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Judgement Day
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Judgement Day By Tarik Abdulhak 29 August 2014 The trial of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan not only delivered a measure of justice for millions of victims, but also delved deep into the history, ideology and authority structure of the Khmer Rouge. Senior prosecutor Tarik Abdulhak, responsible for the case against Khieu Samphan, explains why the verdict is a historic one. On August 7, the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

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Syrian Refugees Surpass 3 Million, U.N. Says
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Syrian Refugees Surpass 3 Million, U.N. Says By Nick Cumming-Bruce, New York Times 29 August 2014  The number of refugees from the Syrian civil war has risen above three million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday, calling the crisis “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” More than a million people have fled in the last 12 months alone, the refugee agency said, counting only those who registered as refugees. The total

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U.N. Peacekeepers Locked in Standoff With Syrian Rebels
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U.N. Peacekeepers Locked in Standoff With Syrian Rebels By Ben Hubbard and Floyd Whaley, New York Times  29 August 2014  Another contingent of United Nations peacekeepers was caught in a standoff with Syrian rebels on Friday, a day after an armed group captured 43 peacekeepers in the area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The confrontation on Friday involved 75 Filipino soldiers serving in the United Nations mission along the demarcation

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Islamic State militants ‘behead Kurdish man’ in Iraq
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Islamic State militants 'behead Kurdish man' in Iraq BBC 28 August 2014 The video, entitled a Message in Blood, shows several men in orange jumpsuits said to be captured Kurdish fighters. The victim is then seen kneeling near a mosque in the IS-held city of Mosul before he is beheaded. The jihadists warn that others will be killed if Kurdish leaders continue to back the US. Kurdish "peshmerga" fighters from the autonomous Kurdistan Region of northern

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Suspected Islamists attack UN camp in northern Mali
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Suspected Islamists attack UN camp in northern Mali Yahoo News 29 August 2014 Suspected armed Islamist extremists on Friday fired rockets at a camp of the UN mission in Mali in the north of the country, a Malian security source said. The attackers fired four rockets at the MINUSMA base close to the border with Algeria at about 4:00 am (0400 GMT), the source told AFP, but could not say whether the camp at Aguelhoc had been struck or if there were

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Egypt Militants Post Beheading Video
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Egypt Militants Post Beheading Video ABC News 28 August 2014 An al-Qaida-inspired militant group in Egypt has posted an online video showing the beheading of four men in the Sinai Peninsula accused of spying for Israel, whose bodies were found earlier this month. The Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group, whose name means Champions of Jerusalem in Arabic, posted a 30-minute video showing detailed confessions of the four men. The four said that in exchange for

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Britain Raises Terrorism Threat Level to ‘Severe’
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Britain Raises Terrorism Threat Level to ‘Severe’ By Alan Cowell, New York Times 29 August 2014 Alarmed by the suspected presence of hundreds of British jihadis among Sunni militants in Syria and Iraq, Britain increased its assessment of the terrorism threat on its own soil on Friday and said new laws would be introduced to counter what Prime Minister David Cameron called “a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.” The tone

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Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced – U.N.
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Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced - U.N. By Stephanie Nebehay, REUTERS 29 August 2014 Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open border crossings, the United Nations said. Syrians desperate to leave their war-engulfed homeland are forced to pay hefty bribes at armed checkpoints

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Rebels Shoot Down a UN Helicopter in South Sudan: Implications
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Rebels Shoot Down a UN Helicopter in South Sudan: Implications  Eric Reeves, Sudan Reeves 26 August 2014 A helicopter of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was shot down today by forces under the command of notoriously brutal militia leader Peter Gadet.  A rocket-propelled grenade brought the aircraft down approximately ten kilometers outside Bentiu at 3:15pm local time, killing three crew members and seriously injuring a fourth.  The Mi-8

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Germany commits 750,000 euros to help refugees in Ethiopia
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Germany commits 750,000 euros to help refugees in Ethiopia By Tesfa-Alem Tekle, Sudan Tribune 24 August 2014 Germany has contributed 750,000 euros to provide ongoing humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees in Ethiopia, mostly from South Sudan. In a statement issued on Saturday, the German embassy said that the donation would go directly to support relief operations by the World Food Program (WFP), which had been facing a funds

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