June

Russia, US to talk nukes

Moscow, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) Russia and the United States will hold their third round of talks in the second half of June in Geneva after two long meetings aimed at achieving a new deal on Strategic Offensive Arms Reduction.

President Obama's speech in Cairo

I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning, and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt's advancement.

OAS votes to readmit Cuba after 47 years

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — The Organization of American States voted Wednesday to revoke the 1962 measure suspending communist Cuba, overturning a landmark of the Cold War in the hemisphere.

Israeli lawmaker asks to join Gaza war crimes probe

TEL-AVIV, Israel — A member of Israel’s Knesset (Parliament), Dr. Afo Agbaria, from the left-wing Hadash coalition, wrote to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, asking that he be allowed to assist the UN investigation on war crimes during the Israeli military Operation 'Cast Lead' in the Gaza Strip this past winter. International prosecutor Richard Goldstone and his team of investigators arrived in Gaza via Egypt two days ago to begin the probe.

Egypt: Cyber insurgency rattles regime

Egyptian cyber-dissidents are becoming increasing vocal in their online criticism of President Hosni Mubarak's regime, utilising a widening repertoire of Internet networking and publishing tools to expose government abuses.

Africa: Jubilee warns of another 1980s debt crisis

JOHANNESBURG (IRIN) -- The Jubilee Debt Campaign is calling for an immediate US$400 billion debt cancellation for developing countries to avoid returning to a 1980s-style crisis.

Rape crisis in east Congo tied to mining activity

Activists concerned by this year's escalation of sexual violence in eastern Congo are trying to turn up the heat on those benefitting--directly or indirectly--from illicit mineral extractions.

Expectations high for Obamas Cairo speech

President Obama will deliver an unprecedented speech in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday, addressed to the Arab and Muslim world. Obama has said resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the top of his agenda, and his Cairo speech is expected to signal how his administration intends to move on the problem.

JCP Chair Shii protests North Korea's nuclear test

North Korea conducted a nuclear test on May 25 in disregard of world opinion. It is a flagrant violation of both United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718 of October 14, 2006, demanding that 'the DPRK not conduct any further nuclear test or launch of a ballistic missile,' and the joint statement adopted at the Six Party Talks on September 19, 2005, stating that the DPRK 'committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs.' It is unacceptable that North Korea unilaterally broke its promise to the world because of its disagreement with the April statement of the UNSC president condemning North Korea's rocket launch.

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