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UN chief names choices for top UN environments posts 4.5.2016 Washington Post: World
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Norway’s former environment and development minister Erik Solheim to head the U.N. environment agency and announced his choice of Mexican ambassador Patricia Espinosa Cantellano for the U.N.’s top post to tackle climate change.
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Only staying in the EU can defeat TTIP | Letters 4.5.2016 Guardian: Comment is Free
Leaked documents on the EU-US TTIP trade negotiations ( Report , 2 May) prove what the Green party has been arguing for several years: TTIP is less a trade treaty, more a corporate power grab. The US is seeking access to European markets on entirely its own terms. The unprecedented attempt by multinational corporations to overwhelm the will of European citizens is laid bare. In areas as wide-ranging as the prohibition of GM food, the abolition of the EU process of chemical safety based on the precautionary principle , and the ban on cosmetic testing on animals, US demands go right to the heart of our systems of environmental protection. The documents confirm our worst fears: TTIP is a race to the bottom on environmental and social standards. Greens have been leading the fight against TTIP and are determined to keep our country a part of the EU so that we can defeat TTIP together. This treaty cannot be pushed through without the agreement of the European parliament or all 28 EU members. There is huge ...
UN demands protection for hospitals in conflicts 3.5.2016 Washington Post: World
The U.N. Security Council responded to an upsurge in deadly attacks on hospitals and medical personnel, unanimously adopting a resolution Tuesday demanding that all parties to conflicts protect staff and facilities treating the wounded and sick.
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UN demands protection for war zone hospitals after 'epidemic of attacks' 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

The UN adopts a resolution to protect healthcare in conflict, days after 55 people died in a hospital bombing in Aleppo

The UN security council has unanimously adopted a resolution intended to protect hospitals, medical professionals and patients from “an epidemic of attacks” on health facilities in war zones.

The resolution, which was drafted by New Zealand, Spain, Egypt, Japan and Uruguay and adopted on Tuesday, comes days after 55 people died when a hospital was bombed in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

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India hold second spot, South Africa drop to sixth in Test rankings 3.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
Dubai, May 3 : India held on to their second position, while South Africa dropped three places to sixth in the latest Test cricket rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday.
Limbaugh On Hillary: 'Never Got A Position That Wasn't Due To Bill' 3.5.2016 Crooks Liars
In a desperate attempt to be relevant, Rush Limbaugh is focus-group testing new themes against Hillary Clinton for Donald Trump to use in the days to come. Today's test is one that every woman who has ever worked her ass off to get to the next goal has heard: She'd be nowhere without that man paving the way for her. Except, it's pretty ridiculous. Check out Rushbo's "argument," such as it is. "In fact, Hillary Clinton has never gotten a job, a position, that wasn't due to Bill. That was not due to her husband," Rush said, as a declaration that the little lady clung to hubby's coattails for everything she ever got. He continued, "I mean, she marries Bill. She knowingly gives up on her own life and career path and decides to hitch up with Clinton for whatever reasons but among those we know that she intended to follow everywhere he went and take over at various stages. And to make his career hers. And then as he cheats and goes off that reservation, she stands by him, thereby indebting herself to him and ...
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Prosecutors to appeal against arms fair protesters verdict 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Crown Prosecution Service to try to overturn ruling in favour of group who said they blocked road to stop war crimes

Prosecutors are to appeal against a judge’s decision to dismiss charges against protesters who said they took direct action against an arms fair to stop crimes being committed with the weapons on sale.

A district judge last month dismissed the charges against five men and three women after they argued in court that authorities had failed to do enough to stop illegal deals at the Defence Systems and Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in east London.

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4 Bangladesh war crimes convicts get death sentences 3.5.2016 Hindu: News
Bangladesh has so far executed four war crimes convicts since the process began to try the top Bengali perpetrators of 1971 atrocities in line with the electoral commitment of Sheikh Hasina in 2008.
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I played fearless cricket: Shahid Afridi 3.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
Islamabad, May 3 : Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan cricket ODI captain, who retired from the 50-over format but continues to play the shortest format of the game, said in a recent interview that he played a fearless brand of cricket.
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Australia extend lead over India in Test rankings 3.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
Dubai, May.3 : Australia has opened up a six-point gap over India at the top of the ICC Test team rankings following the annual update with the results from 2012-13 no longer included in the calculations and outcomes from the 2014-15 series weighted at 50 per cent.
Dhaka Court sentences four 'Razakars' to death for 1971 war crimes 3.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
Dhaka, May 3 : A special tribunal in Dhaka on Tuesday sentenced four 'Razakars' to death and handed a life term to one for war crimes committed in 1971.
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Bangladesh war crimes court sentences 4 to death 3.5.2016 Washington Post: World
A special war crimes court in Bangladesh has sentenced four men to death for killing, torture, arson and looting during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
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West Papua: UN must supervise vote on independence, says coalition 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Exclusive: Independence leader Benny Wenda joins parliamentarians, lawyers and humanitarians demanding UN supports referendum on territory’s fate

The United Nations must pass a resolution for an internationally supervised vote for independence in West Papua, global parliamentarians and independence advocates have said.

In a meeting in London on Tuesday, the West Papuan independence leader, Benny Wenda, will join parliamentarians, lawyers and humanitarians from the UK and the Pacific region to demand the United Nations pass a resolution for an independence referendum, in order to make up for its “mistake” in allowing Indonesia to take control almost 50 years ago.

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A Palestinian view on the antisemitism row | Letters 2.5.2016 Guardian: Comment is Free
Jonathan Freedland ( My plea to the left , 30 April) asks us to imagine if a country far away was created for black people and asks if the left would treat it as it does Israel. As a Palestinian I want to tell him that if, instead of a country for Jews, a country for black people or any other group had been created in our homeland without our consent, we would have objected and resisted as Palestinians with the same vigour. If it continued to defy international law and occupy, colonise and murder and make our lives so miserable that we would leave, we would call for its boycott as we do in the case of the real occupier, Israel. And if that occupation had continued for as long as Israel’s has, we would have called supporters of human rights to help us end this occupation, treat Palestinian citizens of that state equally and allow Palestinian refugees to return. As it happens, those are the legitimate demands of the BDS movement called by Palestinian civil society organisations in ...
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Romanian sex workers challenge UK immigration policy 2.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Women targeted by Operation Nexus, which aims to deport foreign offenders, say they are legitimately self-employed

A policy aimed at deporting “high-harm” EU-national criminals and those not entitled to remain in Britain is to be challenged by Romanian sex workers who maintain they are self-employed.

Although freedom of movement is guaranteed within the European Union, the right to stay – after the first three months – is dependent on new arrivals “exercising their treaty rights”, for example, by working or studying.

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Did You Miss That Time Obama Denounced Dick Cheney? 1.5.2016 Crooks Liars
I totally missed this video when it was released last September. The White House, yes, the real White House with the Obama Administration in it, released this video when Dick Cheney took to the Fox News airwaves and The American Enterprise Institute's podium to denounce the Iran deal and attempt to influence Congress to reject the treaty. Which is kind of ironic, given that this is the same Cheney who as a 1980's Congressman thought his colleagues should just butt out as Reagan sold weapons to Iran in the Iran Contra Scandal. The video above is nothing short of unprecedented for three reasons: One, it is almost unheard of that a sitting President will call out a former Vice President, even one from the other party, for being wrong about issues while that person was Vice President. There is a collegiality rule that if you don't have something nice to say about your predecessors, you say ...
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VM: Indian cricket in the grip of summer heat (Column: Just Sport) 30.4.2016 New Kerala: World News
An old hand at cricket politics argues that like the Supreme Court judges heard the National Security Adviser on an "integrated synchronised approach" to national security, they should hear the cricket board officials as to what is good for the game in the country.
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China slams U.S. on SCS issue 30.4.2016 Hindu: News
Says Washington subscribes to international law when it is favourable and ignores it when it is not
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Kunduz hospital air strike not a war crime: US 30.4.2016 New Kerala: World News
Kabul, Apr. 30: General Joseph Votel, the head of US Central Command, has said that the US personnel who bombarded a hospital in the Afghanistan's Kunduz city last year that killed 42 people will not face war crimes charges.
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'Monstrous disregard' for civilians, says UN rights chief, as hospitals bombed in Syria 30.4.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, Apr 30 : The United Nations human rights chief on Friday said that the latest reports of civilian deaths and injuries in Syria, including bombings of marketplaces and medical facilities, reveal a "monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties to the conflict," calling for urgent action by all relevant actors to resolve to help the people of Syria.
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