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What French have been doing against Islamic State in Syria

NEW YORK — The Islamic State group on Saturday expressed fury at France’s recently launched airstrikes against it in Syria as it claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks in Paris. The airstrikes have hit training camps and reflect France’s fears that hundreds of French fighters in Syria and Iraq could return home and, as President Francois …

China vows billions of development dollars, debt forgiveness

View image | gettyimages.com UNITED NATIONS — China’s president on Saturday pledged billions in aid and said Beijing will forgive debts due this year in an effort to help the world’s poorest nations, as world leaders begin to seek the trillions of dollars needed to help achieve sweeping new development goals. President Xi Jinping spoke …

UN officials didn’t follow up on sex abuse claims for months

UNITED NATIONS — For months, the U.N.’s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn’t follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked “strictly confidential” show, even as France pressed the U.N. for …

More journalism organizations endorse global protections for freelancers, local correspondents

NEW YORK — More global journalism organizations signed on Friday to protections for freelance and local correspondents who face increasingly deadly dangers in the field. The Guardian News and Media group, Newsweek and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines are the latest to agree to a set of “principles and practices” that launched …

UN rights committee urges Myanmar to allow full citizenship for persecuted Rohingya minority

The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee on Friday approved a resolution urging Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority “access to full citizenship on an equal basis.” The committee adopted the resolution by consensus, though Myanmar’s ambassador objected to the U.N.’s use of the term “Rohingya,” saying it “will only pose a barrier …

UN resolution urges Myanmar to change campaign that would erase Muslim group’s identity

A new U.N. draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar’s aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging “access to full citizenship on an equal basis.” The European Union-drafted resolution, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, is one piece of international pressure on the Southeast Asian country to change its campaign, preferably …

Russia, China veto UN move to refer Syria to ICC

UNITED NATIONS — Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution referring the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible war crimes, prompting angry responses from the proposal’s supporters who said the two countries are blocking justice and should be ashamed. This is the fourth time the two …

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