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  • 26 April 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 26 Apr 2012
  • Charles Taylor Convicted on all 11 Counts; Sentencing Scheduled for 30 May Special Court for Sierra Leone 26 Apr 2012 -- Charles Ghankay Taylor, the former President of Liberia, was convicted today on all counts of an 11-count indictment which alleged that he was responsible for crimes committed by rebel forces during Sierra Leones decade-long civil war. The Special Courts Trial Chamber II found unanimously that Mr. Taylor aided and abetted RUF and AFRC rebels in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone.
  • Liberia Reacts to Taylor Conviction With Mixed Emotions VOA 26 Apr 2012 -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was found guilty Thursday of aiding and abetting grave human rights abuses and war crimes in a historic verdict by the Special Court for Sierra Leone. While Taylor was not found guilty of masterminding the atrocities, he became the first former African head of state to be convicted in an international court. In Taylor's native Liberia and in Sierra Leone, where the crimes were committed, interest in the verdict was very high.
  • Liberian Ex-ruler Found Guilty of War Crimes RIA Novosti 26 Apr 2012 -- The Special Court for Sierra Leone found former Liberian President Charles Taylor guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 1991-2002 military conflict in the region, BBC reported on Thursday.
  • UN human rights chief welcomes court's guilty verdict in Charles Taylor trial UN News Centre 26 Apr 2012 -- The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the guilty verdict handed down against former Liberian President Charles Taylor as a 'major milestone in' the development of international justice.
  • Former Liberian Leader Convicted of War Crimes VOA 26 Apr 2012 -- An international court in the Hague has convicted former warlord and Liberian president Charles Taylor of aiding and abetting horrific war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during Sierra Leone's civil war. Taylor had pleaded not guilty to the charges and has the right to appeal.
  • Ongoing violence and killing in Syria 'unacceptable,' says Ban UN News Centre 26 Apr 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is gravely alarmed by reports of continued violence and killing in Syria, including shelling and explosions in various residential areas as well as armed clashes, and called the situation 'unacceptable.'
  • UN's Ban: Syria Violating Pledge to Pull Weapons From Civilian Areas VOA 26 Apr 2012 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accused Syria of violating a pledge to withdraw heavy weapons from population centers and demanded that the government comply with that commitment 'without delay.'
  • PACE Calls for Security Council Arms Embargo on Syria RIA Novosti 26 Apr 2012 -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) called on the UN Security Council on Thursday to impose an arms embargo on Syria.
  • Syria Blast 'Kills 69' RIA Novosti 26 Apr 2012 -- At least 69 people were killed in an explosion in Syria's central city of Hama on Thursday, al Jazeera television reported, citing activists.
  • Syria Government, Opponents Trade Blame Over Massive Blast VOA 26 Apr 2012 -- The Syrian government blamed 'terrorists' Thursday for a massive explosion in the central city of Hama that killed at least 16 people as the tenuous cease-fire continues to unravel amid more violence and a rising death toll.
  • Former Libyan Rebel Sues Britain Over Torture Claim VOA 26 Apr 2012 -- A commander of the Libyan rebel forces that helped to oust Moammar Gadhafi last year claims British intelligence services played a key role in his capture and alleged CIA rendition back to Libya in 2004, where he says he was tortured. His lawyers say the case reveals the murky links between Western governments and Gadhafi before the 2011 uprising.
  • UN reparations panel pays out over $1 billion for Iraq's invasion of Kuwait UN News Centre 26 Apr 2012 -- The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, today made a total of $1.02 billion available to six successful claimants.
  • Security Council extends sanctions on Côte d'Ivoire for another year UN News Centre 26 Apr 2012 -- The Security Council today renewed for another year the set of sanctions imposed on Côte d'Ivoire, while adjusting the arms embargo in light of the need for weapons and ammunition to train and equip the country's security forces.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Displaced in west feel 'forgotten' IRIN 26 Apr 2012 -- President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d'Ivoire promised paved roads, an end to power cuts and water shortages, better mobile phone coverage, and a new university in the country's west as part of an 'emergency plan' to develop a region that has been steeped in violence and insecurity for a decade. But for some displaced Ivoirians still unable to return to their homes, the promises ring hollow.
  • UN Recommends Reducing Darfur Force VOA 26 Apr 2012 -- U.N. Peacekeeping Chief Hervé Ladsous is recommending that the organization drawdown its U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in the Darfur region of Sudan by more than 4,000 troops and police in the coming months. Ladsous said Thursday that improvements on the ground justify the move.

News Reports

  • Bin Laden Worried About Arab Spring, Says US Intelligence Chief VOA 26 Apr 2012 -- It was nearly one year ago - May 2, 2011 - that U.S. commandos killed the world's most wanted terrorist. After a decade of false leads and dead ends, Osama bin Laden was cornered in a walled compound in the city of Abbottabad, Pakistan, not far from that country's elite military academy, and shot dead. His body was buried at sea.
  • YEMEN: Timeline of key events under new president IRIN 26 Apr 2012 -- Two months after Yemen's new government was sworn in, violence in the south appears to be increasing with attacks and kidnappings blamed on militants, while more than 10 million people are food insecure and almost half a million internally displaced. The UN says at least 800,000 children are acutely malnourished.
  • One Man Rule Bad for Russia – Medvedev (Wrap) RIA Novosti 26 Apr 2012 -- Political power in Russia should not lie in the hands of one man alone, outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday during a televised interview in which he hailed his four-year-long ruling tandem with his powerful mentor, Vladimir Putin.
  • Pakistan Supreme Court found PM guilty of contempt of court IRNA 26 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday found Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt of court for failing to act on its directives to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
  • Pakistan PM summons cabinet after court found him guilty of contempt IRNA 26 Apr 2012 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who was found guilty in a contempt of court case on Thursday, summoned an emergency meeting of the federal cabinet to review implications of the court's verdict, a cabinet minister said.
  • Conviction Heaps Pressure On Gilani To Exit PM's Post RFE/RL 26 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has found Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt but did not order him to serve time in jail.
  • Pakistan's Supreme Court Convicts Prime Minister of Contempt VOA 26 Apr 2012 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday found Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt for not obeying an order to reopen a corruption case against the President Asif Ali Zardari, but the justices spared Gilani any prison time.
  • Newspaper Office Bombings Kill 7 in Nigeria VOA 26 Apr 2012 -- Bomb attacks targeted the Abuja and Kaduna offices of one of Nigeria's most prominent newspapers Thursday, killing seven people and injuring many others. Another bombing late Thursday in Kaduna hit a residential neighborhood, injuring several people and damaging houses.
  • On Chernobyl anniversary, Ban urges support for affected communities UN News Centre 26 Apr 2012 -- Marking the 26th anniversary of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to generously support Chernobyl-affected regions as they continue their efforts towards recovery and normalcy.
  • Work Begins On New Chornobyl Protective Shell RFE/RL 26 Apr 2012 -- Ukraine has begun construction of a new protection shell over the damaged reactor at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant.
  • Council of Europe Requests Access to Tymoshenko RIA Novosti 26 Apr 2012 -- The Council of Europe's secretary general, Thorbjorn Jagland, has asked the Ukrainian authorities to allow European diplomats to visit former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko and expressed concerns over reports that prison staff had beaten her up.
  • Libya: UN mission welcomes start date for registration of voters, candidates UN News Centre 26 Apr 2012 -- The United Nations mission in Libya today welcomed the announcement by the country's electoral authorities of the start date for the registration of voters and candidates for the upcoming polls to choose members of the National Congress.
  • Elections in Timor-Leste a milestone for peace consolidation, says Security Council UN News Centre 26 Apr 2012 -- The Security Council has welcomed the second round of presidential elections in Timor-Leste calling it 'an important milestone for the consolidation of peace and stability' in the country, as well as a reflection of the commitment of its people to democracy and the rule of law.
  • India Successfully Launches 'All-Weather' Surveillance Satellite VOA 26 Apr 2012 -- India has successfully launched a satellite that experts say will dramatically boost the country's ability to view detailed images of the earth.



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