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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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Iran's October missile test violated U.N. ban: expert panel

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran violated a U.N. Security Council resolution in October by test-firing a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, a team of sanctions monitors said, leading to calls in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday for more sanctions on Tehran....
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UNICEF urges swift action, 'robust financing' to close water and sanitation gaps in sub-Saharan Africa

15 December 2015 -- Some 180,000 children under the age of five die every year " roughly 500 a day " in sub" Saharan Africa due to diarrhoeal diseases linked to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today ahead of a conference in the region on boosting financing for the sector. - See more at: http://www.theafricanews.net/index.php/sid/239472951#sthash.lmBNYvfc.dpuf...
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