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Jun 12, 2014

Fourth year of drought hits Djibouti: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Djibouti is suffering from a fourth straight year of drought, which has driven a huge exodus of people from rural areas to the capital and caused a surge in disease and malnutrition, the top U.N. official there said on Thursday.

Robert Watkins, U.N. resident coordinator in Djibouti, was meeting officials from donor countries to seek funds for a U.N. appeal of $74 million for Djibouti this year, launched in May. The United Nations has received $9.5 million from donors so far.

Jun 11, 2014

Pact to halt forced labor snubbed by Thailand, Gulf: ILO

GENEVA (Reuters) – Perpetrators of forced labor, which affects 21 million people globally, will be punished in most countries under a U.N. treaty clinched on Wednesday, despite being snubbed by Thailand and nearly all Gulf countries.

More than half of the estimated 21 million caught up in forced or compulsory labor are women and girls and the practice reaps an estimated $150 billion in illegal profits across agriculture, fishing, mining, construction, domestic services and the sex industry, among others, the International Labour Organisation, a United Nations agency, said.

Jun 10, 2014

Assad tops list of Syria war crimes suspects handed to ICC: former prosecutor

GENEVA (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tops a list of 20 sample war crimes indictments of government officials and rebels drafted by experts for prosecution someday, a former international war crimes prosecutor said on Tuesday.

The list has been handed to the International Criminal Court (ICC), citing for each incident a specific violation of the Rome statute under which a suspect could be charged, according to David Crane, an ex-chief prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and now head of the Syria Accountability Project.

Jun 10, 2014

Iran questions nuclear deal deadline as talks “hit wall”

GENEVA/PARIS, June 10 (Reuters) – Iran questioned whether a
July deadline for a nuclear deal with world powers will be met,
fuelling doubts on the outcome as France spoke out to say talks
on curbing Tehran’s uranium enrichment had “hit a wall”.

Iran’s talks with six major powers on curbing its nuclear
programme in exchange for an end to Western sanctions could be
extended for six months if no deal is reached by a July 20
deadline agreed by all parties, a senior Iranian official said.

Jun 10, 2014

France says Iran talks ‘hitting a wall’; July deadline in doubt

GENEVA/PARIS (Reuters) – France told Iran it must cut back a key part of its nuclear program and Tehran cast doubt on the chances of meeting a July deadline for a deal with world powers, highlighting the major hurdles negotiators still face.

Iran’s talks with six major powers on curbing its nuclear program in exchange for an end to sanctions could be extended for another six months if no deal is reached by a July 20 deadline, a senior Iranian official said.

Jun 10, 2014

Iran says six-month extension of nuclear talks may be needed

GENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s talks with world powers on curbing its nuclear programme in exchange for an end to sanctions could be extended for another six months if no deal is reached by a July 20 deadline, a senior Iranian official said.

U.S. and Iranian officials held talks in Geneva on Monday to tackle ways of breaking a deadlock which has raised the likelihood that the deadline will lapse without a deal meant to head off the risk of a Middle East war over the nuclear issue.

Jun 9, 2014

Iran says six-month extension of nuclear talks may be necessary

GENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s talks with six global powers on a long-term deal to curb its nuclear program in exchange for an end to sanctions could be extended for another six months if no deal is reached by a July 20 deadline, a senior Iranian official said on Monday.

The four-month-old round of negotiations ran into difficulty last month with each side accusing the other of making unrealistic demands, sowing doubt about prospects for a breakthrough next month.

Jun 5, 2014

Venezuela’s “very weak” judiciary undermines rules of law: jurists group

GENEVA (Reuters) – Venezuela’s judiciary is persecuting students, dissidents and independent judges while turning a blind eye to most crimes in a country with one of the world’s highest murder rates, an international human rights watchdog said on Thursday.

About 1,500 students face prosecution after three months of street protests this year with no evidence they took part in any criminal act, including about 160 still behind bars, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said.

Jun 4, 2014

Swiss say working with Egypt, Ukraine to recover stolen assets

GENEVA (Reuters) – Switzerland is working hard to prevent ill-gotten assets of corrupt leaders from reaching Swiss bank coffers and an international clampdown on tax evasion could help the campaign, a senior Swiss foreign ministry official said on Wednesday.

Swiss authorities are already working closely with Egyptian counterparts on recovering nearly 700 million Swiss francs ($781.51 million) stashed by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and aides, said Valentin Zellweger, director of the foreign ministry’s international public law department.

May 28, 2014

West Africa Ebola outbreak still spreading, ‘situation serious’: WHO

GENEVA/CONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinea’s capital Conakry has recorded its first new Ebola cases in more than a month, while other previously unaffected areas have also reported infections in the past week, according to the World Health Organization.

The spread of the two-month-old outbreak, which Guinean authorities had said had been contained, risks further complicating the fight against the virus in a region already struggling with weak healthcare systems and porous borders.