International

Tuareg Rebels Proclaim Independence in Northern Mali

Tuareg rebels in northern Mali proclaimed independence on Friday, and asked for international recognition of their so-called “Azawad” nation. In statement on their website, the rebels of The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, or MNLA, said they would respect the borders with others states

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Shell Nigeria Abuse Case Heads To US Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether or not corporations can be held liable for complicity in human rights abuses outside the country. The specific case on dock concerns the torture and execution of activists in Nigeria and the alleged involvement of oil giant Shell

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Niger will not extradite Gadhafi Son to Libya

Niger has refused to extradite to Libya the son of slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi, saying Saadi Gadhafi risks death in the country his father ruled for four decades. Niger government spokesman Marou Amadou told reporters Saturday that Niger would turn Gadhafi over to the International Criminal Court if the court requests

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Sudan Oil Dispute Raises War Rhetoric

A deepening oil dispute between South Sudan and Sudan has raised hostility to a point where leaders of both countries have suggested there is the strong possibility of a conflict. Last week, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, speaking on national television, said his country is closer to war than to peace with South Sudan without progress on an oil deal

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Russia and China Block UN Resolution on Syria

Russia and China have again vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria condemning President Bashar al-Assad's nearly year-long crackdown on anti-government protests. The 15-member council voted on a Western and Arab-backed resolution that condemned the violence and called for Mr. Assad to step aside. Thirteen members voted in favor, including the United States, France and Germany

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China Executes South African Woman for Drug Smuggling

China has executed a South African woman for drug smuggling, after rejecting appeals by the South African government to spare her life. Janice Linden was convicted in 2009 of attempting to smuggle three kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in luggage through an airport in the southern city of Guangzhou. She later argued her innocence, saying the drugs had been planted in her suitcase

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Tens of Thousands Protest Alleged Voter Fraud in Russia

Protesters came out across the world’s largest country to demand clean elections and to say what, only one week ago, was unsayable. “Russia Without Putin” was the favorite chant of thousands of demonstrators who marched within earshot of the Kremlin in the largest pro-democracy demonstration since Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000

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Pakistan: NATO Raid Kills 25 Pakistani Troops

Pakistani officials say NATO helicopters from Afghanistan have attacked a military checkpoint in northwest Pakistan, killing 25 troops and wounding at least 14 others. Pakistan retaliated within hours by closing the Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan, suspending NATO supply convoys into the neighboring country

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Syria is not Libya

The resolution approved by the United Nations General Assembly's third committee, which is in charge of the humanitarian affairs, on Tuesday, condemning "grave and systematic human rights violations by the Syrian authorities" is of little help in solving the ongoing Syrian crisis

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