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UN orders investigation into Libya rights abuses

UN orders investigation into Libya rights abuses

The UN Human Rights Council decided Friday to send a mission to war-torn Libya to investigate a range of abuses by different sides and help bring perpetrators to justice.

   March 27, 2015 - 16:02 GMT
UN criticises N.Korea for 'systematic' abductions of foreigners

UN criticises N.Korea for 'systematic' abductions of foreigners

The UN Human Rights Council on Friday strongly criticised North Korea for the systematic abduction of foreigners, after a UN investigation found the country had snatched up to 200,000 foreign nationals.

   March 27, 2015 - 14:15 GMT
UN Human Rights Council eyes special session on Boko Haram

UN Human Rights Council eyes special session on Boko Haram

The United Nations Human Rights Council has received a request to host a special session next week on abuses by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, the council president said Friday.

   March 27, 2015 - 10:52 GMT
Swiss authorities target 'live cell' injection clinics

Swiss authorities target 'live cell' injection clinics

Swiss health regulators announced Thursday they have launched a criminal probe into clinics suspected of giving clients potentially dangerous animal cell injections as part of anti-ageing treatments.

   March 27, 2015 - 01:35 GMT
UN creates watchdog for albino rights after surge in attacks

UN creates watchdog for albino rights after surge in attacks

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday decided to appoint an expert to investigate abuses suffered by albinos, who have faced a surge of attacks in east Africa.

   March 26, 2015 - 23:14 GMT
Syria, Iraq conflicts send asylum-seeker numbers up 45%: UN

Syria, Iraq conflicts send asylum-seeker numbers up 45%: UN

The number of asylum-seekers in industrialised countries rose by nearly half last year, driven by the devastating conflicts in Syria and Iraq, with Germany the top destination, the UN refugee agency said Thursday.

   March 26, 2015 - 15:38 GMT

Red Cross urges all sides in Yemen to obey laws of war

GENEVA Reuters - The International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC called on the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Yemeni government forces and armed groups on Thursday to obey the laws of war, voicing concern at reports of civilian casualties following air strikes.

   March 26, 2015 - 13:22 GMT
US can 'see path' to Iran nuclear deal by Tuesday

US can 'see path' to Iran nuclear deal by Tuesday

US officials said that a nuclear deal with Iran was in sight by a March 31 deadline, as top US diplomat John Kerry arrived in Switzerland for down-to-the-wire talks.

   March 26, 2015 - 00:39 GMT
Short circuit delays particle hunter machine restart

Short circuit delays particle hunter machine restart

A short-circuit at the world's largest proton smasher has indefinitely delayed the particle-hunting machine's planned restart, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research CERN said on Wednesday.

   March 25, 2015 - 19:45 GMT

UN tells backers of Libya's rival sides to pressure them for peace

International backers of Libya's rival factions must pressure the warring groups to work out a political deal and help to choke off the supply of guns to the country, a U.N.

   March 25, 2015 - 15:42 GMT
Libyan activists 'under attack' by all sides: UN report

Libyan activists 'under attack' by all sides: UN report

Activists speaking up against abuses in war-torn Libya face reprisals from all sides in the chaotic conflict, and are increasingly being threatened, attacked, abducted and killed, the UN warned in a report Wednesday.

   March 25, 2015 - 13:38 GMT

Greek ex-finance minister guilty of misdemeanor, not felony

ATHENS, Greece - A special court acquitted Greece's former finance minister George Papaconstantinou of felony charges of breach of faith and doctoring a document Tuesday in a case concerning Greeks with bank accounts in Geneva, and found him guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge.

   March 24, 2015 - 19:50 GMT
Assange demands rape case files before Sweden questions him

Assange demands rape case files before Sweden questions him

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will agree to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London over rape allegations, but only if he is given access to the investigation files, his defence said Monday.

   March 23, 2015 - 22:48 GMT
Israel 'boycotts' UN rights council session on Gaza war

Israel 'boycotts' UN rights council session on Gaza war

Israel's representative was conspicuously missing when the UN Human Rights Council started a special session Monday on the situation in the Palestinian territories and the 2014 Gaza conflict.

   March 23, 2015 - 14:14 GMT
U.S. will not take floor at U.N. rights debate on Israel, Palestinians

U.S. will not take floor at U.N. rights debate on Israel, Palestinians

The United States will not take the floor at the main U.N.

   March 23, 2015 - 09:24 GMT

Ethiopian court jails pilot for 19 years for hijacking plane

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - An Ethiopian court has jailed in absentia a co-pilot who hijacked a plane bound for Rome and took it to Geneva a little over a year ago.

   March 20, 2015 - 19:40 GMT

Ethiopian pilot who hijacked plane sentenced to 20 years in jail

An Ethiopian court sentenced an Ethiopian Airlines pilot to 19 years and six months in prison on Friday for hijacking his own plane and flying it to Geneva, more than a year after he surrendered to Swiss police and sought asylum.

   March 20, 2015 - 17:48 GMT
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