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Russia and the Tatars, Divide and Digest
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Russia and the Tatars, Divide and Digest By The Economist online 17 September 2014 THE Mejlis is the governing body of Crimea’s Tatars, the Muslim indigenous group who make up 12% of the region’s population. On September 16th, its headquarters was surrounded and searched by dozens of Russian police (pictured). The raid came just a day after Crimea’s elections, which the Tatars, most of whom opposed Russia’s takeover of the peninsula this

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World hunger falls, but number of undernourished remains ‘unacceptably high’ – joint UN report
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World hunger falls, but number of undernourished remains ‘unacceptably high’ – joint UN report UN News Centre 16 September 2014 More than 800 million people – or one in every nine on the planet – suffer from hunger, but a new joint UN agency report released today stated that the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is still within reach. The State of Food Insecurity in the World report

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Dempsey raises possibility of involving U.S. combat troops in fight against Islamic State
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Dempsey raises possibility of involving U.S. combat troops in fight against Islamic State By Craig Whitlock, The Washington Post 16 September 2014 Dempsey discusses possible military action in Syria The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff raised the possibility Tuesday that U.S. troops could become involved in ground attacks against the Islamic State, despite repeated pledges to the contrary from President Obama. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey told the

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Libya closer to brink of protracted conflict and strife, UN envoy warns
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Libya closer to brink of protracted conflict and strife, UN envoy warns UN News Centre 15 September 2014 Three years after the fall of their former regime, the Libyan people find themselves nowhere closer to realizing their hopes and aspirations for a better future, the top UN official in Libya said today, noting the urgency to take advantage of a “small window of opportunity.” “The small window of opportunity before us for a peaceful resolution

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Uganda seizes explosives, suicide vests from suspected al Shabaab cell
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Uganda seizes explosives, suicide vests from suspectedal Shabaab cell By Elias Biryabarema, Reuters 15 September 2014 KAMPALA (Reuters) - Police in the Ugandan capital Kampala seized "substantial amounts of explosives" and suicide vests in raids on a suspected al Shabaab cell that was planning an imminent attack, a Ugandan official said in an interview on Sunday. Police arrested 19 people in the operation on Saturday, and Information Minister Rose

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In Somalia, emergency airlifts supply towns unreachable by road
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In Somalia, emergency airlifts supply towns unreachable by road By Athanas Makundi, UNICEF 15 September 2014 A major logistics operation is underway in Somalia to bring urgent aid to areas cut off from international help. Cargo flights to previously cut-off areas of Somalia have enabled UNICEF to provide essential vaccines, therapeutic food and medicine for malnutrition, and school supplies for thousands of children.    Habiba Ahmed Mohamed has

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Don’t Let Them Get Away with Torture

Re “Stop the C.I.A. Spin on Torture,” by Antonio M. Taguba (Op-Ed, Aug. 6): The Senate’s report on torture by the Central Intelligence Agency is expected to shed further light on the complicity of health professionals in the systematic torture and ill treatment of detainees. Much of this information is already public and documented in reports by Physicians for Human Rights and others. Before lawyers wrote memos distorting the definition of

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UN Panel Emphasizes Assad Role in Syria War Crimes
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UN Panel Emphasizes Assad Role in Syria War Crimes By John Heilprin, Associated Press 16 September 2014 As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights commission emphasized Tuesday that the Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has committed the bulk of atrocities in the civil war. The head of the commission, Brazilian diplomat and scholar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro,

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U.S. Pins Hope on Syrian Rebels With Loyalties All Over the Map
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U.S. Pins Hope on Syrian Rebels With Loyalties All Over the Map By Ben Hubbard, Eric Schmitt, and Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times 11 September 2014 President Obama’s determination to train Syrian rebels to serve as ground troops against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria leaves the United States dependent on a diverse group riven by infighting, with no shared leadership and with hard-line Islamists as its most effective fighters. After more

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Egypt: Release women’s rights defender, protesters arrested for challenging draconian protest law
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Egypt: Release women’s rights defender, protesters arrested for challenging draconian protest law Amnesty International 12 September 2014 The Egyptian authorities must release activists who were arrested simply for defying the country’s repressive protest law and are due to stand trial on 13 September, said Amnesty International.  Prominent women’s human rights defender Yara Sallam and the well-known human rights activist Sanaa Seif are

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