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What Is the UN Response to Brexit?

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What Is the UN Response to Brexit?

Following the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) – termed as Brexit (a portmanteau of “Britain” and “exit”), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that the UN will continuing to work with both “important partners.” “The Secretary-General expects the EU to continue to be a solid partner for the [...]

How to Mitigate the Impact of Brexit

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How to Mitigate the Impact of Brexit

The United Kingdom, Europe and the world woke up this morning to a new reality. With the majority of the population voting to leave the European Union, Britain has started its road to separation. With sterling plummeting to its lowest level in 31 years and the stock market falling sharply, what lies ahead? What will [...]

NATO Reacts to North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch

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NATO Reacts to North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today reacted sharply over North Korea’s ballistic missile launch. “I strongly condemn the launch by North Korea of two ballistic missiles,” he said in a statement issued by NATO today. According to reports, South Korea revealed that North Korea (a.k.a. DPRK) has test-fired two mid-range ballistic missiles from its eastern [...]

Danger Every Step of the Way for Refugee Children

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Danger Every Step of the Way for Refugee Children

More than 9 out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, prompting UNICEF to warn of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death facing them. In a report, Danger Every Step of the Way, released Tuesday, UNICEF says that 7,009 unaccompanied children made the crossing from [...]

Russia, Israel Review Israeli Palestinian Peace Process

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Russia, Israel Review Israeli Palestinian Peace Process

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu who has arrived in Russia on an official visit on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. According a Kremlin statement released Tuesday, the two leaders discussed current issues of bilateral cooperation, including the [...]

NATO Chief Previews the Warsaw Summit

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NATO Chief Previews the Warsaw Summit

The run-up to the NATO Summit in Warsaw and the security challenges facing the Alliance were the main topics of a live-streamed discussion that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had with an audience of around 200 European Union policy influencers and Twitter users on Monday (6 June 2016). Asked if Warsaw will be a “make-or-break” [...]

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 [...]