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France wants investigation into alleged Sudan chemical weapons use

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:08:30 +08:00

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Friday it wanted an international investigation to decide whether Sudanese government forces had used chemical weapons in Darfur after allegations in a "worrying" report by Amnesty International.

Indonesian slum dwellers challenge eviction law in landmark case

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:32:58 +08:00

JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Slum dwellers in Indonesia have launched a landmark legal case to challenge a decades-old law which has been used to forcibly remove thousands of families, amid a wave of evictions in the country's capital.

WHO says 338 killed in eastern Aleppo in past few weeks

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:32:31 +08:00

GENEVA (Reuters) - Fighting in Syria's besieged eastern Aleppo has killed 338 people since Sept. 23, including 106 children, and 846 have been wounded, including 261 children, the World Health Organization said on Friday.Director of World Health Organization's (WHO) Department of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response Rick Brennan speaks during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

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In ex-Soviet Georgia, pope issues veiled criticism of Russia

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:22:48 +08:00

TBILISI (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for respect for international law and the sovereign rights of nations as he arrived in Georgia on Friday, an implicit criticism of Russia, which keeps troops in two breakaway areas of the ex-Soviet state.Pope Francis looks on during a welcome ceremony at the Presidential palace in Tbilisi, Georgia, September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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Famine killing tens of thousands in Boko Haram region - U.N.

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:22:22 +08:00

GENEVA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people are dying of hunger in the area of west Africa where Boko Haram militants are active, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for the region, told a news conference on Friday.

Mauritania intensifies crackdown on anti-slavery activists, says campaigner

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:17:47 +08:00

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mauritanian anti-slavery activists jailed last month have been tortured in detention and transferred to a remote desert location in an "intensification of repression" by the state, a leading campaigner said.

Two major Van Gogh works stolen in 2002 recovered - museum

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:17:21 +08:00

AMSTERDAM/ROME (Reuters) - Two stolen Vincent Van Gogh paintings worth millions of euros were found in an Italian country house belonging to an alleged mafia drug smuggler, police said on Friday, 14 years after they disappeared in a daring heist in Amsterdam.Italian Guardia di Finanza officers stand next to paintings by the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, that were stolen in Amsterdam 14 years ago, during a news conference in Naples September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

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First U.N. special envoy for Somali refugees amid 'asylum fatigue'

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:07:39 +08:00

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations has appointed its first special envoy for Somali refugees to ensure they receive protection, following accusations by a rights group that Kenya has been forcing them out of the world's largest refugee camp in a bid to close it.

EU leaders seek to agree shortcut to launching Paris climate deal

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:07:13 +08:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states agreed on Friday on a fast-track, joint ratification of the Paris accord to combat climate change, securing the deal enough backing to enter into force this year and guide a radical shift of the world economy away from fossil fuels.European Union President Donald Tusk addresses the 71st United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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Russia's Lavrov to discuss separating Syrian fighters with Kerry

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:53:48 +08:00

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday to discuss separating Syria's moderate opposition from the group formerly known as the Nusra Front, Russian news agencies quoted Lavrov as saying.