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Thursday 19 May 2011
The international genocide tribunal in Cambodia, established to try former Khmer Rouge leaders allegedly involved in crimes against humanity, is facing a severe crisis amid accusations the Cambodian authorities are blocking the prosecution of several ageing suspects.
Wednesday 04 May 2011
Hardline nationalists from the JHU party of Buddhist monks staged a sit-in protest in Colombo yesterday against a report by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling for both sides in the country's civil war to be investigated for war crimes.
Wednesday 27 April 2011
A formal UN investigation into what it says are "credible allegations" the Sri Lankan authorities may have committed war crimes will only proceed if the government in Colombo agrees to an inquiry or if member states call for one, the UN Secretary-General has said. Both scenarios are highly unlikely, which means claims Sri Lankan troops systematically shelled "no-fire zones" and hospitals and were responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians are unlikely to be addressed.
Monday 25 April 2011
Thai and Cambodian troops clashed for a third successive day yesterday over their disputed border, with gunfire and explosions echoing through mountainous jungle for several hours despite a call for a ceasefire by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Friday 08 April 2011
Ivory Coast's besieged strongman Laurent Gbagbo clung defiantly to the last vestiges of his power in a bunker beneath the presidential palace yesterday, refusing to surrender to his rival Alassane Ouattara's forces even though all escape routes seemed to be closed.
Saturday 02 April 2011
Afghanistan has been hit by more violent protests against the burning of a Koran in the US, a day after seven UN workers were brutally murdered.
Tuesday 01 February 2011
The building housing a news website that had been repeatedly critical of the Sri Lankan authorities has been destroyed in what activists say is just the latest assault on media freedom in the country.
Friday 03 December 2010
A wish list of information that the US State Department was asked to find out about on Ban Ki-moon, the general secretary of the United Nations, and was described as a "spy's shopping list" was drawn up by the CIA, it was claimed. Information demanded by the list included data such as credit card numbers.
Wednesday 01 December 2010
She might have wanted to keep her head down, but instead the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, yesterday landed in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, for a meeting of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Sunday 26 September 2010
Canadian manager joins bidders for Regent Street
Canadian fund manager PSP has emerged as the fourth shortlisted party vying to buy part of the Crown Estate's £1.6bn Regent Street portfolio.
Monday 23 August 2010
The "unprecedented nature" of the public response to an appeal to help people in flood-ravaged Pakistan will be revealed today.
Thursday 19 August 2010
According to Pakistan's representative at the UN, the world's failure to stump up enough money for the flood disaster in his country is down to David Cameron's remarks that it was an exporter of terrorism. But his country doesn't need outside critics to put people off giving. Half his own citizens are shouting from the rooftops they have fled to that their own government has failed to respond adequately to the crisis and that most of the aid will end up in the coffers of the ruling elite.
Tuesday 17 August 2010
Things are going from bad to worse in Pakistan. The monsoon flood waters have surged into new areas. One-fifth of Pakistan – an area the size of Italy – has been hit and around 20 million people are now said to be affected. Some 6 million are at high risk from deadly, water-borne diseases. Two million people have fled their homes. It is the worst disaster that the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has ever seen, he said as he left the country at the weekend.
Monday 16 August 2010
Foreign donors were urged by the UN chief to quicken their aid to flood-hit Pakistan as experts warned there was an urgent threat of cholera and other water-borne diseases spreading further.
Sunday 15 August 2010
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in flood-ravaged Pakistan today to boost relief efforts as the 20 million people made homeless grew increasingly desperate.
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