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  • 23 December 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 23 Dec 2011
  • 23 December 2011 - Press Conference on Russian Presidency of Security Council United Nations 23 Dec 2011
  • Syria: Ban reiterates concern over worsening bloodshed as blasts claim more lives UN News Centre 23 Dec 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced grave concern over the escalating violence in Syria, including today’s explosions in the capital, Damascus, which resulted in more deaths and injuries, and reiterated his call for an immediate end to the bloodshed.
  • US Condemns Syria Terror Bombings VOA 23 Dec 2011 -- The United States is condemning Friday’s car bombings in Damascus and says it is crucial that the terror attacks not hinder the Arab League mission now arriving in Syria to monitor human rights abuses. Analysts say the monitoring force is too small given the widespread anti-government unrest in Syria.
  • Suicide bombers kill dozens soldiers, civilians in Damascus attacks IRNA 23 Dec 2011 -- Two suicide bombers drove explosive-laden vehicles into Syrian security targets including the military court in Damascus on Friday. Damascus TV said 30 soldiers and civilians are killed and 55 wounded.
  • Suicide Bombings Target Security Sites in Damascus, Dozens Dead RFE/RL 23 Dec 2011 -- Syria's government says two suicide attacks on security sites in the capital, Damascus, have killed and injured scores of civilians and soldiers.
  • Syria Says 40 Killed in Twin Bombings VOA 23 Dec 2011 -- Syrian officials say twin suicide bombings in Damascus have killed at least 40 people and left 150 others injured.
  • Syria Blames al-Qaida for Double Car Bombings in Damascus VOA 23 Dec 2011 -- Syrian government TV showed graphic images of burnt bodies and body parts from what it claims were two al-Qaida car bombs in front of the intelligence headquarters in the Damascus suburb of Kfar Sousa. Opposition figures, however, are claiming that the government perpetrated the bombings.
  • MYANMAR: Displaced Kachin face grim Christmas IRIN 23 Dec 2011 -- As the winter winds sweep across Myanmar's northern Kachin State, there is little to celebrate this Christmas for the estimated 45,000 civilians in some 30 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) along the Burmese-Chinese border.
  • KENYA: Several thousand displaced as communities clash in north IRIN 23 Dec 2011 -- Several weeks of fighting between two rival communities in Moyale, near the Ethiopia-Kenya border, has displaced hundreds of families and disrupted transport services. The displaced have had no assistance, local sources and activists told IRIN.
  • KENYA: Journey to the ICC IRIN 23 Dec 2011 -- This holiday season Kenyans will be watching the International Criminal Court (ICC), awaiting a decision - expected between 23 December and January 2012 - on confirmation-of-charges hearings against the first three of six high-level suspects who allegedly bear the greatest responsibility for violence that erupted after the disputed 2007 presidential poll, leading to the deaths of at least 1,200 people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands.
  • Azerbaijan Criticizes French Parliament's 'Armenian Genocide' Bill RFE/RL 23 Dec 2011 -- Azerbaijani officials have expressed their disapproval of French legislation that makes it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey nearly a century ago was genocide, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.
  • Nicaragua files suit against Costa Rica at UN World Court over border violations UN News Centre 23 Dec 2011 -- Nicaragua has filed suit against Costa Rica at the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ), citing violations to national sovereignty and major environmental damages to its territory due to the construction of a new road along the banks of the San Juan River.
  • UN deplores murder of three aid workers in Somalia UN News Centre 23 Dec 2011 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned the killing today of two staff members and a colleague with a partner organization in Somalia, an act of violence the agency says illustrates the risks that relief workers face in one of the world's most dangerous places.
  • Rwanda Criminal Tribunal Pleased With Progress VOA 23 Dec 2011 -- With the sentencing this week of two former Rwandan politicians for their role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal continues its work of trying the masterminds of the violence. In its 17-year history, the tribunal has achieved a number of firsts.

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