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U.N. rights chief rebukes Security Council for failures to act

U.N. rights chief rebukes Security Council for failures to act

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Outgoing U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay rebuked the U.N. Security Council on Thursday for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined national interests ahead of intolerable human suffering and grave breaches of global peace and security....

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US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday....

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White House says beheading video authentic

White House says beheading video authentic

The Barack Obama administration Wednesday confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the decapitation of a US journalist who was abducted in November 2012 while covering the civil war in Syria. "The US intelligence after analysing the recently released video showing James Foley...

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Mother of US journalist Foley

Mother of US journalist Foley "never prouder" of son

WASHINGTON: The mother of American journalist James Foley, apparently executed by Islamic State jihadists, on Wednesday (Aug 20) paid tribute to her son who she said had died trying to expose the suffering of the Syrian people. Condolences and shocked messages poured...

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2013 record year for deadly attacks on aid workers

2013 record year for deadly attacks on aid workers

(AFP)- Attacks on aid workers reached a new peak in 2013, with 155 relief staff killed, and this year is shaping up as equally deadly, according to figures released Tuesday. Afghanistan topped the list of countries where aid workers faced greater risk, with 81 killed in 2013,...

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Japan looks into report Japanese detained in Syria

Japan looks into report Japanese detained in Syria

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is looking into reports that a Japanese man may have been detained possibly by militants in Syria, the foreign ministry said Monday. The government was still trying to confirm through the Japanese embassy in Damascus the reports that surfaced over the...

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Clinton's break with Obama on Syria _ what's next

Clinton's break with Obama on Syria _ what's next

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks could be among her biggest challenges to a successful run for...

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U.N. Security Council to target Iraq, Syria militants on Friday

U.N. Security Council to target Iraq, Syria militants on Friday

(Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is set to try and weaken Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on Friday by blacklisting six people and threatening sanctions against those who finance , recruit or supply weapons to the insurgents, diplomats said. A...

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Syria's sarin precursor chemicals destroyed

Syria's sarin precursor chemicals destroyed

All Syria's precursor chemicals that could be used to make deadly sarin gas have been destroyed on board a US Navy ship on the Mediterranean Sea, the world's chemical watchdog said on Wednesday. "All 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas that were removed from...

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Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism of His Syria Policy is 'Horsesh*t'

Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism of His Syria Policy is 'Horsesh*t'

Hillary Clinton and congressmen alike have called on Obama to arm Syria’s rebels. But the president fumed at lawmakers in a private meeting for suggesting he should’ve done more. President Obama got angry at lawmakers who suggested in a private meeting that he should have...

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NATO chief says will have to decide on Afghan pullout soon

NATO chief says will have to decide on Afghan pullout soon

(Reuters) - NATO will soon be forced to take a decision on a total pullout from Afghanistan unless a deadlock over the country's election ends and a new president signs an agreement allowing foreign forces to stay, the head of the alliance said on Monday. Secretary-General...

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Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide

Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide

Robin Williams , the comedian who evolved into the surprisingly nuanced, Academy Award-winning actor , imbuing his performances with wild inventiveness and a kind of manic energy, died on Monday at his home in Tiburon, Calif., north of San Francisco. He was 63. The Marin County...

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Kosovo police arrest 40 for fighting in Iraq, Syria

Kosovo police arrest 40 for fighting in Iraq, Syria

PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo police arrested 40 men on Monday on suspicion of having fought with Islamist insurgents in Syria and Iraq, a crackdown aimed at deterring recruitment of volunteer fighters, authorities in the small Balkan state said. They said explosives, weapons...

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West African healthcare systems reel as Ebola toll hits 932

West African healthcare systems reel as Ebola toll hits 932

(Reuters) - Health workers in West Africa appealed on Wednesday for urgent help in controlling the world's worst Ebola outbreak as the death toll climbed to 932 and Liberia shut down a major hospital where several staff were infected, including a Spanish priest. The World...

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Russia bans all U.S. food, EU fruit and veg in sanctions response

Russia bans all U.S. food, EU fruit and veg in sanctions response

(Reuters) - Russia will ban all imports of food from the United States and all fruit and vegetables from Europe, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, a sweeping response to Western sanctions imposed over its support for rebels in Ukraine. The measures will hit...

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Drone strike kills five militants in northwest Pakistan

Drone strike kills five militants in northwest Pakistan

(Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike killed five militants in Pakistan's volatile northwest on Wednesday, security officials and residents said, as the country's security forces press ahead with an offensive in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border. Two missiles slammed...

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US neutralizes 60 percent of toxic Syria chemicals

US neutralizes 60 percent of toxic Syria chemicals

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States informed the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that it has neutralized about 60 percent of Syria's most toxic chemicals. British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, the current president of the Security Council, said the U.S. made the report...

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Turkey builds camp for Turkmen refugees in northern Iraq

Turkey builds camp for Turkmen refugees in northern Iraq

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is building a refugee camp in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq to accommodate refugees from the ethnic Turkmen minority fleeing the rapid advance of Islamic State militants, a Turkish official said on Tuesday. Turkish opposition parties had been...

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