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  • 7 August 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 07 Aug 2014
  • Israel Says Gaza Militants Broke Cease-fire VOA 07 Aug 2014 -- The Israeli military has accused militants in the Gaza Strip of violating a cease-fire, just hours before it was scheduled to expire on Friday morning.
  • Cease-fire Deadline Looms Over Israel, Hamas VOA 07 Aug 2014 -- Egyptian officials are working to mediate a deal between Israel and Hamas in Cairo, with less than a day remaining before the end of a fragile three day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.
  • 2 Elderly Khmer Rouge Leaders Get Life Sentences VOA 07 Aug 2014 -- A United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia convicted two former Khmer Rouge leaders of committing crimes against humanity, in a long-awaited verdict for the Southeast Asian country.
  • UN-backed tribunal sentences Khmer Rouge leaders to life in prison UN News Centre 07 Aug 2014 -- A United Nations-backed court has found the two most senior surviving leaders of Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced them to life in prison.
  • Cambodia court gives former Khmer Rouge leaders life in prison Iran Press TV 07 Aug 2014 -- A UN-backed war crimes court in Cambodia has sentenced the last two remaining top leaders of the former Khmer Rouge regime to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity.
  • UN calls for urgent response to help thousands in northern Iraq displaced by militants' advance UN News Centre 07 Aug 2014 -- As Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists continue to overrun areas of northern Iraq, the United Nations has begun coordinating humanitarian assistance for displaced vulnerable ethnic and religious minorities, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the international community to support Iraq and help the Government alleviate the suffering of all those impacted by the spiralling violence.
  • 40,000 Iraqi Yazidis stranded over ISIL threats: UNICEF Iran Press TV 07 Aug 2014 -- The United Nations (UN) says that some 40,000 Iraqis from the minority Yazidi population have become stranded on a mountain in the country's northwest amid violence by ISIL Takfiri militants.
  • Islamic Militants Seize Christian Towns In Northern Iraq RFE/RL 07 Aug 2014 -- Militants from the Islamic State have seized Iraq's largest Christian town and surrounding areas in northern Iraq, prompting the exodus of tens of thousands of people.
  • Iraqi Militants Take Over Christian Town VOA 07 Aug 2014 -- Islamist extremists seized more territory in northern Iraq Thursday, capturing the country's largest dam and taking over several predominantly Christian towns. Thousands of residents were forced to flee.
  • No American Military Solutions in Iraq, White House Says VOA 07 Aug 2014 -- White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to confirm a report published by The New York Times Thursday, that said U.S. President Barack Obama is considering airstrikes and emergency relief airdrops to help 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who are trapped on a mountaintop after threats by Islamic militants.
  • US Against Russian Peacekeepers in Ukraine - White House RIA Novosti 07 Aug 2014 -- The United States is against Russia sending its peacekeepers to Ukraine to secure the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash site, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday at a press briefing.
  • NATO stands by Ukraine, Secretary General says in Kiev NATO 07 Aug 2014 -- NATO stands by Ukraine and is looking to strengthen its partnership with the country at the Alliance's summit in Wales next month, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said during a visit to Kiev on Thursday (7 August 2014).
  • NATO Chief Vows Support For Ukraine, Urges Russia Pullback RFE/RL 07 Aug 2014 -- NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has vowed support for Ukraine in the face of Russian 'aggression' and called on Moscow to pull back its troops from the border.
  • Ukrainian Soldiers In Russia On Hunger Strike RFE/RL 07 Aug 2014 -- The commander of the Ukrainian troops who crossed into Russia says several of them have gone on a hunger strike to protest their situation.
  • NATO Chief to Russia: 'Step Back from the Brink' VOA 07 Aug 2014 -- NATO Secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has cautioned Russia against an invasion of Ukraine and called an immediate withdrawal of troops it amassed at the country's frontier.
  • DR Congo: despite improved security, situation remains 'fragile,' UN envoys warn UN News Centre 07 Aug 2014 -- Two senior UN officials warned today that although the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has vastly improved since this time last year, it remains fragile and the gains are "not irreversible."
  • UN to Congolese Rebels: Disarm or Face Force VOA 07 Aug 2014 -- The U.N.'s top envoy in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Thursday that if armed groups in the country's east do not voluntarily disarm, they will face military pressure to do so.
  • Libya insecurity forces aid workers to leave IRIN 07 Aug 2014 -- Libya's deteriorating security situation has led to an exodus of aid workers and suspension of development programmes, leaving tens of thousands of displaced and vulnerable people relying on skeleton networks manned in part by volunteers.
  • Conditions for asylum seekers worsen in Libya IRIN 07 Aug 2014 -- As violence in Libya continues to escalate, most diplomats and foreign workers have by now received assistance from their governments and employers to evacuate the country. But for the tens of thousands of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers in Libya, the only possibility for escape lies in the hands of smugglers.
  • Darfur: African Union-UN envoy urges Security Council to support Sudanese dialogue UN News Centre 07 Aug 2014 -- The challenge for the international community remains how best to impress upon all the parties involved in the Darfur conflict that a military solution and the status quo are untenable, the African Union-United Nations envoy on the region said today, urging the Security Council to play a more proactive role in supporting the holding of a successful national dialogue in Sudan.
  • S. Sudan Talks Falter as Conflict Threatens to Spread VOA 07 Aug 2014 -- The latest round of peace talks between South Sudan's warring factions has come to a standstill, dimming hopes that a comprehensive deal could be reached this week.
  • War and peace in northern Mali IRIN 07 Aug 2014 -- Continued violence in northern Mali which saw three separatist rebel groups retake control of much of the north, has put peace talks set for August, and the July roadmap to peace signed by rebel groups and the Malian government, on shaky ground.
  • Briefing: Somaliland, oil and security IRIN 07 Aug 2014 -- The proposed deployment of armed contingents to protect oil installations in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland risks further destabilizing a region rife with disputes over sovereignty, boundaries and oil concessions.
  • Karabakh Fighting Frays Nerves On Both Sides RFE/RL 07 Aug 2014 -- The crack of automatic-weapons fire echoes off the sun-burnt hills over the Armenian town of Berkaber. The normally sleepy, impoverished town nestles against the heavily armed border with neighboring Azerbaijan and was one of many places in the region where sporadic exchanges of fire left at least 15 dead over the weekend of August 1-3.

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