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Death Sentence for Apostasy on Mauritanian Blogger

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Death Sentence for Apostasy on Mauritanian Blogger

The United Nations human rights office deplored Tuesday the confirmation of the death sentence for apostasy against a Mauritanian blogger, Mohammad Ould M’Kaitir, by the appellate court on 21 April. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), Mr. Ould M’Kaitir was convicted in the first instance by the criminal [...]

Female Genital Mutilation on the Rise: Report

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Female Genital Mutilation on the Rise: Report

A new UN report released Monday says that, despite being forbidden by national and international law, female genital mutilation and / or excision shows no sign of abating in Guinea. According to the report, 97 percent of women and girls aged 15 to 49 years in Guinea have undergone female genital mutilation and / or [...]

Baby with Albinism Murdered in Malawi

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Baby with Albinism Murdered in Malawi

The horrific murder of a two-year-old girl with albinism highlights the failure by the Malawi’s authorities to protect this vulnerable group, said Amnesty International following the discovery of her skull, teeth and the clothes she was wearing in Balantha Hill in Kasungu district. The child, Whitney Chilumpha, had been missing since being abducted from her [...]

Victoria Kwakwa Gets Top World Bank Post

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Victoria Kwakwa Gets Top World Bank Post

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has appointed Victoria Kwakwa as the new Regional Vice President for East Asia and Pacific. Kwakwa, a Ghanaian national, will lead the Bank’s advisory and lending operations in the region and oversee strategic engagement with the region’s 23 member countries. The Bank’s lending in East Asia Pacific is [...]

Coalition Searching for Terrorist Leader Baghdadi

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Coalition Searching for Terrorist Leader Baghdadi

The efforts of U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL or ISIS) leadership have severely limited the terror group’s operations, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said last week. Army Col. Steve Warren told Pentagon reporters via teleconference from Baghdad that the coalition has remained active in targeting ISIL leadership. Coalition [...]

Modi Visits L&T Workers’ Residential Complex in Riyadh

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Modi Visits L&T Workers’ Residential Complex in Riyadh

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, visited the L&T workers’ residential complex Saturday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. L&T is part of a consortium that is building a section of the Riyadh Metro. Speaking on the occasion, Modi appreciated the efforts made by the workers for the project, and said “your hard work has brought [...]

Saudi Arabia Donates $10 Mn to Fight Nuclear Terrorism

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Saudi Arabia Donates $10 Mn to Fight Nuclear Terrorism

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated $10 million to establish a specialized center to combat nuclear terrorism at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Vienna, Austria. Saudi Arabia also has donated $570,000 for the project to modernize the IAEA laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria. This announcement was made Friday by Dr. [...]

UN-Arab League Agreement to Prevent Sexual Violence

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UN-Arab League Agreement to Prevent Sexual Violence

The United Nations and the League of Arab States signed an agreement Tuesday to strengthen collaboration on prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in the Arab region. The agreement was signed in Cairo, Egypt, by the UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, and Nabil el-Araby, Secretary-General of the League of the [...]

Will Yemen See the End of Conflict?

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Will Yemen See the End of Conflict?

Following “extensive” consultations with Yemeni leaders and regional partners, the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen announced Wednesday that parties to the conflict have agreed to a nation-wide cessation of hostilities beginning at midnight on 10 April, in advance of the upcoming round of peace talks, scheduled on 18 April in Kuwait. “I have previously [...]

Ebola Flare-Up Is Over in Sierra Leone: WHO

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Ebola Flare-Up Is Over in Sierra Leone: WHO

The latest flare-up of Ebola in Sierra Leone is over, the United Nations health agency reported Thursday. But it cautioned that the West African region remains at risk and should remain on alert. “Today marks another milestone in the country’s effort to defeat Ebola,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement praising “rapid [...]

Amnesty Seeks Human Rights Access in Morocco

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Amnesty Seeks Human Rights Access in Morocco

Salil Shetty, the Secretary General of Amnesty International, is visiting Rabat on 17-18 March to meet Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and other government officials. The meeting is supposed to obtain guarantees that Amnesty will be granted access to conduct fact-finding missions to Morocco and Western Sahara. Amnesty says it has been unable to conduct human [...]

NATO Reaffirms Support to Afghanistan

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NATO Reaffirms Support to Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised the dedication and courage of Afghan forces and Resolute Support troops in Kabul on Wednesday. He stressed that NATO stands with Afghanistan and will continue to support the country, including through its Resolute Support Mission and financial support. “Our mission here is no longer a combat mission. But it [...]

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