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Obama Signs Bill Banning Iranian Diplomat From U.S.

Hamid Abutalebi was involved in the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran where Americans were held for more than a year.

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UN Base In Bor, South Sudan Overrun; 60+ Killed

A photo from December 18, 2013 shows civilians crowding outside the U.N. compound in Bor, South Sudan in an attempt to flee from fighting. UN Photo/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos

An armed mob approached the base pretending to deliver a petition, but gunmen breached the compound’s walls and opened fire on hundreds sheltered inside.

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Russia’s Actions In Crimea Are Being Repeated In Eastern Ukraine: US

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power listens to remarks by the U.K.'s Mark Lyall Grant before briefing reporters on the situation in the Ukraine. March 6, 2014. Photo: Luke Vargas/TRNS

Russia is diverting attention from its “territorial expansion” and “fear-mongering by trying to change the subject,” Ambassador Samantha Power said.

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UN To Discuss Legal Response After US Blocks Visa For Iran Diplomat

The U.S. accuses Hamid Aboutalebi of participating in the 1979-81 Iran Hostage Crisis, and says he still constitutes a threat to the country.

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55,000 Photos Show Widespread Torture By Syrian Police: France

France presents the “Caesar” report on torture in Syria to the U.N. Security Council on April 15, 2014. Photo: French Mission to the U.N.

French Ambassador Gerard Araud said his country will seek Security Council authorization to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.

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South Sudan Rebels Capture Key Oil Town Of Bentiu

Bentiu, South Sudan

Control of the city and its surrounding oil fields is critical to financing the government of South Sudan.

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Ukraine Launches Military Operation Against Russian Separtists

Ukraine conflict map, April 15, 2014

In effort to regain occupied territory, acting Ukraine president orders risky operation in eastern regions

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North Korea’s Human Rights Issues Under Fresh Scrutiny

The chairman of a U.N. Inquiry Committee into human rights abuses in North Korea said Monday his body would seek to punish North Korean officials by all means available for human rights abuses.

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North Korea: World Must “Wait And See” About Our Next Nuclear Test

Ri Tong Il, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the UN, addresses a press conference. March 24, 2014. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

“I recommend you to wait and see what it is,” U.N. Deputy Representative Ri Tong Il said Friday.

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18 Nations Ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

The U.S. signed the global agreement last year, but widespread public skepticism about the treaty makes the prospect of Senate ratification unlikely.

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Obama Signs Bill Banning Iranian Diplomat From U.S.

Hamid Abutalebi was involved in the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran where Americans were held for more than a year.

Homs, Syria A “Theatre Of Death And Destruction”: UN Envoy

Recent fighting in the city has cut its residents off from urgent deliveries of humanitarian aid, the opposition Syrian National Coalition said.

Crimea Will Be Ours Again: Ukraine PM

Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Ukraine is ready to fight to hold onto the annexed region, but will concentrate on working with the international community.

Review On Keystone Pipeline Delayed, Again

The delayed review of the pipeline now likely takes the issue off the table for the upcoming November elections.

White House: Antisemitic Flyers Disturbing, But Origins Unclear

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday told TRNS he wasn’t sure who was behind antisemitic flyers in eastern Ukraine.

Experts: Despite Little Progress, ‘Pivot To Asia’ Not Yet Dead

Senior Administration Officials

A talk hosted by The Brookings Institution looked at how the Obama administration can still make it’s ‘pivot to Asia’ work despite lost time.