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  • 17 August 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 17 Aug 2012
  • UN, Arab League appoint veteran diplomat to take over Annan's role on Syrian crisis UN News Centre 17 Aug 2012 -- Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi will be the new Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and League of Arab States for the crisis in Syria, taking over the peace-facilitation role played over the past several months by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a spokesperson for the world organization said today.
  • Algerian Diplomat To Replace Annan As New UN Syria Envoy RFE/RL 17 Aug 2012 -- The United Nations says that Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi will take over from Kofi Annan as joint UN-Arab League envoy to Syria.
  • UN Appoints New Syria Envoy RIA Novosti 17 Aug 2012 -- Algeria's former foreign minister Lakhdar Brahimi has replaced Kofi Annan as peace envoy to Syria, the United Nations said on Friday.
  • Number of displaced people grows as Syria violence continues, says UN agency UN News Centre 17 Aug 2012 -- The humanitarian crisis generated by the ongoing Syrian conflict is rapidly growing as refugees from the Middle Eastern country continue to flee the ongoing violence and spill over into neighbouring areas, the United Nations refugee agency said today.
  • Clashes, Demonstrations Continue Throughout Syria VOA 17 Aug 2012 -- VOA's Scott Bobb reports from the northern Syrian town of Marea that a demonstration after Friday prayers was held in sympathy for the dozens of people killed or wounded this week when a Syrian fighter jet bombed nearby Azaz.
  • Syrian Refugee Exodus Escalates VOA 17 Aug 2012 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency says that the Syrian refugee exodus continues to escalate. It says the exodus is particularly significant from Syria's most populous city of Aleppo where fighting continues between government and opposition forces.
  • Taiwan makes clear stance on Tiaoyutais CNA 17 Aug 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has made it clear to Japan that Taiwan holds sovereignty over the Tiaoyutai Islands, Deputy Foreign Minister Tung Kuoyu said Friday, amid efforts by Japan to reinforce its claim to the island chain in the resource-rich East China Sea.
  • Japan deports Hong Kong activists in Tiaoyutai row CNA 17 Aug 2012 -- Seven of the 14 activists from Hong Kong who allegedly violated Japan's immigration law by landing on the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea earlier this week were deported by air Friday, according to a Japanese TV report.
  • Japan 'furtively occupying' Tiaoyutais: MOFA CNA 17 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) described the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands Friday as being 'furtively occupied' by Japan, the first time it has used such a critical phrase in the territorial row.
  • Somalia May Miss Key Political Benchmarks VOA 17 Aug 2012 -- Observers of Somalia's political transition process say the final political benchmarks to end the transition, including the election of a new president, will not be met by the August 20 deadline. An arbitration committee working to solve clan disputes on how to share parliamentary seats is yet to reach agreement. Some reports also say the technical selection committee working to screen and approve members of the next parliament objects to some of the candidates put forward.
  • UN war crimes tribunal transfers Serb official to Portugal to serve 20-year sentence UN News Centre 17 Aug 2012 -- A former Serb military official was transferred to Portugal to serve a 20-year sentence for crimes committed against non-Serb prisoners of war, the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s announced today.
  • Northern Mali Militants Recruiting Children VOA 17 Aug 2012 -- A recent investigation by the Malian Coalition for Rights of the Child found that militant groups in control of northern Mali are using hundreds of children, aged 9 to 17, not just as combatants but also as scouts, couriers, minesweepers, cooks and servants.

News Reports

  • Assange Granted Asylum for Fear of U.S. - Ecuador Envoy RIA Novosti 17 Aug 2012 -- Ecuador has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange out of concern that after his extradition to Sweden Assange could be transferred to the United States where he might face the death penalty, the Ecuadorian ambassador to Russia said on Friday.
  • Pussy Riot Members Found Guilty, Jailed For Two Years RFE/RL 17 Aug 2012 -- A court in Moscow has found the three members of the punk feminist performance-art group Pussy Riot guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after performing what they called a "punk prayer" at a landmark Moscow church in February and sentenced them to two years in prison.
  • Ukraine's Jailed Former Interior Minister Sentenced In Second Case RFE/RL 17 Aug 2012 -- A Kyiv court has sentenced Ukraine's former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko to two years in prison in a second case against him.
  • Russian Mars Water Sniffer Goes Online RIA Novosti 17 Aug 2012 -- A Russian neutron detector on board NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, designed to search for any water that might be bound into shallow underground minerals along the rover's path, was activated on Friday, the manufacturer said.



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