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China-US Pledge to Sign Paris Climate Accord

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China-US Pledge to Sign Paris Climate Accord

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the joint presidential statement on climate change by China and the United States. Both countries will sign the Paris Agreement at a special ceremony at UN Headquarters on 22 April, the first day the accord is open for signature. Ban welcomed the announcement that both countries will take [...]

Nashville’s Frist Center Hosts Italian Vehicles

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Nashville’s Frist Center Hosts Italian Vehicles

Opening May 27, 2016, at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975 marks a gathering of rare Italian-designed automobiles and motorcycles in a museum setting. The exhibition features Italian coachbuilt cars, concept cars, and motorcycles produced during the post–World War II economic revival. On view only at the Frist [...]

Azerbaijan Releases Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

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Azerbaijan Releases Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

The Azerbaijani authorities today released prominent human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev in what Amnesty International billed an overdue step towards righting the injustice against him and all remaining prisoners of conscience. Intigam Aliyev, head of the NGO Legal Education Society and a vocal government critic, was arrested in August 2014. In April 2015, according to [...]

UN Women to Bring Gender Equality to Newsrooms

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UN Women to Bring Gender Equality to Newsrooms

The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality has launched a partnership with leading media houses to galvanize attention and concrete action towards women’s rights within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The initiative, Step it Up for Gender Equality Media Compact, brings together a broad coalition of print, broadcast and online [...]

John Kerry Meets Vladimir Putin to Discuss Syria

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John Kerry Meets Vladimir Putin to Discuss Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin received in the Kremlin US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday. Kerry arrived for a meeting with Putin after his talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Kerry expressed his satisfaction over the Russia-US cooperation, which, according to him, made a difference to the life of people in Syria and [...]

Brussels Terror Attacks: NATO Issues High Alert

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Brussels Terror Attacks: NATO Issues High Alert

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said he was deeply saddened by the terrorist attacks in Brussels Tuesday. “The heavy human toll is tragic. My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones, with all those affected, and with the people of Belgium. We all stand together with our Ally Belgium on this dark [...]

London Gets All-Electric Double-Decker Buses

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London Gets All-Electric Double-Decker Buses

Transport for London (TfL) has introduced world’s first zero-emission, long-range, all-electric BYD Double-Decker buses into revenue service routes. TfL deployed its first all-electric double decker buses with a special ceremony at London city hall this week with London’s Deputy Mayor of Environment and Energy, Matthew Pencharz formally receiving the first bus from BYD Europe. TfL [...]

Putin Discusses Syria and Ukraine with Obama

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Putin Discusses Syria and Ukraine with Obama

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation Monday with the U.S. President Barack Obama. The two leaders exchanged assessments of the course of implementing the statement by Russia and the United States, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group, on cessation of hostilities in Syria. The leaders stated that the Russian-US initiative, supported [...]

Human Rights Defenders Attacked in Russia

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Human Rights Defenders Attacked in Russia

The violent assault on human rights defenders (HRDs) and journalists in the Russian Republic of Ingushetia is further evidence of the authorities’ abject failure to protect those who work to safeguard human rights, Amnesty International said Thursday. Human rights defenders from the Joint Mobile Group (JMG) in the Russian North Caucasus, along with journalists from [...]

Turkey Government Steamrolls Press Freedom: Amnesty

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Turkey Government Steamrolls Press Freedom: Amnesty

The government takeover of Zaman newspaper is the latest deeply troubling episode in the Turkish authorities’ ongoing onslaught on dissenting media, Amnesty International said Friday. According to the state news agency Anadolu, at the request of the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, a court appointed trustees to take over the newspaper’s management. “By lashing out [...]

Russia Taking Steps to Handle Situation in Syria and North Korea

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Russia Taking Steps to Handle Situation in Syria and North Korea

President of Russia Vladimir Putin held a meeting Friday with permanent members of the Security Council. The participants exchanged views on the continuing cessation of hostilities in Syria and the increasing tensions over North Korea. They also continued discussions on measures to stabilise the oil market in Russia and through work with partners abroad. [ [...]

General Nicholson to Lead NATO Security in Afghanistan

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General Nicholson to Lead NATO Security in Afghanistan

General John “Mick” Nicholson assumes command of NATO’s Resolute Support mission from General John F. Campbell, NATO said in a statement released today. As commander of the Resolute Support mission, General Nicholson will lead NATO’s effort to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces and institutions, and help them further improve their effectiveness and [...]