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  • 27 June 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 27 Jun 2011
  • ICC issues arrest warrants for Libyan officials for alleged crimes against humanity UN News Centre 27 Jun 2011 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) today issued arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi, one of his sons and the country's intelligence chief for crimes against humanity allegedly committed since the pro-democracy movement began in February.
  • ICC Issues Arrest Warrant For Qaddafi On War Crimes Charges RFE/RL 27 Jun 2011 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) today issued an arrest warrant for embattled Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.
  • Eastern Libyans Welcome ICC Charges Against Gadhafi VOA 27 Jun 2011 -- Rebels in eastern Libya are welcoming the International Criminal Court's decision to issue an arrest warrant for leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son and his intelligence chief. Most people in the rebels' de facto capital were already convinced of his guilt.
  • ICC issues Gaddafi arrest warrant RIA Novosti 27 Jun 2011 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, accusing him of torturing and killing opponents of his regime.
  • ICC Issues Arrest Warrant for Gadhafi VOA 27 Jun 2011 -- Moammar Gadhafi is now an internationally wanted war crimes suspect. The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Gadhafi, his son, Seif al-Islam and the head of Libyan intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi. Judge Sanji Monageng said there are grounds to believe the three are responsible for a state policy to quell opposition by any means and then cover up their alleged crimes.
  • Mauritania, Mali Military Attack Al-Qaida Base in Sahel VOA 27 Jun 2011 -- Mauritania and Mali say they have destroyed an al-Qaida-affiliated base camp and are pursuing terrorists who fled along their common border. Security forces in Africa's Sahel region are on high alert following last month's killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
  • Long-Awaited UN Tribunal Opens in Cambodia VOA 27 Jun 2011 -- A United Nations-backed court in Cambodia has started a landmark trial of four senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge, the communist extremists whose bloody 1970s revolution killed nearly a quarter of the population.
  • ETHIOPIA-SUDAN: Over 4,000 Ethiopian troops for Abyei peace mission IRIN 27 Jun 2011 -- The 4,200-strong Ethiopian brigade due to be deployed on a proposed peace-keeping mission in Sudan's troubled Abyei region will focus on civilian protection, according to the Ethiopian government.
  • Security Council sets up UN security force for disputed Sudanese town of Abyei UN News Centre 27 Jun 2011 -- The Security Council today established, for an initial six months, a United Nations peacekeeping force for the area around the Sudanese town of Abyei, which is contested by both north and south and has been the scene of renewed fighting in recent weeks.
  • Returning Ivorians lack food, shelter and medical care, UN aid agencies say UN News Centre 27 Jun 2011 -- Many Ivorians returning to their home towns and villages in the wake of their country's post-electoral crisis are in dire need of food, shelter and medical assistance, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today.
  • Cambodia: UN-backed tribunal begins trial against four top Khmer Rouge figures UN News Centre 27 Jun 2011 -- The joint trial of the four most senior surviving leaders of the notorious Khmer Rouge regime got under way today in Cambodia at the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to deal with the worst offences committed under the group's reign.
  • Tension Builds as Israel Warns Planned Gaza Aid Flotilla VOA 27 Jun 2011 -- After a deadly confrontation a year ago, a new aid flotilla is planning a voyage to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, which is under Israeli economic blockade. The trip could come this week and tensions are building.
  • Darfur: UN-backed conference on water resource management opens UN News Centre 27 Jun 2011 -- A United Nations-sponsored conference on the management of water resources in Sudan's troubled and arid region of Darfur opened today with delegates expected to tackle the problem of water shortages in relation to conflicts exacerbated by competition over natural resources.
  • Russia's Medvedev 'Frustrated' With Karabakh Impasse RFE/RL 27 Jun 2011 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is frustrated with the failure of his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts to reach a framework agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh and could refrain from organizing more talks between them, one of his senior aides has reportedly said.
  • Philippines Local Disputes Complicate Peace Talks with Separatists VOA 27 Jun 2011 -- This week the Philippines government resumes peace talks with the country's main Islamic separatist group. Formal negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have been occurring since 1997, although they break down repeatedly without major breakthroughs. But government negotiators say they are hopeful that a new approach that addresses land disputes, voting districts and other local issues could help produce an agreement to end the separatist rebellion. The effort to mediate the long-running clan feuds is called 'rido'.

News Reports

  • Moscow military court sentences Russian mole to 25 years for treason RIA Novosti 27 Jun 2011 -- A Moscow military district court on Monday found former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Poteyev, who helped U.S. authorities disclose a Russian spy ring last summer, guilty of high treason and sentenced in absentia to 25 years in prison.
  • Syrian Activists Meet in Damascus, Seek to End Violence VOA 27 Jun 2011 -- More than 150 Syrian intellectuals and activists, including some of the country's most prominent opposition figures, are meeting to discuss how to end months of violent upheaval and initiate a peaceful transition to democratic rule.
  • Iran parliament plans to question Ahmadinejad over irregularities RIA Novosti 27 Jun 2011 -- One hundred members of Iran's 290-seat parliament have signed a motion to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about a number of issues, Iran's Mehr news agency said on Monday.
  • Iraq's Oil Industry To Be Monitored By Transparency Group RFE/RL 27 Jun 2011 -- Iraq has committed to providing accurate figures about its oil revenues by agreeing to verify details of its oil industry with an international transparency organization, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
  • Afghanistan's Ex-Central Bank Chief: 'My Life Became Completely In Danger' RFE/RL 27 Jun 2011 -- In a stunning development that is bound to shake both the government in Kabul and the international community's efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, the head of Afghanistan's central bank revealed Monday that he has fled the country, citing 'credible information' about a threat to his life.



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