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April 18, 2014
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Ban: Attack on UN compound a "serious escalation" of South Sudan crisis
Dozens of refugees were killed when armed civilians attacked a United Nations peacekeepers compound in Bor, South Sudan, where nearly 5,000 refugees are living. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the attack, saying "any attack on United Nations peacekeepers is unacceptable and constitutes a war crime." Voice of America (4/17), Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (4/18), Sudan Tribune (4/17)
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"Militia Attacks UN Base in South Sudan" UN Dispatch (4/18)
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UN panel wants North Korea referred to ICC for crimes against humanity
Michael Kirby, head of a United Nations panel that investigated human rights abuses in North Korea, is calling on the Security Council to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. "The time has come for the international community to insist on action," Kirby said Thursday. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/17), Reuters (4/17)
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Why agriculture is pivotal to global security
Agriculture needs to be revamped to provide more food for a growing population from a shrinking natural resource base, says Kanayo Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Investment in agriculture will bolster not just food security but also global security, he argues. Inter Press Service (4/16)
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Global companies can take the lead against slavery
Global companies need to be more proactive in finding and eradicating modern-day slavery from supply chains, say a report from Sedex Global and Verite. Inter Press Service (4/16)
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Deal reached to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine
Ukraine, Russia, the EU and U.S. agreed on Thursday on a plan to de-escalate tensions and violence in eastern Ukraine. The plan, which calls for illegal militias to disband and disarm, grants amnesty to protesters and established monitors, is being rejected by pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk who continue to occupy government buildings. BBC (4/17), BBC (4/18)
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Violence returns to Homs as Syrian government, rebel talks fail
Talks with the Syrian government to aid civilians and rebel fighters isolated in the city of Homs have failed, says United Nations-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Government troops reportedly are close to retaking the city. Reuters (4/17), ForeignPolicy.com (4/17)
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