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Oct 27, 2014

U.N. rights investigator ‘shocked’ by latest Iran execution

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N. human rights investigator on Monday expressed shock at Iran’s weekend execution of a 26-year-old woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager, saying he had repeatedly voiced concerns to Tehran about her trial.

Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the gallows at dawn on Saturday in Tehran’s Evin prison after failing to secure a reprieve from the dead man’s relatives within the 10-day deadline set by sharia law in force since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Oct 27, 2014

U.N. blasts restrictions on health workers traveling from Ebola-hit states

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations on Monday sharply criticized new restrictions imposed by three U.S. states on health workers returning from countries hit by Ebola, with the U.N. chief saying they created difficulties for those risking their lives in the battle against the disease.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman did not name specific countries, although he acknowledged to reporters that the statement covered new quarantine rules imposed by the states of New York, New Jersey and Illinois that caused controversy when an asymptomatic nurse was ordered into quarantine.

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      "I am Reuters' United Nations bureau chief based in New York. My previous postings were in Berlin, Vienna, Hong Kong and Prague. I have reported from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the United States."
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