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Pentagon says 158 detainees left at Guantanamo Bay

Pentagon says 158 detainees left at Guantanamo Bay

With the transfer of two Guantanamo Bay inmates to the government of Sudan, the U.S. Defense Department said 158 detainees remain at the prison in Cuba.
Tribal war fears in South Sudan as rival army units clash

Tribal war fears in South Sudan as rival army units clash

Fighting between rival army units has spread to towns around the capital Juba with reports of 500 dead since Sunday, underlining the fragility of the world's youngest state and fears the violence will ignite a potentially disastrous tribal conflict.

Polish, Russian foreign ministers to meet, Ukraine on agenda

Russia says it will be seeking a new "roadmap" with Poland this week in high-level Warsaw meetings but reports indicated Ukraine will be on the Poles' agenda.

Brazil struggles to keep World Cup preparations on track

Brazil will miss year-end construction targets for FIFA World Cup venues next year and isn't talking about numerous other deadlines that won't be met before the tournament opens in June 2014.
U.N., ICRC working overtime in South Sudan

U.N., ICRC working overtime in South Sudan

The U.N. Mission in South Sudan said Wednesday it was working to respond to the needs of those people caught up in South Sudan's political violence.
Lebanese military spots Israeli drone near border

Lebanese military spots Israeli drone near border

The Lebanese military said Wednesday an unmanned Israeli aircraft spent about four hours inside Lebanese airspace before returning home.

U.S. designates Belmokhtar al-Qaida faction

A breakaway faction of al-Qaida tied to 2013 attacks in Algeria and Niger is designated as a terrorist entity, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday.

Iran vows to enrich more uranium if talks falter

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Wednesday enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity could resume quickly if an interim nuclear deal collapses.

Russia weighs plans for Kyrgyz air base

The Russian government said it proposed transferring control over the Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan to Russian investment company Novaport.

U.N.: Afghanistan faces very real challenges ahead of elections

Afghanistan faces real security challenges as it readies itself for provincial council and presidential elections in April, a U.N. envoy said.

North Korean execution one of many, U.N. says

The execution in North Korea of Jang Song Thaek, one of leader Kim Jong Un's uncles, was one of several executions this year, U.N. envoys said Wednesday.

U.S. issues stern warning to CAR rights violators

Those suspected of committing human rights abuses in the Central African Republic will be held accountable, a U.S. State Department official said.
Europe extends humanitarian hand to Syrians

Europe extends humanitarian hand to Syrians

The European Commission said Wednesday it was signing more than $200 million worth of contracts with U.N. agencies to help those affected by the Syrian crisis.

McCain blames Russia for Ukrainian dust up

U.S. Sen. John McCain, recently home from a visit to Kiev, said Wednesday it seemed Russia was putting undue pressure on the Ukrainian government.

Woman drugs smuggler faces 16 years in Indonesian jail

Prosecutors in Indonesia are demanding a 16-year jail sentence for a British woman for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the country.

South Sudan manhunt on for ex-vice president after 'attempted coup'

Presidential Guard troops stormed the compound of former Vice President Riek Machar Tuesday after President Salva Kiir (desk: two I's is correct) Mayardit accused him of masterminding an attempted coup in the fledgling state's capital, Juba, a clash that could affect the country's oil industry, its economic lifeline.
British government says unrest 'likely' in Bahrain

British government says unrest 'likely' in Bahrain

The British government said Tuesday it was advising its citizens in Bahrain to be on alert given the potential for violent anti-government demonstrations.

Ukraine: Kiev opposition falls short in latest no-confidence bid

The leader of the main opposition party in Ukraine said the latest move for the resignation of the current government fell short Tuesday by 19 votes.

Journalists under threat in Central African Republic

A group monitoring the safety of news correspondents expressed alarm after journalists came under threat in the Central African Republic.
U.N. finds signs of massacre in eastern DRC

U.N. finds signs of massacre in eastern DRC

U.N. special envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo Martin Kobler said a slaughter uncovered in the country's North Kivu province won't go unpunished.
Western sanctions killing nuclear deal, Iran says

Western sanctions killing nuclear deal, Iran says

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said sanctions pressure on Iran would kill the prospects for a long-term nuclear deal.
Despite HIV/AIDS risks, female condoms rare in Ugandan district

Despite HIV/AIDS risks, female condoms rare in Ugandan district

Despite some of Uganda's highest HIV/AIDS rates, female condoms are not being embraced or easily accessible to women in Gulu District in the country's north.
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Israeli, Lebanese border skirmish under Western watch

The U.S. State Department said it was concerned by security incidents along the Israeli border with Lebanon but was relieved the situation hasn't yet escalated.
South Sudan's claims of coup attempt prompts Western concerns

South Sudan's claims of coup attempt prompts Western concerns

British Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds said Tuesday he was "deeply concerned" by reports of heavy fighting in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

Russia outlines missile defense plans

Russian First Deputy Defense Minister Arkady Bakhin said sending the Iskander-M missile system to the Caucasus region was the start of major installations.
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