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North Korea abuses 'unspeakable,' rights envoy says

North Korea abuses 'unspeakable,' rights envoy says

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 17 (UPI) -- 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

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 14 (UPI) -- 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

UNITED NATIONS, March 14 (UPI) -- 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

ABUJA, Nigeria, March 14 (UPI) -- 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

BAHRAIN, Pakistan, March 14 (UPI Next) -- 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

KIEV, Ukraine, March 14 (UPI) -- 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

KARACHI, Pakistan, March 13 (UPI Next) -- 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

QUETTA, Pakistan, March 13 (UPI Next) -- 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

LUXEMBOURG, March 13 (UPI) -- 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

JUBA, South Sudan, March 13 (UPI) -- 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

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 13 (UPI) -- 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

BANGUI, Central African Republic, March 13 (UPI) -- 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

BAGHDAD, March 13 (UPI) -- 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

UNITED NATIONS, March 13 (UPI) -- 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

LONDON, March 13 (UPI) -- A reform-minded approach to development programs will help Myanmar continue with its political progress, a British leader said Thursday.
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