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Jul 2, 2015

Civilians in Yemen’s Aden struggle to survive fighting, shortages: Red Cross

GENEVA (Reuters) – Civilians struggling to survive street battles and Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden are also facing shrinking supplies of food and fuel, a senior official from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

    Hunger and disease are threatening the 1 million residents of Aden, now a war zone caught between local militiamen and Houthi fighters, Bertrand Lamon told Reuters in Geneva.

Jul 2, 2015

United States asks Swiss to extradite 7 in FIFA inquiry

ZURICH/GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States has asked
Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an
investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer’s
governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said
on Thursday.

The move marks the start of a legal process expected to last
several months during which the officials, who have been in jail
since being detained on U.S. arrest warrants in May, will either
keep fighting extradition to the United States or agree to go.

Jul 1, 2015

U.N. warns of risks as Europe enjoys scorcher

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations warned on Wednesday of the dangers posed by hot weather, especially to children and the elderly, as much of Europe sweltered in a heatwave whose intensity it blamed on climate change.

Authorities should give people as much warning as possible of potentially dangerous high temperatures so that they take can precautions, the World Meteorological Organization and the World Health Organization said.

Jun 29, 2015

Israel, Palestinians say to investigate Gaza warcrime accusations

GENEVA (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians promised on Monday to investigate alleged war crimes committed by their forces during the 2014 Gaza war, amid growing calls for an end to impunity on both sides.

During an often virulent three-hour debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council, boycotted by Israel, the president of the Geneva forum rebuked envoys of Saudi Arabia and Venezuela for referring to Israel as a “racist regime” and its “genocidal aggression”.

Jun 26, 2015

U.N. rights experts urge U.S. moratorium on death penalty

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations human rights experts appealed to the United States on Friday to impose a moratorium on the death penalty for federal crimes, including the sentence imposed on the Boston Marathon bomber, with a view to abolishing the practice.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was moved on Thursday to a U.S. penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, home to the so-called “Supermax” unit that houses high-risk prisoners.

Jun 26, 2015

U.N. urges EU states to make ‘concrete commitments’ on refugees

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that the European Union’s decisions on the migrant crisis would need to be followed by “concrete commitments” from member states to ease the pressure on Italy and Greece.

European leaders argued into the early hours of Friday over how to handle the crisis in the Mediterranean, agreeing a plan to share out the care of desperate people fleeing war and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East.

Jun 23, 2015

Assad troops and rebels targeting civilians in Syria: UN

GENEVA (Reuters) – Syrian government forces have dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo nearly daily this year, amounting to the war crime of targeting civilians, and insurgent shelling has caused mass casualties, U.N. investigators said on Tuesday.

Both the military and rebel groups, including Islamic State, have imposed sieges to “devastating effect”, depriving residents of food and medicine and leading to malnutrition and starvation, they said in their latest report.

Jun 22, 2015

Israel, Palestinians may have committed war crimes in Gaza: U.N. report

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. investigators said on Monday that Israel and Palestinian militant groups committed grave abuses of international humanitarian law during the 2014 Gaza conflict that may amount to war crimes.

They called on all sides to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has opened a separate preliminary investigation. The Palestinian Authority is expected to make its first formal submission to the Hague-based court this week.

Jun 22, 2015

U.N. to issue findings on war crimes in 2014 Gaza conflict

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations said it would publish on Monday the results of an investigation into war crimes alleged to have been committed by both the Israeli armed forces and Palestinian militants during the 2014 Gaza conflict.

A news conference was scheduled for 1130 GMT in Geneva.

The independent U.N. commission of inquiry, composed of chair Mary McGowan Davis, a former justice of the Supreme Court of New York, and Senegalese lawyer and human rights expert Doudou Diene, was launched a year ago at the request of the Palestinians.

Jun 18, 2015

Melee erupts at Yemen peace talks, underscoring rifts

GENEVA/SANAA (Reuters) – A fistfight erupted on the sidelines of peace talks in Geneva on Thursday between supporters of different warring factions in Yemen, underlining the divisions that have thwarted United Nations efforts broker a truce in the near three-month conflict.

Yemeni opponents of the Houthi forces that drove the government into exile interrupted a news conference by Houthi officials, throwing shoes and insulting them as “criminals” and “dogs” who were “killing the children of south Yemen”.