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March 04, 2015
Kerry in staunch defence of Israel at UN rights council
Geneva (AFP) March 2, 2015
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday launched a staunch defence of Israel at the UN rights body, despite strained ties with the Jewish state over nuclear negotiations with Iran. The Human Rights Council (HRC) has long been accused of bias towards Israel, which is the only country to have a specific agenda item obliging participants to discuss the Jewish state's rights record at every session held. "It must be said that the HRC's obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibil ... read more

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Iranian president says Israel 'greatest danger'

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Iran will not abandon regional aims for nuclear deal: analysts

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Kofi Annan to boost Colombia peace talks in Cuba visit
Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan arrives in Cuba on Thursday to help prod negotiators from the Colombian government and leftist guerrillas to clinch a peace agreement. ... more
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Colombia, FARC rebels resume peace talks in Havana
Colombia's government and leftist rebels launched a new round of peace talks Wednesday, one day ahead of the arrival of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to help facilitate negotiations. ... more
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Human Rights Watch denounces Syria barrel bomb attacks
Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called for sanctions and an arms embargo to be imposed on Syria to punish the regime for its continued use of devastating barrel bombs in attacks. ... more
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Colombia welcomes naming of US special envoy to peace talks
President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday welcomed the appointment of a US special envoy to Colombia's talks with FARC rebels as a strong signal of Washington's interest in a peace agreement. ... more
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Opinion: Bill O'Reilly's very own "Scoop"
Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly is under fire for claiming to have been, well, "under fire," or rather, as he put it, "in a war zone," during the Falklands war, when in reality no independent reporters made it to the islands. ... more
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Israel army's top legal officer unconcerned by ICC probe
The Israeli army's top legal officer said Thursday he is unconcerned by Palestinian plans to sue Israel at the International Criminal Court over its conduct in last year's Gaza war. ... more
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Tens of thousands flee Myanmar conflict as aid curbed
Nearly 90,000 civilians in northeastern Myanmar are believed to have fled clashes between troops and ethnic rebels, an official said Wednesday, as sporadic violence hampered efforts to evacuate those still trapped. ... more
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Myanmar declares emergency in war-torn region as fighting rages
Myanmar on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in a conflict-torn border region, where ferocious fighting between the army and ethnic rebels has sent thousands fleeing airstrikes and fierce gun battles. ... more
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Thousands seek shelter in monastery as Myanmar army battles rebels
Fugitives from the growing violence in northeast Myanmar described on Tuesday how they fled airstrikes and gun battles between the army and ethnic rebels, as the country's president vowed "not to lose an inch" of territory. ... more
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Congress leader slams White House 'animosity' toward Netanyahu
House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday accused the White House of "animosity" towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose planned speech before the US Congress has stirred up a political furor in both countries. ... more
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Death toll rises in Myanmar unrest, China warns of instability
Growing fighting between Myanmar's army and ethnic Kokang fighters in a region bordering China has killed dozens in the past week and sent tens of thousands fleeing across the frontier, reports said Monday. ... more
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Rebel attack kills three soldiers in Colombia
Leftist guerrillas detonated an explosive charge under a military vehicle, killing three soldiers in northern Colombia, the military said. ... more
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Myanmar in fresh airstrikes against northern rebels
Myanmar rebels Saturday said the national army had launched fresh air strikes following the government's rare admission that dozens of its soldiers had died in a dramatic resurgence of conflict in a remote region bordering China. ... more
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New Pentagon chief could collide with White House
Ashton Carter, a hard-charging intellectual known for blunt talk, was confirmed as US defense secretary Thursday, and he could soon find himself at odds with a White House that clashed with previous Pentagon chiefs. ... more
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Violence flares in Myanmar, China border area
Clashes have flared between Myanmar's army and rebels in an ethnic Chinese northern border area, state media said Tuesday, as multiple conflicts in minority regions overshadow efforts to agree a countrywide ceasefire. ... more
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Lebanon receives US artillery, ammunition: embassy
The Lebanese army received a shipment of US weapons on Sunday, an embassy official told AFP, to help in the fight against jihadists who have staged incursions from Syria. ... more
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Syria strikes kill 66 after rebel fire on Damascus: monitor
At least 66 people were killed Thursday as Syria's regime pounded a rebel stronghold with air strikes after a barrage of opposition fire hit the capital Damascus, a monitor said. ... more
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Colombian government, rebels clash over demining
The Colombian government lashed out at leftist FARC guerrillas Tuesday for failing to actively work to dismantle minefields present in half the country's municipalities. ... more
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Israel arrests ultra-Orthodox in military service demos
Israeli police on Monday clashed with and arrested more than 40 ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting against the country's compulsory military service, a spokeswoman said. ... more
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Syria air strikes kill 44: monitor
Syrian government air strikes on opposition-held towns across the country killed at least 44 people on Monday and wounded more than 100, a monitoring group said. ... more
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Sri Lanka says military 'sabotaging' post-war reconciliation
Sri Lanka's new government on Thursday accused the military of trying to sow unrest to sabotage its efforts to bring about ethnic reconciliation in the war-ravaged north of the country. ... more
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Hezbollah will pay 'full price' for deadly attack: Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon's Hezbollah it will pay the "full price" after missiles killed two Israeli soldiers Wednesday in an attack that raised fears of another all-out war. ... more
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Tripoli rivals to join peace talks 'if held in Libya'
The rivals of Libya's elected parliament agreed Thursday to join UN-mediated peace talks with the internationally recognised government if they are held on home soil. ... more
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Israel tells UN it will defend itself against Hezbollah
Israel told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that it will exercise its right to self-defense after a Hezbollah missile attack killed two Israeli soldiers. ... more
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