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Syria conflict: UN in record humanitarian aid appeal
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Syria conflict: UN in record humanitarian aid appeal BBC 8 December 2014 The UN says it will need a record $16bn (£10.5bn; 13.3bn euros) to fund its humanitarian operations next year, with almost half the total going to help victims of the Syrian conflict. It says the money will provide aid for more than 57 million of the most vulnerable people around the world. The UN humanitarian chief said the level of need was "unprecedented". The request comes

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In South Sudan, more violence to come
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In South Sudan, more violence to come By Editorial Board, The Washington Post 7 December 2014 SOUTH SUDAN appears to teetering — again — at the edge of an abyss. Since a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former vice president Riek Machar plunged the young nation into civil war a year ago , 1.9 million people have been displaced, famine has been knocking at the door and the stability so necessary to build for the future has been

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Qaeda Group in Yemen Threatens to Kill American Journalist by End of This Week
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Qaeda Group in Yemen Threatens to Kill American Journalist by End of This Week By Kareem Fahim and Rukmini Callimachi, The New York Times 4 December 2014 Seething over an attempt last month by United States commandos to free an American hostage, Al Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate has threatened to kill him by the end of the week and warned the Obama administration against further “foolish action,” according to a video posted on YouTube. The journalist,

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U.S. options in Syria shrivel as Islamists and Assad regime make gains
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U.S. options in Syria shrivel as Islamists and Assad regime make gains By Time Lister, CNN 4 December 2014 The fortunes of potential U.S. allies among Syrian rebel groups are ebbing fast as hardline Salafist groups and especially al Qaeda's affiliate go on the offensive. The past month has dealt further reverses to already-beleaguered moderate groups, whose presence in the critical northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo has further eroded. This is

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US troops in Iraq will get immunity from prosecution, bolstering fight with Isis
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US troops in Iraq will get immunity from prosecution, bolstering fight with Isis By The Guardian 4 December 2014 The US has reached an agreement with Iraq on privileges and immunities for the growing number of troops based in the country, helping in the fight against the Islamic State (Isis) militant group, the new US ambassador said on Thursday. Stuart Jones said prime minister Haider al-Abadi has given assurances that US troops will receive immunity

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Examining a Rare Nerve-Agent Shell That Wounded American Troops in Iraq
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Examining a Rare Nerve-Agent Shell That Wounded American Troops in Iraq By C.J. Chivers and John Ismay, The New York Times 4 December 2014 The attack began like many others. Early on May 15, 2004, an American patrol was sweeping a highway in Baghdad, trying to clear the route for a convoy. An attacker in hiding, watching a spot where a roadside bomb had been hidden, detonated the bomb as the patrol neared the anticipated kill zone. There was a small

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Nigeria-US training cancellation ‘logistical, not political': Abuja
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Nigeria-US training cancellation 'logistical, not political': Abuja By AFP 5 December 2014 Nigeria on Friday said that a decision to cancel US training of its soldiers to fight Boko Haram was a logistical, not a political decision. The US Embassy in Abuja announced on Monday that the Nigerian government had halted a training programme of an army battalion, which would have developed into a unit to take on the militants. The cancellation came after

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Genocide Watch’s Dr. Gregory H. Stanton Press Release from South Africa
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Press Release 5 December 2014 For immediate release Contact: Dr. Greg Stanton of Genocide Watch Warns of Crime in South Africa At a press conference at the Transvaal Agricultural Union today, Dr. Gregory Stanton, Founding President of Genocide Watch, warned that early warnings of genocide are still deep in South African society, though genocide has not begun. Dr. Stanton was deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, worked

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Land Mines Are Taking Smaller Toll, Group Says
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Land Mines Are Taking Smaller Toll, Group Says By Rick Gladstone, The New York Times 3 December 2014   Deaths and injuries from land mines and other explosive remnants of war fell to the lowest level ever recorded last year, and production of the weapons appeared to have practically ceased, a leading disarmament group reported on Wednesday. The group, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, attributed the declines to increased compliance

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Rewriting the War, Japanese Right Attacks a Newspaper
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Rewriting the War, Japanese Right Attacks a Newspaper By Martin Fackler 2 December 2014   SAPPORO, Japan — Takashi Uemura was 33 when he wrote the article that would make his career. Then an investigative reporter for The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s second-largest newspaper, he examined whether the Imperial Army had forced women to work in military brothels during World War II. His report, under the headline “Remembering Still Brings Tears,”

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