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U.S. Cuts UNESCO Funding After Palestinian Vote

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted overwhelmingly in favor of granting full membership to the Palestinian Authority, but it will cost the agency the United States' portion of its funding.

UNESCO Approves Full Palestinian Membership: Why it Matters

Palestine became the 195th full member and will have a vote in the General Conference, which sets policy for UNESCO and elects members of its executive board. But the vote carried greater significance in the context of the Palestinian bid for full membership in the United Nations, something that the Security Council has yet to vote on.

U.N. Urges Yemen President to Step Down Immediately

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Friday to condemn Yemen’s bloody crackdown on peaceful protesters and endorsed an initiative aimed at securing President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s commitment to leave office.

Turkish Military Enters Iraq, Vows 'Great Revenge' for Kurdish Rebel Attack

The Turkish military has launched a series of brutal counter-attacks in northern Iraq, killing some 20 Kurdish rebels, after members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) killed 29 soldiers and five civilians along the Kurdish-Turkish border. President Obama has condemned the PKK's attacks, calling on the US and UN to support Turkey's assault, but PKK leader Duzdan Hammo insists reports of the attacks have been exaggerated and misconstrued.

UK-U.S. Extradition Review Deals Blow to Hacker

An extradition treaty with the United States is not biased against British criminal suspects, a judge-led review said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to campaigners fighting to stop a computer hacker being sent to stand trial in America.

UK-U.S. extradition review deals blow to hacker

An extradition treaty with the United States is not biased against British criminal suspects, a judge-led review said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to campaigners fighting to stop a computer hacker being sent to stand trial in America.

Iran Demands to See Bomb Plot Suspect

Iran demanded consular access Sunday to a man held in the United States over a suspected plot to kill the Saudi ambassador and vowed to respond robustly to any inappropriate measure by the West.

'Systematic Torture' Rampant in Afghanistan Jails: U.N.

The U.N. Mission in Afghanistan interviewed prisoners held by both the Afghan National Police and the National Directorate of Security, many of whom reported that they were tortured, beaten and subject to devices like electric shocks during interrogation sessions.

Obama Vows No Safe Haven for al Qaeda

President Barack Obama on Friday hailed the killing of American-born militant Anwar al-Awlaki as a tribute to years of counterterrorism cooperation with Yemen and proof that al Qaeda and its allies will find no safe haven anywhere in the world.

U.N. experts say Israel's blockade of Gaza illegal

Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip violates international law, a panel of human rights experts reporting to a U.N. body said on Tuesday, disputing a conclusion reached by a separate U.N. probe into Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship.

Cisco Suits on China Rights Abuses to Test Legal Reach

Two lawsuits by three Chinese dissidents and a human rights group accusing Cisco Systems Inc. of abetting imprisonment and torture could have far-reaching impact on how U.S. technology companies conduct business in authoritarian regimes.

Mitt Romney: 'Corporations Are People' - Is He Right? The Legal Background

Mitt Romney on Thursday defended his pledge to not raise taxes by telling an audience at an Iowa state fair that, "corporations are people, my friend." An ongoing legal debate asks what rights we should give to people who aren't human -- from corporations to fetuses to, perhaps someday soon, machines.

EU says Chad should have arrested Sudan's Bashir

The European Union expressed concern on Monday about a second visit to Chad by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, saying he should have been arrested there under an International Criminal Court warrant.

Dozens die, thousands flee Syrian tank assault in Hama

Syrian troops killed at least 45 civilians in a tank assault to occupy the center of the besieged city of Hama, an activist said on Thursday, in a sharp escalation of a campaign to crush an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

Dozens die, thousands flee Syrian tank assault in Hama

Syrian troops killed at least 45 civilians in a tank assault to occupy the center of the besieged city of Hama, an activist said on Thursday, in a sharp escalation of a campaign to crush an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

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