Monday, 29 July 2013

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July 29, 2013
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Security Council, Syrian rebels meet, discuss "desperate" situation
The United Nations Security Council met Friday with Syrian rebels, who asked the UN to help pressure the Syrian government to attend peace talks that result in the exit of President Bashar Assad from power. "Far more international pressure [is needed] to force the Assad regime to accept a political transition," said Ahmed al-Jarba of the Syrian National Coalition to Security Council members. CBS News/The Associated Press (7/26), Voice of America (7/26)
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@UNSpokesperson: Ahead of 28 July election in #Mali #UNSG calls for peaceful, credible and transparent process
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UN Dispatch
"Unfortunately, rape happens everywhere, but what is particular about Afghanistan, and a few other countries, is that the vast majority of times, the raped, and not the rapist, is punished. This horrid phenomenon caught worldwide attention this week as authorities in UAE finally released a Norwegian woman who was arrested after reporting her sexual assault while on a business trip." UN Dispatch (7/26)
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UN, Syria agree on "way forward" for chemical-weapons investigation
Discussions between the United Nations chemical-weapons expert Ake Sellstrom and the UN high representative for disarmament Angela Kane and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem "were thorough and productive and led to an agreement on the way forward," a joint statement said. The UN team has yet to gain access to investigate claims of chemical-weapons use. Reuters (7/27), The Nation (Pakistan)/Agence France-Presse (7/28)
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Women & Girls
Pakistan's children often head to work instead of school
Pakistan's children continue to enter the labor pool at an early age rather than attending school. "These children are not only denied access to their rights to education, protection, health and development but are also highly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation," says UNICEF's Smaranda Popa. (7/26)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Syrian troops take control of rebel-held neighborhood in Homs
Syrian government troops wrested control of a neighborhood in the city of Homs from rebels today, according to The Associated Press. Meanwhile, Syrian rebels continue to seek weapons from the West. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (7/29), Al Arabiya (United Arab Emirates) (7/28), DAWN Media Group (Pakistan)/Agence France-Presse (7/28), Bay blog (7/26)
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Morsi supporters risk new clashes after weekend violence in Egypt
Backers of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi continued protests today after weekend clashes with the Egyptian army that reportedly left 72 from the Muslim Brotherhood dead. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling all of Egypt's political parties "to act immediately to help their country take a step back from the brink." Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (7/29), Reuters (7/27), Al Jazeera (7/28)
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Prisoner release paves way to Israel-Palestinian peace talks
Israel has agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, paving the way to peace talks between the two for the first time in three years. The talks are slated to begin tonight and continue into Tuesday. Reuters (7/29), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/28)
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Confrontational approach in Egypt leading to disaster: Pillay. UN Radio (7/29)
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