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Aug 6, 2014

South Sudan humanitarian aid operations are world’s largest: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The scale of humanitarian operations in South Sudan is now the largest in any single country and the world’s youngest nation is on the brink of catastrophe as a famine looms, the U.N. deputy peacekeeping chief said on Wednesday.

Ahead of a visit by U.N. Security Council ambassadors to Africa next week, Edmond Mulet told the 15-member council the dire situation could spark security concerns “as communities begin to compete for diminishing resources.”

Aug 1, 2014

North Korea accuses U.N. Security Council of double standards

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea accused the United Nations Security Council on Friday of double standards by condemning Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missiles launches while ignoring “provocative” joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.

The normally reclusive state held its fourth news conference at the United Nations this year to push for an emergency Security Council meeting on the military exercises, which Pyongyang routinely denounces as preparation for war.

Jul 24, 2014

Malaria is the leading killer in Central African Republic: aid group

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – As a recent ceasefire deal boosts prospects for peace in Central African Republic, a key medical aid group warned on Thursday that malaria was the leading killer in the impoverished landlocked country.

Malaria, a life-threatening disease transmitted to people via mosquitoes, kills more than half million people a year, mainly infants in the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Jul 7, 2014

Somali expats fear bank curbs on sending money home

NEW YORK, June 27 (Reuters) – Each month, 42-year-old
Abdirizak Alibos shows up at a money transfer business in the
heart of Minneapolis to send $500 to his three children in
war-torn Somalia.

“I send them money that they can pay for … groceries,
school fees, that they can buy health insurance, medication,”
said Alibos, who escaped to the United States seven years ago
and now has a business driving people to medical appointments.

Jun 27, 2014

Somali expats fear bank curbs on sending money home

NEW YORK, June 27 (Reuters) – Each month, 42-year-old
Abdirizak Alibos shows up at a money transfer business in the
heart of Minneapolis to send $500 to his three children in
war-torn Somalia.

“I send them money that they can pay for … groceries,
school fees, that they can buy health insurance, medication,”
said Alibos, who escaped to the United States seven years ago
and now has a business driving people to medical appointments.

May 28, 2014
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Google and Rubik’s Cube: Puzzle unlocked

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It seems incongruous: A $350 billion Internet behemoth and a quaint toy that had its heyday in the 1980s.

And yet, when Erno Rubik, the 70-year-old Hungarian architect that invented the puzzle that bears his name, sought a partner to celebrate Rubik’s Cube’s 40th anniversary, Google was a natural fit. And the search engine company understood the connection.

May 14, 2014

ICC prosecutor to examine alleged British crimes in Iraq war

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court re-opened on Tuesday a preliminary examination of allegations of “systematic detainee abuse” by British troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2008 after receiving new information.

The Hague-based court had previously concluded an examination of similar accusations in 2006, but it did not launch a full investigation because the information did not meet the “required gravity threshold.”

Apr 29, 2014

Israel, Palestinians at U.N. accuse each other of sabotaging peace

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian envoys on Tuesday took advantage of a U.N. Security Council meeting on the Middle East to publicly blame each other for the latest breakdown in the fragile peace negotiations as the deadline for a deal expired.

Robert Serry, the U.N. special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, told the 15-nation Security Council that Israeli and Palestinian leaders should “convince each other anew they are partners for peace.”

Mar 28, 2014

U.N. warns of increasing militant links between Iraq, Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations on Thursday warned about Islamist militant networks increasingly forging links across the border of Syria and Iraq, which is fueling sectarian tensions in a region that has suffered from years of bloodshed.

Violence in Iraq reached new highs in 2013, when nearly 8,000 civilians were killed. Its political elite remains deeply divided along sectarian lines, as it has been since after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq 11 years ago this month.

Mar 27, 2014

U.N. General Assembly declares Crimea secession vote invalid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday passed a non-binding resolution declaring invalid Crimea’s Moscow-backed referendum earlier this month on seceding from Ukraine, in a vote that Western nations said highlighted Russia’s isolation.

There were 100 votes in favor, 11 against and 58 abstentions in the 193-nation assembly. A number of countries did not participate in the vote. Western diplomats said the number of yes votes was higher than expected despite what they said was Moscow’s aggressive lobbying efforts against the resolution.