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Fresh calls for Maldives' army to release senior judge Abdulla Mohamed

Maldives' Human Rights Commission says judge’s detention shows obvious shortcomings within the judiciary

Iran unlikely to develop nuclear weapon in 2012 - ISIS report

"Iran is unlikely to break out in 2012, in great part because it is deterred from doing so," according to the Institute for Science and International Security.

Gulf Cooperation Council pulls members out of Arab League Syria mission

The Gulf Cooperation Council said it was "certain the bloodshed and killing of innocents would continue, and that the Syrian regime would not abide by the Arab League's resolutions."

Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh granted immunity

Parliament passed an amended version of the bill, following public outcry over proposals to give all Saleh's associates blanket immunity from prosecution.

South Sudan: UN troops step in to prevent ethnic violence

An estimated 1,000 people, mostly women and children, have died in ethnic clashes in South Sudan's Jonglei state in recent months, according to the UN.

Bashar al-Assad interview: Syrian president 'not guilty' about protest deaths

"You feel sorry for the lives that have been lost," said President al-Assad. "But you don't feel guilty when you don't kill people."

Syria: UN calls for 'urgent' action to prevent civil war

"The Syrian authorities’ continual ruthless repression, if not stopped now, can drive the country into a full-fledged civil war," said UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay.

UN accuses Syria of crimes against humanity

The United Nations has accused the Syrian government of crimes against humanity for its violent repression of ongoing protests, in a report released Monday.

Khmer Rouge trial: 'Brother Number 2' Nuon Chea defends deadly regime

The Khmer Rouge regime sought to defend the interests of "the nation and the people" against foreign aggressors, Pol Pot's former second-in-command Nuon Chea told the court.

Extreme weather to worsen with climate change, says UN

The entire world will face hotter, longer and more frequent heatwaves as average daily temperatures rise, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts.
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