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Iran Lambasts Illegal Use of Sanctions

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's UN Envoy Gholamali Khoshroo slammed the illegal use of sanctions by certain states, underlining that even the UN Security Council sanctions resolution should be adopted with full respect and compliance with the UN Charter.
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4.5 million pupils in OECD nations 'failing at 15': report

Paris (AFP) - Around 4.5 million pupils in OECD countries have failed to attain a sufficient level of proficiency in either reading, maths or science at the age of 15, according to a new study released by the think-tank on Wednesday....
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Armed with new U.S. money, NATO to strengthen Russia deterrence

Backed by an increase in U.S. military spending, NATO is planning its biggest build-up in eastern Europe since the Cold War to deter Russia but will reject Polish demands for permanent bases. ...
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Under fire for smacking, UN tells France to ban corporal punishment

Geneva (AFP) - France, which has come under fire for not fully banning smacking, must "explicitly prohibit" all forms of corporal punishment of children, a UN report said Thursday, criticising its treament of Roma and asylum-seeking minors....
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FIFA deletes Russian map without Crimea to 'avoid any misunderstandings'

Moscow (AFP) - FIFA on Wednesday deleted a Tweet containing a map of Russia without Crimea, the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014, to avoid "any misunderstandings"....
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UN chief denounces Israeli occupation, illegal settlements again

The United Nation (UN)’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has once again censured the Israeli regime for its decades-long occupation of the Palestinian territories and illegal settlement construction on the occupied lands....
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Netanyahu Chides Ban Ki-moon for Settlement Remarks

JERUSALEM — Hours after an Israeli woman who was stabbed by Palestinian assailants in a West Bank settlement died on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel rebuked the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, who criticized Israel’s settlement activity and said it was “human nature to react to occupation.”...
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Some 200,000 at risk in Turkey's fight against Kurdish militants: Amnesty

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Security operations in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast have put up to 200,000 people at risk, placing them in the crossfire or cutting them off from emergency and basic services such as water, rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday....
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UN Libya envoy in Tripoli for government talks

Tripoli (AFP) - The UN's envoy for Libya held talks in Tripoli Friday, seeking to encourage the administration there to commit to a national unity government that would end years of bloodshed....
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New Year's Day 2016: Wishes from Obama, Cameron, Hollande and other world leaders

Political leaders around the world took time off to celebrate the New Year 2016, wishing their followers on social media. While some kept it simple and joyful, some reminded us of some of the horrible attacks on humanity in 2015 and urged strength to fight them....
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