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UN summit ends with Swiss leader’s appeal to ‘spirit’ for action beyond rhetoric

World leaders wrapped up an annual rite of global diplomacy Wednesday, pledging to try to do more despite many of them feeling that they have less in their pockets to contribute. At the U.N. General Assembly’s annual high-level gathering, which lasted almost two weeks, presidents and ministers vowed to extract tens of billions more from their financially hard-hit nations to ...

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Blackwater to pay $42M, owner Prince moves to Abu Dhabi

The private security company Blackwater has reportedly agreed to pay $42 million in fines to the State Department to settle hundreds of violations of export control regulations. The New York Times reports the violations included illegal weapons exports to Afghanistan, making unauthorized proposals to train troops in south Sudan, and providing sniper training for Taiwanese police officers. Read and watch: ...

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Women’s Peace Conference Underway in Juba, Sudan

This week, 66 women from some of Sudan’s diverse and volatile regions are in Juba for a conference called “Pathways to Sustainable Peace in Sudan: Why We Can’t Wait!” Joining them are 10 Sudanese women now living in the United States and Canada who are members of a group called Sisterhood for Peace. via Women’s Peace Conference Underway in Juba, ...

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Hague court puts Sudan peace talks in jeopardy

An unprecedented genocide charge against the Sudanese president Omar al Bashir could jeopardise Darfur peace talks currently being held in Qatar, diplomatic sources warned yesterday. The International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague, announced on Monday that Mr al Bashir was to become the first sitting head of state to be charged with the most serious crime in international ...

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