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UN agency reports jump in foreign investment in developing, transition economies

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Photo: IRIN/Edgar Mwakaba 31 October 2013 – The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) today reported that foreign investment in developing and transition economies rose to $745 billion in the first half of 2013, up some 4 per cent over the same period last year. The October edition of UNCTAD’s Global Investment Trends […]

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Cambodia: On final day of UN-backed trial, former leaders deny war crimes charges

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Khieu Samphan (left) and Nuon Chea in the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Photo: ECCC 31 October 2013 – Two of the surviving former leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime charged with mass killings during the 1970’s requested to be acquitted today, as closing arguments began at the […]

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Amidst new violence in Bangladesh, UN chief urges restraint, respect for rule of law

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten 31 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is concerned about the latest wave of deadly violence in Bangladesh ahead of parliamentary elections due by January. “He calls on all concerned to respect the rule of law, exercise restraint and to express their views peacefully,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in […]

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China, Italy pledge to boost ties

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Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta (R) meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Rome, Italy, Oct. 29, 2013. (Xinhua/Xu Nizhi)   ROME, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta vowed here Tuesday to advance relations between the two countries. China always attaches great importance to its […]

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Chinese president meets Iran’s parliamentary speaker

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Chinese PresidentXi Jinping(R) meets withIran‘s Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 30, 2013. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)   BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday met with Iran’s Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani in Beijing, vowing to jointly push forward friendly cooperation in multiple areas. Xi commended the […]

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Chinese VP meets European parliamentary delegation

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Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (R) meets with a delegation from the Socialist Group of the European Parliament, headed by Chairman Hannes Swoboda, in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 30, 2013. (Xinhua/Li Tao)   BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao met on Wednesday with a delegation from the Socialist Group of […]

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Meeting with President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic

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Vladimir Putin and President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic discussed current bilateral relations. PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Mr President, friends, Allow me to wish you a warm welcome to the Kremlin. I know that you are here on what is really a private visit, but it is a business visit too, related to the investment […]

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UN envoy for Western Sahara dispute launches ‘new phase’ in negotiations

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  Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. UN Photo 30 October 2013 – The United Nations envoy dealing with Western Sahara today told the Security Council that he plans to return to the region in the coming weeks to pursue a new approach to ending the dispute over the territory. Christopher Ross, […]

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As part of peace efforts, UN-Arab League envoy meets Syrian President in Damascus

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Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré 30 October 2013 – The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, today met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, as part of his ongoing efforts to bring all parties to the conflict to the negotiating […]

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Deals linked to settlements in occupied territories could be ‘criminal,’ UN expert warns

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Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories Richard Falk. 30 October 2013 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today warned that financial institutions and real estate companies involved with housing settlements in occupied Palestinian territory – which are considered illegal under international law – may be held […]

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