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Status quo in Middle East in Danger : UN

New Delhi (ABC Live): A fragile retreat last week from the “brink of another crisis” in the Gaza Strip and Israel was a stark reminder that the status quo in the Middle East was not sustainable, the United Nations political affairs official told the Security Council today. “The Middle East still faces an unpredictable future with multiple sources of uncertainty,” …

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Obama Imposes Sanctions against Seven Russians Officials Responsible for Ukraine Crisis

Washington (ABC Live):U.S. President Obama today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) under the national emergency with respect to Ukraine that finds that the actions and policies of the Russian government with respect to Ukraine -– including through the deployment of Russian military forces in the Crimea region of Ukraine –- undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its …

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Nuclear Security Summit 2014 to Address Threat of Nuclear Terrorism to Global Security

New Delhi (ABC Live): On March 24-25, world leaders will gather to address the threat of nuclear terrorism at 2014 Nuclear Security Summit being organized by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). U.S. President President Obama has called “the most immediate and extreme threat to global security.” The 2014 Nuclear Security Summit is being held at a time of both progress and peril …

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Russia Accepts But United States Rejects Crimean Referendum’s Results

Crimea (ABC Live): A massive 97 percent of Crimean voters chose to join Russia in Sunday’s referendum on the status of Ukraine’s autonomous republic, according to the latest official results. The questions on the referendum were: 1.      To secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation 2.      To remain part of Ukraine and enjoy a greater degree of autonomy Next: The Russian …

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Finally Canada Forces Leave Afghanistan After 12 Years

KABUL (ABC Live): The Canadian forces on Wednesday ended their military operation in the post-Taliban Afghanistan, said the NATO-led coalition forces. “Canada marked the end of more than 12 years of major military operations in Afghanistan during a flag-lowering ceremony conducted at ISAF (International Security Assistance Forces) headquarters today,” the NATO-led ISAF said in a statement. “The Canadian Armed Forces …

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Obama Asks Russia Fall in Lines or Get Ready to Pay for Encroachments on Ukraine

New Delhi (ABC Live): After United States Senate passed aid for Ukraine; U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the legitimacy of a referendum which asks merger of Crimea with Russia and expressed strong support for the new government in Kiev and further warned Russia get ready to pay the cost of violations of international law and its encroachments on …

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Ban Ki-moon Endorses Role of Independent Civil Society for Responsive Governance

New Delhi (ABC Live): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon while addressing the Human Rights Council panel on the protection of civil society space, in Geneva on March 11, 2014 endorsed the Role of Independent Civil Society for democratic, responsive governance. Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video message to the Human Rights Council panel on the protection of …

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UN Human Rights Expert Alerts Iran over Hike in Executions in Iran

New Delhi (ABC Live):12 March 2014 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today expressed alarm at the ongoing spike in executions in Iran, including the recent hanging of a former child bride amid questionable circumstances. At least 176 persons have reportedly been hanged in Iran this year alone, as part of what appears to be “a …

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Russia to Build Two Nuclear Power Plants in Iran: IAEO

TEHRAN (ABC Live): Russia will build two nuclear power plants in Iran’s southern Persian Gulf littoral city of Bushehr, the spokesman for Iran Atomic Energy Organization Behrouz Kamalvandi was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency on Wednesday. Iran and Russia reached a preliminary agreement to build at least two nuclear plants in Iran, Kamalvandi told IRNA. “According to …

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OHCHR Asks Ukraine to Protect Human Rights of Citizens

New Delhi (ABC Live):11 March 2014 – Senior United Nations official Ivan Šimonovic is meeting with local authorities in Kharkiv, Ukraine, today to discuss human rights-related measures that can be taken to help de-escalate tensions in the country. “He is also raising with the authorities the allegations regarding human rights violations, and meeting with a range of pro-Russian as well …

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