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  • 1 July 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 01 Jul 2014
  • UN Reports on Child Rights Violations VOA 01 Jul 2014 -- A U.N. report released Tuesday documents cases of children recruited and used as soldiers by eight national armies and 51 armed groups in the past year.
  • Iraqi violence killed more than 2,400 people in June - UN UN News Centre 01 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's violent insurgency has claimed some 2,400 lives – more than half of them civilians – a "staggering number", declared the top United Nations envoy there, as he called on all Iraqi leaders to work together to foil attempts to rip apart the country's social fabric.
  • Pentagon: 'Presence' of ISIL Threatens Baghdad VOA 01 Jul 2014 -- Sunni militants bent on establishing an Islamic caliphate are putting pressure on Baghdad. It has nervous Iraqi officials looking for help anywhere they can find it, even if it means turning away from the United States.
  • Iraq army takes full control of key area near Baghdad Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- The Iraqi army, backed by thousands of tribal gunmen and volunteer forces, has retaken full control of a strategically important region from the Takfiri militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
  • Iraqi army steps up operations against ISIL terrorists Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's army soldiers backed by thousands of Sunni tribesmen and local volunteers continue with their offensive against the Takfiri terrorists in various parts of the militancy-riddled country.
  • New Iraq parliament adjourns without choosing speaker Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- The first session of Iraq's newly elected parliament has adjourned for a week without choosing a new speaker, officials say.
  • Iraq's New Parliament Ends First Session Early Amid Impasse RFE/RL 01 Jul 2014 -- The first session of Iraq's new parliament has ended in disarray without settling on a new speaker.
  • Self-Proclaimed 'Caliph' Orders All Muslims to Move to New Islamic State VOA 01 Jul 2014 -- The self-appointed leader of the newly proclaimed Islamic state in Iraq and Syria is demanding that all Muslims emigrate there and take up arms.
  • Putin Accuses Ukraine Leader of Shunning Road to Peace VOA 01 Jul 2014 -- Russia's president heaped criticism on Ukraine's leader for ending a cease-fire in the ongoing stand-off between Ukrainian forces and pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.
  • Ukraine Mounts New Attacks on Pro-Russian Rebels VOA 01 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist bases in eastern regions with air and artillery strikes on Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a cease-fire but go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of 'parasites.'
  • Moscow says Kiev should return to real ceasefire to save lives - Russian FM VoR 01 Jul 2014 -- The number of casualties grew after the announced truce in Ukraine and so a ceasefire should be resumed, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. 'Unfortunately, the number of casualties among civilians grew in the first hours after Kiev ended the ceasefire on June 30. We demand the Ukrainian authorities stop attacking peaceful cities and villages in the country and return to real, not a supposed, ceasefire in order to preserve lives,' the Russian Foreign Ministry declared.
  • Russia voices regret at Kiev's military operations Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed deep regret over Ukraine's decision to renew military operations against pro-Russians in the east of the country.
  • Ukraine renews attacks on pro-Russians Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian forces have renewed military operations against pro-Russians.
  • Russia demands probe into CW use by Ukraine in east Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- Russia has demanded an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons against pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine.
  • Events in Ukraine Provoked by West for Deterrence of Russia - Putin RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2014 -- The events in Ukraine provoked by the West are a concentrated political expression of deterrence toward Russia and an attempt to create a tense center on the Russian border, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
  • Kiev Must Opt for True Ceasefire – Moscow RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2014 -- Moscow is urging Kiev to refrain from attacking peaceful cities and villages and target a true ceasefire, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
  • Moscow Concerned by Kiev's Decision to Reject Four-Party Border Document RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2014 -- Moscow is concerned by Kiev's decision to reject a four-party declaration on the deployment of observers to the Russian-Ukrainian border, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
  • Kiev Renews Active Phase of Special Operation Against Independence Forces RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday renewed the active phase of special operations in the country's east and are firing on pro-independence forces, Ukrainian parliament Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said.
  • Armored Battle Reported Outside Ukraine's Donetsk RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2014 -- A tank battle is raging in the village of Karlivka near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, Donetsk portal reported Tuesday.
  • Crimea Takes in About 12, 000 Refugees From Ukraine RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2014 -- Around 12,000 refugees arrived in Crimea from the south-east of Ukraine, swept by clashes between the Ukrainian army and local independence supporters, Zhan Krasutsky, a coordinator of Crimea's unified center for refugees and humanitarian aid told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
  • North Korea Fires More Projectiles off East Coast VOA 01 Jul 2014 -- North Korea has fired two more short-range projectiles off its east coast, the third such test in less than a week.
  • South Korea rejects North's de-escalation offer Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- South Korea has rejected North Korea's recent offer to suspend the military hostilities between Pyongyang and Seoul.
  • UN relief officials issue urgent appeal as food shortages hit 800,000 refugees in Africa UN News Centre 01 Jul 2014 -- The heads of two United Nations humanitarian agencies today issued an urgent appeal as food shortages hit nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa, threatening to worsen already unacceptable levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anaemia, particularly in children.
  • At Least 15 Killed in Northeast Nigeria Blast VOA 01 Jul 2014 -- A massive car bomb explosion in northeastern Nigeria has killed at least 15 people, and witnesses say the death toll could go much higher. Also, troops announced the arrest of a businessman suspected of helping Islamist militants to carry out attacks including the kidnap of over 200 schoolgirls.
  • Patients Killed in Beds, Health Care Destroyed in South Sudan - MSF VOA 01 Jul 2014 --Scores of people have been killed in hospitals in South Sudan since the country plunged into conflict in December, and attacks on medical facilities have helped to crush the already fragile health care system, medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Tuesday.
  • MSF Reveals Details of Hospital Attacks in South Sudan VOA 01 Jul 2014 -- The international medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders says at least 58 people have been killed on hospital grounds in South Sudan since a conflict broke out late last year. The aid agency, better known by its French initials MSF, released a report Tuesday documenting repeated attacks on its facilities across the country.
  • UN urges 'maximum restraint' as tensions rise after missing Israeli teens found dead UN News Centre 01 Jul 2014 -- With tensions mounting in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip following yesterday's discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers missing since mid-June, the United Nations is today calling strongly on all Israelis and Palestinians to exercise maximum restraint and to prevent the situation from worsening further.
  • Russia appeals for restraint after tensions around Gaza VoR 01 Jul 2014 -- Following the escalation of the confrontation around Gaza Strip the Russian Foreign Ministry has urged the parties involved to exercise restraint and do whatever is necessary to normalize the situation, the ministry said in a commentary posted on its website on Tuesday, reports Interfax.
  • Israel strikes Gaza after teenagers found dead VoR 01 Jul 2014 -- Israeli naval boats struck alleged training facilities of Hamas militants in northern Gaza on Tuesday after three abducted teenagers were found dead. The attacks followed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's vow Monday that 'Hamas will pay' for the slayings in the West Bank. The bodies of Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frankel, 16, were found in a field north of the city of Hebron. The Islamist movement Hamas denied involvement and accused Israel of using the deaths as a pretext for a planned military escalation against Palestinians.
  • CAR Refugees Vulnerable to Gender Violence VOA 01 Jul 2014 -- The United Nations says gender-based violence against Central African Republic refugees in East Cameroon is very high and is calling on the government in Yaounde to do more to protect these vulnerable women.
  • UN chief condemns explosion in northern Mali that left one peacekeeper dead, 6 injured UN News Centre 01 Jul 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned an improvised explosive device explosion in northern Mali which killed a United Nations peacekeeper and injured six other 'blue helmets.'

News Reports

  • Putin says West using Ukraine to destabilize region Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of hatching a plot to destabilize the whole region through its intervention in Ukraine.
  • Putin Says West Is Using Ukraine Crisis To Destabilize Region RFE/RL 01 Jul 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of seeking to use the crisis in Ukraine to destabilize the whole region.
  • Putin Bashes Kiev's Groundless Demand for Lower Gas Price as 'Blackmail' RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2014 -- Kiev is blatantly blackmailing Moscow by demanding an unjustified contract price reduction for Russian gas, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
  • Russian Gas: How Much Is That? RFE/RL 01 Jul 2014 -- One price does not fit all for Russia's European gas consumers. A study of publicly available data shows that West European countries pay less to Gazprom, the Russian state-run gas giant, than do poorer Central and East European countries. .
  • Unipolar World Model Failed – Putin RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2014 -- The current global events clearly demonstrate that the unipolar model of the world has failed, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
  • Russia to Promote South Stream Project Despite Current Challenges – Putin RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2014 -- Russia will continue promoting the South Stream pipeline project regardless of the difficulties, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
  • Moscow to Continue Protecting Rights of Compatriots Abroad – Putin RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2014 -- Russia intends to continue to actively defend the rights of its compatriots abroad and will resort to all available means for the purpose, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
  • West should get rid of ambitions to build 'global barracks' dictating its rules - Putin VoR 01 Jul 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes the West will stop forcing its principles on other countries, making a 'world barracks' out of the international stage. 'I hope pragmatism will triumph after all. The West will rid itself of the ambitions and desire to put a 'world barracks' in place, to line all up by ranks and to force uniform rules of conduct and living on society,' Putin stated. 'I hope the West will build relations on the basis of equality and mutual respect, taking each others' interests into account,' the Russian president said to ambassadors and permanent envoys at a conference on Monday.
  • US Calls for Release of Detained Americans in North Korea VOA 01 Jul 2014 -- The United States has called for the release of three detained Americans after North Korea announced its intention to try two of them for committing "hostile acts" against it. The announcement comes as Washington indicates it plans to go ahead with joint military exercises with South Korea later this year, despite the North's call they be cancelled to improve inter-Korean relations.
  • Report: NSA authorized to spy on all nations Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- Newly leaked top-secret documents show the US National Security Agency has been authorized to spy on all but four countries worldwide.
  • NSA claims to narrow circle of world leaders to surveil VoR 01 Jul 2014 -- National Security Agency (NSA) ceased to monitor some of the world's leaders, after a former intelligence officer Edward Snowden uncovered US intelligence secrets. This was stated by the NSA Director Michael Rogers in an interview with journalists of the newspaper The New York Times.

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