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North Korea set to face UN censure over human rights UNITED NATIONS: North Korea could face its strongest condemnation to date of its human rights record when the United Nations votes Thursday on a draft resolution deploring widespread abuses in the deeply reclusive country.European and Japanese diplomats who drafted the measure say they are hoping to garner more votes than last year in the General Assembly, which has condemned Pyongyang's rights record every year since 2005 -- but to little avail.This year's measure, co-sponsored by more than 50 countries, condemns "long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights" in North Korea.For the second consecutive year, it encourages the Security Council to consider referring Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.Such a move however would likely be blocked by Pyongyang's sole major ally China, which has veto power in the council.The draft resolution demands that a vast network of prison camps in North Korea thought ...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi says China ties deserve close attention NAYPYITAW: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to pay "special attention" to ties with China when her party takes office after its election triumph, and said foreign investments would need public support to help improve relations.In an interview with China's state-run Xinhua news agency, the National League for Democracy (NLD) leader said Myanmar had no enemies, but relations with neighbours were more sensitive than others and needed to be carefully handled.China was Myanmar's lifeline for ...
Ban Ki-moon not visiting North Korea: UN UNITED NATIONS: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has no plans to visit North Korea in the coming days, the United Nations said Tuesday, dispelling reports that he would meet with the nation's diplomatically reclusive leader Kim Jong-Un.Ban "will be in New York most of next week and then travel to Malta," the UN said in a statement. "The Secretary-General will not be traveling to the DPRK next week," the United Nations said, using another name for ...
Japan gov't takes Okinawa to court over US base relocation TOKYO: Japan on Tuesday sued its southern region of Okinawa over local resistance to a new US military base, the latest chapter in deepening mistrust between central authorities and the government of the strategic island.The lawsuit comes amid a long-running drama between Tokyo, keen to satisfy security ally the United States, and Okinawa, where frustration over a seven-decade American military presence is rife.Pacifist sentiments run high on the island that accounts for less than one ...
Rouhani brands Paris attacks 'crimes against humanity' TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani strongly condemned on Friday's deadly attacks in Paris, branding them "crimes against humanity" in a message to his French counterpart Francois Hollande, official news agency Irna said."In the name of the Iranian people, who have themselves been victims of terrorism, I strongly condemn these crimes against humanity and offer my condolences to the grieving French people and government," Rouhani wrote.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Muslim Australian donating $1 for every hate-filled Tweet SYDNEY: An Australian Muslim woman has donated close to Aus$1,000 (US$700) to charity after pledging to give one dollar every time she receives a hate-filled Tweet.Susan Carland, who teaches at Monash University in Melbourne, tweeted on October 22 that she was donating to UNICEF for every nasty comment from trolls. "Nearly at $1,000 in donations. The needy children thank you, haters!," she said at the time.Carland said she had previously been blocking, muting, ignoring or ...
Rouhani postpones Europe trip after Paris attacks TEHRAN: Hassan Rouhani on Saturday postponed what would have been the first visit to Europe by an Iranian president in 10 years after attacks in Paris that he described as "crimes against humanity."Rouhani had been due to hold talks in Rome on Saturday with Pope Francis as well as Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi before travelling on to the French capital.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who had been due to travel ...

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