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Expressing horror at news reports and videos showing African migrants in Libya allegedly being sold as slaves, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on the authorities to urgently investigate the situation and bring the perpetrators to justice. "Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among the most egregious abuses of human rights and may amount to crimes against humanity," Mr. Guterres told reporters at a press stakeout at the UN Headquarters, in New York, Monday. He added that he has asked the relevant UN actors to actively pursue the matter. Mr. Guterres also called on all countries... [Read More]
US authorities arrested two officials representing a Chinese energy company in a multi-year, multimillion dollar bribery scheme in Africa, with some deals arranged in the halls of the United Nations, officials announced Monday.Former Senegalese foreign minister Cheikh Gadio and Hong Kong's former home affairs secretary Chi Ping Patrick Ho sent huge bribes to high-level officials in Chad and Uganda to secure favorable oil business for a Chinese state energy company, according to a statement.The pair allegedly offered a $2 million bribe to the President of Chad "to obtain valuable oil rights," and a $500,000 bribe to an account designated... [Read More]
Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host discussions with foreign ministers or their representatives from the African continent, including the African Union Commission Chairman, in Washington, D.C. on November 17, 2017. The discussions will be based on three themes: trade and investment, security, and good governance. This meeting will advance the U.S. agenda, working with African partners, to promote a shared commitment to open markets;... [Read More]
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UN member-states on Tuesday condemned North Korea for gross human rights violations and for conducting missile and nuclear tests while its people suffer from severe hunger. The UN General Assembly's human rights committee adopted by consensus a resolution drafted by the European Union and Japan that expressed international concern over Pyongyang's rights record. The measure will now go to the General Assembly for debate next month. North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test this year and test-fired a series of advanced missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, even as 18 million North Koreans, or 70 percent of the population, are... [Read More]
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The support of EU countries for the UN General Assembly resolution condemning the US embargo against Cuba, as well as the EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, are signs that the EU and Cuba are fostering a closer relationship in spite of the US, political editor of the Prensa Latina news agency Nestor Marin told Sputnik. [Read More]
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A Russian delegate to the UN General Assembly says Pyongyang wanted everyone to think that they have a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the US mainland "because they don't want to be attacked". [Read More]
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