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Apr 3, 2014

Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams head line-up at Montreux Jazz

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Stevie Wonder will headline the Montreux Jazz Festival, fulfilling a longtime wish of its late founder Claude “Funky” Nobs, in its 48th edition which also brings red-hot Pharrell Williams to its famed stage.

The line-up for the July 4-19 festival, unveiled on Thursday, includes former Blur front man Damon Albarn, hip-hop duo Outkast, the veteran Van Morrison, Massive Attack, and R&B Californian newcomer Banks.

Apr 2, 2014

Miners in lock-down in Guinea as Ebola death toll hits 84

CONAKRY/GENEVA, April 2 (Reuters) – Foreign mining firms
have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some
international staff, executives said on Wednesday, as the death
toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 84.

The West African nation’s government said four new suspected
cases of one of the world’s most lethal infectious diseases had
been reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 134.

Apr 2, 2014

Miners in lock-down as Ebola death toll hits 83 in Guinea

CONAKRY/GENEVA, April 2 (Reuters) – Foreign mining firms
have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some
international staff, executives said on Wednesday, as the death
toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 83.

Five new suspected infections were reported in the last 24
hours, the U.N.’s World Health Organisation (WHO), bringing the
total to 127.

Apr 1, 2014

U.N. aims to evacuate 19,000 Muslims under threat in Central African Republic

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Tuesday it was trying to evacuate 19,000 Muslims urgently from Bangui and other parts of Central African Republic who are surrounded by anti-balaka Christian militia threatening their lives.

Anti-balaka forces control major routes to and from Bangui as well as many towns and villages in the southwest, the U.N. refugee agency said. The militia has become more militarised as it steps up attacks on Muslims and African Union peacekeepers.

Mar 28, 2014

‘Mind your own business’, North Korea says of U.N. demand for justice

GENEVA (Reuters) – “Mind your own business,” North Korea’s ambassador told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday, moments before it voted to demand justice for Nazi-style atrocities in his country.

U.N. human rights investigators said last month security chiefs and possibly Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un himself should be tried for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings, saying the crimes were “strikingly similar” to those committed during World War Two.

Mar 28, 2014

‘Mind your own business’, North Korea tells envoys demanding U.N. action

GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korea’s ambassador told U.N. rights diplomats to “mind your own business” before they voted on Friday to demand the country face international justice for crimes against humanity likened to Nazi-era atrocities.

U.N. investigators said last month security chiefs and possibly Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un himself should be tried for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings, saying the crimes were “strikingly similar” to those committed during World War Two.

Mar 28, 2014

U.N. rights forum calls for use of armed drones to comply with law

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations called on all states on Friday to ensure that the use of armed drones complies with international law, backing a proposal from Pakistan seen as taking aim at the United States.

A resolution presented by Pakistan on behalf of co-sponsors including Yemen and Switzerland did not single out any state. The United States is the biggest drone user in conflicts including those in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Mar 27, 2014

U.N. watchdog urges Obama to curb drone use, surveillance

GENEVA (Reuters) – A U.N. human rights watchdog called on the Obama administration on Thursday to limit its use of drones targeting suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban militants and to curb U.S. surveillance activities at home and abroad.

U.S. drone strikes have led to excessive civilian casualties and unrestricted data collection has eroded the right to privacy, the U.N. Human Rights Committee said in its first report on Washington’s rights record since 2006.

Mar 27, 2014

U.N. launches Sri Lanka war crimes investigation

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations on Thursday launched an inquiry into war crimes allegedly committed by both Sri Lankan state forces and Tamil rebels during their conflict that ended in 2009, saying the government had failed to investigate properly.

“The international community has become increasingly concerned by the continued lack of progress in achieving reconciliation, justice and accountability for serious allegations of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law,” Paula Schriefer, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state, told the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Mar 27, 2014

U.N. watchdog urges Obama to review deadly drone policy

GENEVA (Reuters) – A U.N. human rights watchdog called on the Obama administration on Thursday to review its use of drones to kill suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban militants abroad and reveal how it chose its targets.

In its first report on Washington’s rights record since 2006, it also called for the prosecution of anyone who ordered or carried out killings, abductions and torture under a CIA program at the time of President George W. Bush, and to keep a promise to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.