Vatican calls for Muslim leaders to denounce IS

The Vatican called for Muslim leaders to denounce the brutality of Islamic State (IS) radicals who have swept across Iraq, saying there was no possible justification for their “unspeakable crimes”. “The terrible position of Christians, Yezidis and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq demands a clear and courageous stance[…]

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Flotilla set to break Gaza blockade

A group of human rights organizations said Tuesday they are organizing a flotilla of vessels that will attempt to breach Israel’s blockade of Gaza later this year. The Freedom Flotilla Coalition said it plans to sail to Gaza “during 2014.” It did not specify how many vessels would participate, but[…]

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WHO approves experimental treatment for Ebola

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved the use of untested Ebola drugs to treat the current outbreak in West Africa. The WHO said at a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday that the use of untested drugs was ethical, provided certain conditions were met. The statement comes following a[…]

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Ukraine threatens to deny Russia aid access

A convoy of 280 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid headed for eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, but Ukraine said it would not let the mission in because it is not being coordinated by the international Red Cross and could be a covert military operation. The neutral agency said it had[…]

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UN names Gaza war crimes probe panel

The United Nations has named experts to an international commission of inquiry into possible human rights violations and war crimes committed by both sides during Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip. Israel responded to Monday’s announcement, dismissing the inquiry as a UN Human Rights Council “kangaroo court”. Sami Abu[…]

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US ‘to send’ untested Ebola drug to Liberia

Liberia has said it will receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug to treat infected doctors in the West African country. A statement, published on the Liberian presidency’s website on Monday, said the United States had approved a request from Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to ship the medicine, ZMapp,[…]

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Gazans faces Sisyphean task of reconstruction

With thousands of homes reduced to rubble and its infrastructure in ruins, Gaza’s reconstruction will cost billions and require at least an easing of Israel’s blockade to allow in building materials. Cement will be key among these materials, but its import will be controversial since it has been at the[…]

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Liberia puts third province under quarantined

The Liberian army has put a third province under quarantine to check the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced Monday. “Lofa county in the north has been quarantined by the army,” Sirleaf said after similar measures were taken in the provinces of Boma and Grand[…]

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HRW chief denied entry to Egypt

The executive director of Human Rights Watch and another senior staff member have been denied entry to Egypt after being held at Cairo’s international airport for 12 hours. Kenneth Roth, executive director of the New York-based rights group, and HRW Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson were held overnight before[…]

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