UN-Backed Peace Talks For Yemen To Begin In Geneva Next Week

“The talks will start as proximity talks, with the hope of bringing the parties to sit around the same table eventually.”

BERLIN — U.N.-sponsored talks aimed at brokering a peace in Yemen will begin next week in Geneva, officials said Friday. The talks had originally been due to start on Sunday, but the arrival of one of the Yemeni delegations has been delayed, said U.N. spokesman Ahmad Fawzi. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will brief envoys from the Gulf Cooperation

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UN Peacekeepers Regularly Trade Sex For Medicine And Food

About a third of alleged sexual abuse involves minors under 18. Assistance to victims is “severely deficient.” The average investigation by OIOS, which says it prioritizes cases involving minors or rape, takes more than a year.

UNITED NATIONS -- Members of a U.N. peacekeeping mission engaged in "transactional sex" with more than 225 Haitian women who said they needed to do so to obtain things like food and medication, a sign that sexual exploitation remains significantly underreported in such missions, according to a new report obtained by The Associated Press. The draft

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U.N. Member States Accused of Cherry-Picking Human Rights

“One Government will thoroughly support women’s human rights and those of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, but will balk at any suggestion that those rights be extended to migrants of irregular status. Another State may observe scrupulously the right to education, but will brutally stamp out opposing political views.” — United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

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A demonstrator marches with his mouth covered and carries a placard that reads: "Censorship" during a protest against Spanish Citizens Security Law in Madrid, Spain. United Nations human rights experts on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 urged Spainís Senate to reject two proposed bills, saying they threaten fundamental rights and freedoms. UNITED

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Activists: Syria Conflict Death Toll Hits 150,344

In January, the U.N. said it had stopped updating its own tally of the Syrian dead because it can no longer verify the sources of information that led to its last count of at least 100,000 in late July.

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BEIRUT — The death toll in Syria's three-year conflict has exceeded 150,000, an activist group said Tuesday as fighting raged across the country, including an attack in the north that killed at least 31 people including 9 children. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that it has documented 150,344 deaths in the conflict

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UN Official: Israel Guilty Of ‘Inhuman’ And ‘Degrading’ Apartheid

Falk urges cessation of trade with settlements, as well as the lifting of the blockade on Gaza. He calls for the International Court of Justice to “assess allegations that the prolonged occupation possesses legally unacceptable characteristics of ‘colonialism’, ‘apartheid’ and ‘ethnic cleansing.'”

An activist is detained by Israeli soldiers during a protest against the Prawer Plan to resettle Israel’s Palestinian Bedouin minority from their villages in the Negev Desert, near the Israeli settlement of Bet El, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Israel's "systematic oppression" of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza appears to constitute the "inhuman" and "degrading" practice of "apartheid," charged a United Nations investigator. Richard Falk, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, chronicles Israel's human rights abuses in a searing 22-page

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50,000 Somali Kids At Risk: UN, Gov’t Ask For Help

“We have 50,000 children at the doorstep of death,” because of severe malnourishment”.

Somalia Still Hungry

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's 2011 famine is over. Militants have been pushed out of Mogadishu. Political progress is being made. And yet the U.N. and Somali government are pleading with international donors to help a country they say is still in crisis. Aid groups, pressed to respond to emergency situations in Somalia in recent years,

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