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Nikki Haley calls Human Rights Council UN's 'greatest failure' in bid to justify US exit

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has launched another attack on the UN human rights body, calling it a failure for listing such countries as China and Cuba among its members. She had no qualms about Saudi Arabia, though. Haley was speaking at the Heritage Foundation think tank, explaining the reasons for the US withdrawal from the UN Human ...

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75% of South African gold mines unprofitable – mineral council

South Africa’s 140-year-old gold industry – which was once the world’s largest – is now facing a major crisis. The country’s mineral council says 75 percent of gold mines are unprofitable or barely making money. The announcement comes as the sector enters wage talks with its employees. Around 200 employer and employee representatives are set to start the negotiations on ...

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India’s defense council approves S-400 deal despite Washington’s pressure – report

India’s Defense Ministry has reportedly given the green light for the acquisition of the Russian S-400 air defense systems and has forwarded the deal for final approval, despite a warning from the US of potential consequences. After endorsing some “minor deviations” in the contract, defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman forwarded the 39,000 crore ($ 5.7mn) deal to purchase S-400 for final ...

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EU leaders reach deal on migration at European Council summit

Following nearly ten hours of tense deliberation, the leaders of the 28 European Union member states have reached an agreement on the migration issue. “EU28 leaders have agreed on (summit) conclusions, including on migration,” the European Council president Donald Tusk said. Earlier in the day, Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte had refused to approve an EU summit statement on the ...

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Russian senator warns Council of Europe against issuing ‘payment ultimatums’ to Moscow

The head of the Upper House commission for information policies has said that it was wrong on CE’s part to set ultimatums and deadlines to Russia because Moscow was not the real initiator of the current standoff. “Council of Europe should not give Russia deadlines or issue any ultimatums. The authors of the most acute crisis in Russia-Europe relations are ...

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US leaves 'hypocritical and self-serving' UN Human Rights Council

Washington has decided to walk out of the UN Human Rights Council, accusing the body of hypocrisy. The US has long cited concerns about the body’s “anti-Israel bias.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley announced the decision at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “The US is officially withdrawing from the UN Human Rights ...

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Atlantic Council: Pro-NATO pressure group uses distortions to fight ‘disinformation’

Fueling hysteria about ‘Russian disinformation,’ ‘Russian meddling,’ and ‘Russian propaganda’ has quickly become a lucrative pastime. Now NATO’s Atlantic Council has gathered the leading proponents under one umbrella. ‘Russian’s everywhere, everywhere Russians’ – that’s long been the mantra of NATO’s propaganda wing, the Atlantic Council. And, since 1961, the American lobby group’s raison d’être has been to convince the world ...

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‘Sanction Israel!’: 4,500 pairs of shoes symbolizing dead Palestinians placed at EU Council (VIDEO)

Campaigners lined up 4,500 pairs of shoes symbolizing the number of Palestinians killed by Israelis in the past decade outside the EU Council building in Brussels, to put pressure on European foreign ministers meeting inside. “We have a message to leaders of the European Union that says: ‘Palestinian lives matter’,” Fadi Quran, senior campaigner for Avaaz, the NGO that organized ...

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To ‘protect democracy,’ scandal-fearing Facebook teams up with ‘unbiased’ Atlantic Council

Would you like a think tank advocating acts of terrorism, war and suppression of the media working with Facebook to protect democracy and elections worldwide? If so, great news! Facebook is “excited to launch a new partnership with the Atlantic Council, which has a stellar reputation looking at innovative solutions to hard problems,” Katie Harbath, Facebook’s director for global politics ...

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Israel withdraws its bid for UN Security Council seat

Seeing little support amid international criticism over its violent crackdown on Palestinian protesters, Israel has announced it will not be seeking a rotating two-year non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council. “After consulting with our partners, including our good friends, the State of Israel has decided to postpone its candidacy for a seat on the Security Council,” the Israeli ...

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