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[RED DEMOCRATICA] Outspoken Ban addresses Iranian human rights, nuclear program

 

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Outspoken Ban addresses Iranian human rights, nuclear program

Iran came in for criticism Wednesday by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for recent remarks about Israel and ongoing human rights abuses. Ban is in Iran for a visit to the Nonaligned Movement. The UN chief also urged Iran to prove that the aims of its controversial nuclear program are, as its leaders assert, peaceful. Separately, the International Atomic Energy Agency created an "Iran Task Force" to monitor the Iranian atomic program. Reuters (8/29), Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (8/29), Time.com/The Associated Press (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story



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  • World is coming up short for Mali displaced, UN's Amos says
    Nearly 500,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Mali, and the international community isn't doing enough to help them, United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said during a visit to the country. This year, al-Qaida-linked Islamists seized the northern territories, enforcing Sharia law, smuggling drugs and kidnapping for ransom. Deployment of an armed intervention force by the Economic Community of West African States has been proposed. BBC (8/30), The Christian Science Monitor (8/23), BBC (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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    Aid workers in Syria are increasingly risking their lives as fighting escalates and the need for humanitarian assistance becomes urgent for hundreds of thousands of people, this article details. The United Nations World Food Program estimates that up to 1.5 million food rations will be needed next month, up from only 50,000 a year ago. The UN Security Council is slated to discuss the worsening situation today. Deutsche Welle (Germany) (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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