for protecting the country ahead of most foreign troops’ […]

May 26, 2013 | By More
Bomb blasts, gunfire targets United Nations office in Afghan capital

Bomb blasts, gunfire targets United Nations office in Afghan capital

May 25, AP – At least two large explosions shook Kabul’s downtown district of Borj-e Sharahah at about 4 p.m. local time on Friday. At least two large blasts have been heard in the center of the Afghan capital, Kabul, apparently targeting a United Nations office. Gunfire was heard after the explosions, with the Taliban claiming […]

May 25, 2013 | By More
UN urges collective efforts to achieve ‘water secure world’

UN urges collective efforts to achieve ‘water secure world’

May 23, AP – “We live in an increasingly water insecure world where demand often outstrips supply and where water quality often fails to meet minimum standards. Under current trends, future demands for water will not be met,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day. Unless greater efforts are made to reverse current […]

May 23, 2013 | By More
Half of EU citizens are overweight Rising, obesity rings alarm bells in Brussels

Half of EU citizens are overweight Rising, obesity rings alarm bells in Brussels

May 18, AP – For decades, EU member states have seen obesity levels rise. The UN and World Health Organization (WHO) are now sounding the alarm. Obesity, their recent report says, is becoming an epidemic. Half of EU citizens are overweight. Among these people, serious obesity is on the rise. It’s a heavy and expensive […]

May 18, 2013 | By More
Rohingya Muslims sinks off Myanmar coast as storm nears

Rohingya Muslims sinks off Myanmar coast as storm nears

May 14, AP – The boat sank Monday night after it left Pauktaw township in Rakhine state as the passengers “were travelling to another camp ahead of the cyclone,” a spokeswoman for the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. The number of missing people is not yet known. The vessel was reportedly […]

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