UN pressing Turkey to investigate ‘alarming reports’ of rights abuses

UN pressing Turkey to investigate ‘alarming reports’ of rights abuses

Special to WorldTribune.com The UN is calling for an investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Turkey’s southeast region, citing instances of unarmed civilians being shot and rescue personnel being prevented from attending to those injured by Turkish troops. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on May 10 said […]

Egyptian migrants killed in Libya by human traffickers

Egyptian migrants killed in Libya by human traffickers

Special to WorldTribune.com Human traffickers killed 13 Egyptian migrants in Libya in a dispute over money, the United Nations said. The UN has called for an investigation into the incident in Bani Walid. A local official said on April 27 that a group of Egyptians had killed three Libyan human traffickers in the dispute and […]

Syrian opposition rejects any idea that would allow Assad to say on in limited role

Syrian opposition rejects any idea that would allow Assad to say on in limited role

Special to WorldTribune.com An idea proposed during UN-chaired talks in Syria that would allow President Bashar Assad to retain power on an interim basis was immediately shot down by the Syrian opposition. Reports said the idea was put forward during a meeting on April 15 in Geneva between the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) and […]

Khamenei: Missiles, not negotiations, are key to Iran’s future

Khamenei: Missiles, not negotiations, are key to Iran’s future

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that missiles, not negotiations, are the key to his country’s future. Khamenei’s remark, posted on his official website on March 30, came as Western powers called for the UN Security Council to consider possible action in response to Iran’s […]

Human rights crisis in Iran, Syria overlooked; Christians facing extinction

Human rights crisis in Iran, Syria overlooked; Christians facing extinction

Special to WorldTribune.com The world should not turn a blind eye to the plight of Christians in Syria and the increasing number of human rights violations in Iran, rights groups and religious leaders in the region say. Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, said on March 16 that two-thirds of Syria’s Christians have left […]

UN report: ISIL attracting fighters, expanding control in Libya

UN report: ISIL attracting fighters, expanding control in Libya

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has capitalized on the chaos in Libya to recruit a large number of jihadists and expand its area of control, according to a United Nations report. UN sanctions monitors, in their annual report to the UN Security Council, said ISIL now claims to be the […]

Aid ship docks in Yemen after being blocked by Saudis

Aid ship docks in Yemen after being blocked by Saudis

Special to WorldTribune.com A World Food Program (WFP) ship carrying humanitarian aid docked in Yemen on March 2 nearly a month after being diverted to Saudi Arabia. Saudi said it blocked the shipment on Feb. 11 because the vessel, the Mainport Cedar, was carrying communications equipment. The ship was carrying relief supplies to the port […]

Iranian official: Joining oil output freeze would be ‘illogical’

Iranian official: Joining oil output freeze would be ‘illogical’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A senior Iranian official is reported as saying it would be “illogical” for Tehran to join a proposed oil output freeze. Iranian newspaper Shargh quoted Iran’s OPEC envoy Mehdi Asali as saying Tehran would continue to increase oil production until it reaches presanction levels. The comments […]

Boutros-Ghali, former UN secretary general, dies at 93

Boutros-Ghali, former UN secretary general, dies at 93

Special to WorldTribune.com Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who led the United Nations as secretary general in the 1990s, died on Feb. 16 in an Egyptian hospital. He was 93. Current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Boutros-Ghali “a memorable leader who rendered invaluable services to world peace and international order.” A senior minister to Egyptian President Hosni […]

UN report: ISIL holding 3,500 Iraqis as slaves

UN report: ISIL holding 3,500 Iraqis as slaves

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has forced some 3,500 Iraqis into slavery, most of them minority Yazidi women and children, according to a UN report. Most of the Yazidis were forced into sexual slavery, the report, released on Jan. 19, said. The report said some 800 to 900 children were […]

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