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Can Mobile Phones Help Solve Global Illiteracy? UNESCO Thinks So

A new U.N. study shows that the near universal availability of mobile phones is introducing millions to the written word for the first time.

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Number Of South Sudanese Civilians Sheltered With UN Skyrockets

22,000 civilians are seeking protection with the U.N. in the town of Bentiu, up from 4,500 earlier this month.

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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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Iraq And Afghanistan Vets To Be Honored In D.C.

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The names of all those who have died in battle since 9/11 will be read aloud at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on May 24.

The Flat-Earth Society Has Arisen Again

Can you imagine what the reaction would be if all four Republican candidates for North Carolina’s senate seat said the sun revolves around the earth?

Hagel Notifies Egypt Of Military Aid, US Certification

This is a relaxation of a partial suspension of aid imposed by the US government after Egypt’s military ousted President Mohamed Mursi cracked down violently on protesters.

Georgia Governor Approves Gun Rights Bill

Photo/M. Glasgow

Georgia Gov. Deal called the bill “a great day to affirm our liberties” and said that the bill expands the ability for families to defends themselves.

Air Force Chief of Staff Says Cutting A-10 Necessary To Maintain “Strategic Agility”

General Mark Welsh, the Air Force Chief of Staff, defended the decision to retire the fleet of A-10 “Warthog” planes.

Hagel Departs For Mexico, Guatemala To Emphasize U.S. Commitment

While in Mexico, Hagel will attend the second US-Canada-Mexico North American Defense Ministerial conference to meet with the other defense leaders.