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European Parliament condemns Russia 'aggression' in Crimea

STRASBOURG, France, March 13 (UPI) -- 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

TEHRAN, March 12 (UPI) -- 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

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 12 (UPI) -- 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

STRASBOURG, France, March 12 (UPI) -- 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

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 12 (UPI) -- 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.

Executions in Iran 'alarming,' U.N. envoys say

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 12 (UPI) -- The use of capital punishment in Iran is 'truly alarming," U.N. special envoys said in response to the hanging of a child bride.
U.S. criticized for cyberespionage program

U.S. criticized for cyberespionage program

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 12 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Wednesday the United Nations should hold Washington to account for its controversial surveillance program.

Military remains influential in Myanmar, envoy says

UNITED NATIONS, March 12 (UPI) -- U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana said Wednesday the military still holds the reins on many aspects of life in the country.
EU sees no 'quick fix' for Ukraine

EU sees no 'quick fix' for Ukraine

STRASBOURG, France, March 12 (UPI) -- European assistance to Ukraine should be met by pledges from an inclusive government in Kiev to embrace reforms, the president of the European Commission said.

Britain calls for vigilance amid Turkish unrest

LONDON, March 11 (UPI) -- The British government called for vigilance Tuesday for any of its citizens in Turkey given the likelihood nationwide protests will turn violent.

HRW finds signs of Seleka massacre in CAR

BANGUI, Central African Republic, March 11 (UPI) -- Members of the Seleka rebel group in the Central African Republic left mostly children wounded in the wake of a recent attack, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Europe proposes economic relief for Ukraine

BRUSSELS, March 11 (UPI) -- The European Commission said Tuesday it was considering giving Ukraine temporary relief on customs duties until November 1, when formal deals are expected.
Al-Qaida issues threat against French president

Al-Qaida issues threat against French president

PARIS, March 11 (UPI) -- Groups allied with al-Qaida issued a threat Tuesday against French President Francois Hollande for Mali and Central African Republic interventions.
Syrian children suffering most, UNICEF says

Syrian children suffering most, UNICEF says

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 11 (UPI) -- With 5.5 million children suffering in Syria, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake says it's time to bring the hostilities to an end.

Civilians target of Darfur attacks, U.N. says

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 11 (UPI) -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday there was a "disproportionate" use of force against non-military targets in Darfur.
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