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UN signs up Cate Blanchett to boost support for refugees

Geneva (AFP) – The UN said Monday it had enlisted Oscar winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees, amid a massive global displacement crisis. The United Nations refugee agency said it had appointed Blanchett as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, a role long famously ...

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Gibraltar given FIFA boost in CAS appeal

LAUSANNE (AFP) – Gibraltar look set to become the latest members of FIFA after partially winning an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday. The small UK territory became a member of UEFA in May 2013, but the FIFA executive committee rejected an application from the ...

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UN committee to grill Israel on torture

The UN Committee Against Torture is to question Israel on its policies with regard to torture. Israeli authorities are to appear before the panel over Tuesday and Wednesday as part of a routine procedure implemented by the world body as Tel Aviv has signed the 1991 UN Convention Against Torture. ...

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Turkish parliamentary body approves bill to lift MPs immunity

A Turkish parliamentary commission has approved a controversial bill to strip lawmakers of immunity from prosecution, paving the way for a law that critics say is aimed at targeting Kurds and dissidents. Representatives from the ruling AK, CHP and nationalist MHP parties approved the legislation late Monday amid the absence of pro-Kurdish ...

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Saudi-backed side sabotaged Yemen peace: Houthi leader

Yemen’s Houthi leader has criticized delegates loyal to Saudi-backed former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi for abandoning UN-brokered Yemen peace talks in Kuwait. Abdel Malek al-Houthi said Monday that his Ansarullah movement had already signed a ceasefire deal, accusing the other side of stonewalling peace efforts and not abiding by the truce. He said ...

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Saudis angered by Hezbollah anti-terror fight: Senior official

A senior Hezbollah official says Riyadh’s “anger and failure in the region” is behind its hostile stance against the Lebanese resistance movement, which has been battling Takfiri groups in Syria. In recent months, Saudi Arabia has cranked up its pressure on Lebanon amid Hezbollah’s gains against Takfiri militants in Syria. In March, the Arab League ...

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UK Typhoons intercept ‘unresponsive’ Air France jet

Two British Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons have intercepted an Air France passenger jet after it lost contact with air traffic control. The incident occurred over Yorkshire on Monday night, when the Typhoons were launched from Coningsby airbase, in Lincolnshire, on a mission to identify an “unresponsive” aircraft. “Quick reaction ...

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Sudan presses Egypt after islands conceded to Saudi

Sudan has reiterated that it will not abandon its “sovereign right” over the two border territories of Halayeb and Shalateen, which have long been subject to a dispute with Egypt. Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said on Monday that Khartoum “will not let go of our sovereign rights on” the ...

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