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U.N. falling short on Yemen, HRW says

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 3 (UPI) — Human Rights Watch condemned what it viewed as an apathetic response by the U.N. Human Rights Council to ongoing violence in Yemen.

A resolution passed recently by the Human Rights Council “takes note” of the call…

Minsk pardons ex-presidential candidate

MINSK, Belarus, Oct. 3 (UPI) — The government in Belarus was “guided by the principles of humanity” when it decided to pardon a candidate arrested after last year’s post-election protests.

Last month, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko declar…

Afghanistan troubles ICRC

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 3 (UPI) — The International Red Cross said people in rural parts of Afghanistan are paying the price for the conflict that has afflicted the country for the last decade.

Last month, Afghanistan became the 62nd nation to back…

Ban Ki-moon hails power of non-violent protest

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 3 (UPI) — Non-violent protesters face a risk but inevitably expose unsavory regimes for their “moral bankruptcy,” the U.N. secretary-general said.

A protest suicide sparked the Jasmine Revolution in December that ended Tunisian …

Indonesian police hold church bomb suspect

JAKARTA, Oct. 3 (UPI) — Indonesian police are questioning terror suspect Beni Asri after arresting him on suspicion of planning a church suicide bombing in Solo that killed two people.

“The suspect is identified as Beni and he was arrested in Solo, …

List of Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine winners

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 3 (UPI) — List of Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine winners:

2011 — Bruce A. Beutler, United States; Jules A. Hoffman, Luxembourg; Ralph M. Steinman, Canada

2010 — Robert Edwards, Great Britain

2009 — Elizabeth H. Bl…

Turkey builds Mideast profile on ruins of suspended ties with Israel

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 30 (UPI) — Turkey is building its political and military profile as a regional power while contributing to EU moves to promote mediation for peace and humanitarian assistance in the region’s multiple crises, from Libya, Syria to…

Bahrain condemned for harsh sentences

LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) — Jail sentences given to healthcare workers in Bahrain appear to be disproportionate to the charges brought against them, London said.

A group of Bahraini doctors and nurses were given prison sentences ranging from 5-15 years…

Both Sudans should work on human rights

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 30 (UPI) — The U.N. Human Rights Council called on both Sudanese governments to work on human rights issues, while paying special attention to border clashes.

The council, during meetings in Geneva, addressed a series of r…

Tymoshenko may face fines, not jail

KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 30 (UPI) — Kiev may consider scrapping criminal punishment for opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko in favor of a payment of damages, a lawmaker said.

Tymoshenko, a former prime minister is on trial on charges that she abused her …

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