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Libya’s Gen Haftar Urges End to Arms Embargo in U.N. Talks

BENGHAZI, Libya, Dec 17 – Libya’s Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who leads forces allied to the country’s recognized government, called for an end to an arms embargo to help fight Islamist militants after holding talks with the U.N. envoy on a peace agreement. Haftar, a former ally of Muammar Gaddafi before his 2011 ouster, has become

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Yazidi Woman begs U.N. Security Council to Wipe Out Daesh

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 17 – A young Yazidi woman pleaded on Wednesday for the United Nations Security Council to wipe out Daesh after describing the torture and rape she suffered at hands of the militants, who abducted her as “war booty” and held her for three months. “Rape was used to destroy

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Yemen’s Houthis, Gov’t Trade Accusation of Truce Violation

CAIRO, Dec 16 – Yemen’s dominant Houthi group and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government have accused each other of violating a ceasefire aimed at facilitating U.N.-sponsored peace talks, although the truce appeared to be largely holding on Wednesday. The seven-day truce began at mid-day on Tuesday as representatives of Hadi’s government and the Iran-allied Houthis

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IAEA Set to Close 12-Year Investigation into Iran’s Nuclear Weapons

By Francois Murphy and Shadia Nasralla VIENNA, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog is expected on Tuesday to close its 12-year investigation into whether Iran had a secret nuclear weapons programme, a key step towards normalising Tehran’s international status after a landmark deal with major powers. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) produced

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Global Powers Back Unity Government in Libya

By Lesley Wroughton and Steve Scherer ROME Dec 14 – Global powers on Sunday backed the formation of a national unity government in Libya, pledging economic and security support to help stabilize the chaotic North African country where Daesh militants have a foothold. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni, joined

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U.N: Europe Must Stop Locking Up Thousands of Stateless People

By Emma Batha LONDON, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – European countries must stop locking up stateless people like criminals, human rights campaigners said, describing their detention as “a preventable tragedy” that risks being worsened by the migrant crisis. Thousands of stateless people are being held in immigration detention centres across Europe even though they

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U.N. Accuses Houthis of Blocking Supply Routes to Yemen’s Taiz

DUBAI, Nov 25 – A senior United Nations official has accused Yemen’s dominant Houthi group of obstructing the delivery of humanitarian supplies to civilians in Taiz and warned that up to 200,000 people are living under “virtual siege” in the city. Supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by Arab coalition forces, have been trying

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Les Misérables

Are aid agencies in Lebanon profiting off the back of refugees? BY Martin Jay Huddled under makeshift ‘tent houses’ nestled in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, Syrian refugees are braced for a winter of bitter cold. Night falls on land bequeathed by the United Nations, where the tents are pitched. But the organisation itself appears to be

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Israeli Troops Kill Two Palestinian Gunmen in West Bank Raid

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 16 – Israeli troops killed two Palestinian gunmen during a clash in the occupied West Bank on Monday that was sparked by an army incursion to demolish a jailed militant’s family home, Palestinian medical sources and residents said. At least three other Palestinians in Qalandia refugee camp, near

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What [Not] To Expect in New Round of Syria Peace Talks

By John Irish and Karin Strohecker VIENNA, Nov 13. Two weeks after they jointly called for a political solution to Syria’s civil war, foreign ministers and senior officials from Russia, the United States, Europe and the Middle East struggled on Friday to turn that idea into a more concrete plan. As those officials returned to

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