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U.N. chief warns against aiding Central African Republic militias

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Monday against any support or facilitation of violence by armed groups in Central African Republic after Chadian troops were accused of opening fire on civilians and killing at least 10 people at the weekend.

UN chief warns against aiding Central African Republic militias

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Monday against any support or facilitation of violence by armed groups in Central African Republic after Chadian troops were accused of opening fire on civilians and killing at least 10 people at the weekend.

U.N. chief warns against aiding Central African Republic militias

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Monday against any support or facilitation of violence by armed groups in Central African Republic after Chadian troops were accused of opening fire on civilians and killing at least 10 people at the weekend.

Americas News Agenda for March 28

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Friday: + UN Security Council discusses Syria + UN chief briefs on Ukraine, Russia trip UNITED NATIONS: The Security Council discusses the extent to which the Syrian government has fulfilled obligations to give UN aid convoys access to besieged populations. As of 1400 GMT. (SYRIA-CONFLICT-UN)

Japan to propose 32 festivals as UNESCO cultural heritage

The Japanese government decided Thursday to propose a set of 32 traditional festivals in 18 prefectures for registration by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. The proposal will be filed with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization by Monday with the aim of gaining registration in 2015, the Cultural Affairs Agency said.

U.S. House will consider Ukraine bill without IMF reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee introduced a bill on Friday that provides aid to Ukraine, but does not include reforms to the International Monetary Fund requested by the Obama administration. The bill's introduction in the Republican-led House could mean a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate, which is considering Ukraine legislation including the IMF measures. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Sandra Maler)

UN bans China group after accusation of spying on Montreal woman at UN

OTTAWA - The United Nations has stripped the credentials of a man representing a Chinese organization after he was accused of spying on a Montreal woman whose father is a political prisoner in China. The incident occurred within the chamber of the United Nations Human Rights Council, one day after Ti-Anna Wang, 24, of Montreal made an impassioned plea for the freedom of her father, Dr. Wang Bingzhang, who was given a life sentence in 2002 after trying to foster democracy in China.

U.N. official says 'terrifying' level of hatred in Central African Republic

By Serge Leger Kokpakpa BANGUI (Reuters) - Hatred between Christians and Muslims in Central African Republic has reached a "terrifying level", the U.N.'s top human rights official said on Thursday, warning that atrocities were being carried out with impunity. Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, appealed to the international community to urgently provide troops for a proposed 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission to halt crimes which she said included acts of cannibalism and decapitation of children.

U.N. official says 'terrifying' level of hatred in Central African Republic

By Serge Leger Kokpakpa BANGUI (Reuters) - Hatred between Christians and Muslims in Central African Republic has reached a "terrifying level", the U.N.'s top human rights official said on Thursday, warning that atrocities were being carried out with impunity. Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, appealed to the international community to urgently provide troops for a proposed 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission to halt crimes which she said included acts of cannibalism and decapitation of children.

C.Africa hatred at 'terrifying level': UN rights chief

The UN's rights chief on Thursday expressed horror at the level of violence in the Central African Republic, citing cannibalism, child decapitations and gruesome lynchings. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned that the world's response was alarmingly slow and made a passionate appeal for greater mobilisation. "The inter-communal hatred remains at a terrifying level," she said at a press conference in Bangui.
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