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Ban decries alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria

The Syrian government and rebels are accusing each other of using chemical weapons. In response, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he "remains convinced that the use of chemical weapons by any party (in Syria) under any circumstances would constitute an outrageous crime." France-Presse (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"Cambodian radio station owner and human rights activist Mam Sonando has been released, in a surprising reversal of policy that has many Cambodians and Cambodia-watchers genuinely shocked."

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    Chinese President Xi Jinping is pledging support for Africa's development efforts and will visit multiple countries there this week, writes Ryan Lenora Brown. Meanwhile, BRICS countries may be setting up a World Bank-like financing arm to assist development of the global south. The Christian Science Monitor (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The Malala Fund is ready to make its first grant to give girls the opportunity to pursue education rather than enter the workforce at an early age. The fund, named for 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban, was created by Malala, her family, the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up! initiative, Vital Voices and individuals. The Huffington Post (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Syria's civil war threatens neighbors' peace
    Syria's civil war appears to be threatening the sovereignty of its neighbors. Today, Syrian shells fell on Lebanon, just a day after Lebanese President Michel Suleiman warned that such strikes were a violation of its sovereignty, writes Oliver Holmes. Meanwhile, Jordan has taken pains to stay out of the Syrian conflict but may well be drawn in, argues The Economist. Reuters (3/20), The Economist (tiered subscription model) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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