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Libyans called to unite after Benghazi attack

Libyans called to unite after Benghazi attack

The U.N. mission in Libya said Tuesday Libyans need to rally around state institutions for the sake of security following Monday's bombing in Benghazi.

CAR needs urgent support, European leader says

Interim CAR President Catherine Samba-Panza needs comprehensive support to take on the monumental task of securing peace, the European Parliament said.

Rights group wary ahead of Algerian elections

Human Rights Watch said Monday it was concerned about the security situation in Algeria as the country prepares for April presidential elections.

Iran not optimistic about upcoming nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday he wasn't expecting any major breakthroughs from upcoming nuclear talks in Vienna.

Hague warns Russia of 'consequences' over Ukrainian action

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday there will be "long-term costs and consequences" for Russia's action in Ukraine and Crimea.
North Korea abuses 'unspeakable,' rights envoy says

North Korea abuses 'unspeakable,' rights envoy says

The state role in human rights abuses in North Korea means it's time to refer the situation to the international court, a U.N. rights envoy said Monday.
Syria tells peace envoy Brahimi to stop meddling

Syria tells peace envoy Brahimi to stop meddling

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said Friday the U.N.'s peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, should stay out of the country's internal affairs.

U.N.'s Ban: Central African Republic war not about religion

Religious divisions in the Central African Republic are being exploited for political purposes, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Boko Haram causing regional crises, rights officials say

Human Rights Watch said Friday attacks in Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram are creating a humanitarian disaster in the region.
Micro-hydropower station lights up remote Pakistani village

Micro-hydropower station lights up remote Pakistani village

A micro-hydropower station has brought electricity to Serai, a village in northwestern Pakistan. Similar power plants could ease the country's energy shortage.
Fazal Khaliq
U.N. forms monitoring team for Ukraine

U.N. forms monitoring team for Ukraine

U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said Friday a monitoring team was formed to assess the crisis in Ukraine, including in Crimea.
Bombing ends lull in violence against Pakistani minority

Bombing ends lull in violence against Pakistani minority

A suicide bombing that killed dozens of Shiite religious pilgrims on a bus near Quetta ended a lull in violence against Pakistan's Hazara minority.
Moniza Inam

Long-term drought, power shortages slam villages in Pakistan province

Drought and power shortages have decimated local agriculture and driven some villagers in Pakistan's Balochistan province to Quetta, the provincial capital.
Malik Achakzai
EU sanctions Syrian President Assad's sister

EU sanctions Syrian President Assad's sister

The General Court of the European Union ruled Thursday the Syrian president's sister, Bushra al-Assad, will be sanctioned for her ties to top regime officials.

U.N. says it can't fulfill mission in South Sudan

The U.N. Mission in South Sudan said it was having a hard time implementing its mandate because of restrictions on its movements.

Lebanon: Hezbollah vows to drive off Israel

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem said his movement in Lebanon is ready to stand up to Israeli aggression.

ICRC staffer killed in Central African Republic

The International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said Thursday a volunteer was killed in Central African Republic.
Civilians paying price for Iraqi insecurity, EU says

Civilians paying price for Iraqi insecurity, EU says

The European commissioner in charge if humanitarian aid said Thursday the people of Iraq were once again suffering as a result of national security issues.
Afghan vote won't be trouble-free, U.N.'s Ban says

Afghan vote won't be trouble-free, U.N.'s Ban says

Provincial council and presidential elections in Afghanistan will likely have some flaws, a report from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.

London committed to Myanmar development

A reform-minded approach to development programs will help Myanmar continue with its political progress, a British leader said Thursday.

European Parliament condemns Russia 'aggression' in Crimea

Russian action in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine is a violation of international law and must be reversed, members of the European Parliament said Thursday.

Iran says it's not an EU colony

Despite outreach efforts with the West, Iran will not be treated like a "colony" of the European Union, a member of Iran's Parliament said Wednesday.

Extraordinary interrogations unacceptable, U.N. says

It is duplicitous for governments to condemn torture while at the same time accepting what it produces, the U.N. special envoy on torture said from Switzerland.

Europe calls on Turkey to get serious about association

Ankara needs to show its commitment to meeting European standards on justice and freedom of expression, the European Parliament said Wednesday.

Afghan right to vote critical, U.N. envoy says

The right of all Afghans to take part in provincial council and presidential elections in April must be protected, U.N. special envoy Jan Kubis said Wednesday.
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