Obama calls on world to back two-state plan

US President Barack Obama has called for 'redoubled efforts' towards a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine in Dresden. On a visit to the eastern German city, Mr Obama called on all nations 'to redouble our efforts' towards separate Israeli and Palestinian states.

Activists seek inquiry into Guantanamo Bay death

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called on Wednesday for a full and transparent investigation into the recent death of a Yemeni national held at the US prison camp on Guantanamo Bay.

Obama offers real hope, Netanyahu's 'government of yesterday' offers nothing

As an Israeli patriot I must say, without the shadow of a doubt, that at this moment the president of the United States understands the interests of Israel much better than Israel's own prime minister and his ministers.

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.

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