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“United Nations War Crimes Commission Records: Past, Present and Future”
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REGISTER NOW The United Nations Department of Public Information invites you to a panel discussion "United Nations War Crimes Commission Records: Past, Present and Future" Tuesday, 11 November 2014 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York The United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC) was operational between 1943 and 1948 and played a vital role in preparing the ground for the war crimes trials that followed

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Taliban Are Rising Again in Afghanistan’s North
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Taliban Are Rising Again in Afghanistan’s North By Azam Ahmed, The New York Times 22 October 2014 CHAHAR DARA, Afghanistan — The last time Afghans in the northern province of Kunduz felt so threatened by the Taliban was in 2009, just before President Obama deployed thousands of troops to push the insurgents back from the outskirts of the province’s capital. Now the Taliban are back, but the cavalry will not be coming. With just two months left

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‘No alternative to silencing the guns,’ UN South Sudan envoy tells Security Counci
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‘No alternative to silencing the guns,’ UN South Sudan envoy tells Security Council UN News Centre 22 October 2014 There is no alternative to silencing the guns and immediately agreeing a comprehensive peace deal so South Sudan can return to the path of peace and stability, the United Nations envoy for the strife-riven country said today, urging the Security Council and regional leaders to help bring the warring parties to the negotiating table.

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Victims of Syrian regime honoured at DC’s Holocaust museum
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Victims of Syrian regime honoured at DC's Holocaust museum By Raya Jalabi, The Guardian 22 October 2014 Entering the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, you are required to take an ID card, a booklet detailing the life of a real person who lived during the Holocaust. As you wind through the museum’s haunting permanent exhibition, with installations taking you from the rise of the Nazi party in the 1930s, through the war years and finally

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South Sudan sexual violence ‘rampant,’ two-year-old raped: U.N.
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South Sudan sexual violence 'rampant,' two-year-old raped: U.N. By Louis Charbonneau, Reuters 20 October 2014 Rape and other forms of sexual violence by all sides in South Sudan's civil war have become so widespread that a 2-year-old child was among the victims, the U.N. special representative on sexual violence in armed conflict said on Monday. "In my 30 years of experience, I've never witnessed anything like what I saw in Bentiu," Zainab Hawa Bangura

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I.S. = Invasive Species
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I.S. = Invasive Species By Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times 11 October 2014 AN Iraqi official recently told me this story: When the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took over Mosul in the summer, the Sunni jihadist fighters in ISIS, many of whom were foreigners, went house to house. On the homes of Christians they marked “Nassarah,” an archaic Arabic term for Christians. But on the homes of Shiites they marked “Rafidha,” which means

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American suicide bomber’s travels in U.S., Middle East went unmonitored
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American suicide bomber’s travels in U.S., Middle East went unmonitored By Adam Goldman and Greg Miller, The Washington Post 11 October 2014 The Death of an American Suicide Bomber There were no U.S. air marshals watching the newly clean-shaven passenger on the transatlantic­ flight, no FBI agents waiting for him as he landed in Newark in May 2013 after returning from Syria’s civil war. As the 22-year-old Florida native made his way through

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On outskirts of Baghdad, Islamic State’s advances raise tensions
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On outskirts of Baghdad, Islamic State’s advances raise tensions By Loveday Morris, The Washington Post 16 October 2014 “If Anbar falls, it’s going to have a huge impact, for us and all Baghdad,” Gen. Ali al-Majidi, a commander with the Iraqi army’s 6th Division, said Tuesday as he visited troops on the front line near Abu Ghraib. “This is the gate of Baghdad; if they took this area, they could mortar the airport.” Iraqi officials complain

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Center for Peacemaking Practice presents Ambassador Larry Wohlers “Deconstructing the conflict in the Central African Republic”
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Center for Peacemaking Practice presents  Ambassador Larry Wohlers  “Deconstructing the conflict in the Central African Republic”

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Mimouna’s Moroccan Jewish Caravan: Panel discussion “Preserving the Past, Connecting in the Present and Building the Future”
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  Mimouna's Moroccan Jewish Caravan Panel discussion "Preserving the Past, Connecting in the Present and Building the Future" 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, 22 October 2014 The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, 8 W 70th St, New York, NY Named after the Moroccan Jewish celebration that marks the end of Passover, "Mimouna" is a non-governmental association (NGO) founded by a group of Moroccan Muslim students to preserve and promote Moroccan Jewish culture

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