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Amnesty Demands End of Conviction for Journalist

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Amnesty Demands End of Conviction for Journalist

The release of Khadija Ismayilova by Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court is a welcome step but she will not have obtained justice until her conviction is quashed, said Amnesty International. Khadija Ismayilova, a freelance journalist and contributor to the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe, was detained in December 2014. According to Amnesty, she was sentenced to [...]

Vladimir Putin Visits Mount Athos in Greece

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Vladimir Putin Visits Mount Athos in Greece

Vladimir Putin visited Mount Athos on Saturday. The Russian President’s visit is timed to coincide with celebrations of 1,000 years of the Russian monastic presence in Mount Athos. In Karyes, the administrative centre of Mount Athos, Vladimir Putin attended a prayer service in the Assumption Cathedral with Protoepistat Paul and the brethren and addressed those [...]

Where Is the NATO Star Sculpture Now?

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Where Is the NATO Star Sculpture Now?

The oxidised steel sculpture known as the “NATO star” has stood in front of the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels since August 1971. As part of the move to NATO’s new headquarters, the star moved across Boulevard Leopold III to its new home on Saturday, May 28. According to NATO, to minimise disruption to the community, [...]

UN Conference on Poor Countries Opens in Turkey

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UN Conference on Poor Countries Opens in Turkey

A United Nations conference focused on the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) kicked-off Friday in Antalya, Turkey. The conference aims to assess these 48 States’ progress over the past five years, and to find ways of accelerating their path towards sustainable development. “Least developed countries have seen significant progress and are a major human and [...]

Azerbaijan Frees Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

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Azerbaijan Frees Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

Khadija Ismayilova, a freelance journalist and contributor to the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe, was detained in December 2014. In September 2015, she was sentenced to seven and a half years’ imprisonment on charges relating to abuse of power and tax evasion. Two months ago, the Azerbaijani authorities had released prominent human rights lawyer [...]

World Humanitarian Summit Begins in Turkey

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World Humanitarian Summit Begins in Turkey

United Nations officials highlighted Sunday that the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) taking place May 23 – 24, 2016 in Istanbul will serve as a wake-up call for action in the service of common humanity, providing a launch pad for new initiatives. “We have tremendous suffering in the world today. There is huge need for [...]

NATO in Warsaw: Steeling the Alliance?

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NATO in Warsaw: Steeling the Alliance?

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow addressed key issues on NATO’s agenda for the Warsaw Summit at the annual Lennart Meri Conference in Tallinn on Saturday. Ambassador Vershbow took part in a panel discussion entitled “NATO in Warsaw: Steeling the Alliance?,” together with Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Ambassador [...]

Lionel Messi Writes: Don’t Go Down

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Lionel Messi Writes: Don’t Go Down

Lionel Messi and Gatorade – a division of PepsiCo – released Thursday the first of 10 handwritten letters from the FC Barcelona superstar and five-time World Player of the Year. The letters are supposed to offer words of hope, encouragement and perseverance to communities across the world. For ten consecutive weeks, Messi will send a [...]

What Is the Importance of Education in Emergencies?

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What Is the Importance of Education in Emergencies?

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom travelled to conflict-hit eastern Ukraine to raise awareness of the global education crisis facing children in humanitarian emergencies. Bloom visited classrooms hit by shells just three kilometres from the frontline of the conflict that broke out more than two years ago. Approximately 580,000 children are in urgent need of aid [...]

NATO Getting Ready for the Warsaw Summit

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NATO Getting Ready for the Warsaw Summit

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Albanian President Bujar Nishani to NATO Headquarters today to discuss preparations for the Warsaw Summit. The 2016 Warsaw Summit will take place in Warsaw, Poland on July 8 and 9. It will be a meeting of NATO heads of state and heads of government. Speaking at a joint press [...]

Russia Launches Carrier Rocket from Vostochny

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Russia Launches Carrier Rocket from Vostochny

Russian President Vladimir Putin observed today the launch of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket from the Vostochny Space Launch Centre. The booster will deliver into orbit three spacecraft – Mikhail Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218. The President congratulated Roscosmos, cosmodrome workers and builders on the successful launch of the carrier rocket. “I would like to congratulate you [...]

Process to Elect Next Director-General of WHO Begins

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Process to Elect Next Director-General of WHO Begins

The process to elect the next Director-General of the WHO is now underway. Member States can nominate candidates to be the new head of the global public health body. It is the first step in the process which will culminate in a final round of voting at the World Health Assembly in May 2017, with [...]

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