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Analysis: Russia’s triumph in Aleppo

Syrian army in the Aleppo countryside.

Mike Whitney writes in Global Research:

“This is the beginning of the end of jihadi presence in Aleppo. After 4 years of war and terror, people can finally see the end in sight.”

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Assange "arbitrarily detained" - UN

What now for Julian Assange?

The UN group concluded that Mr Assange had been arbitrarily detained in contravention of his human rights, and should be allowed his freedom and compensated for his five-year ordeal.

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UN says Zika-hit nations should allow access to contraception, abortion

The United Nations on Friday urged countries hit by the Zika virus, believed to be linked to serious birth defects, to allow women to access contraception and abortion. 67 more words

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Pronatalism, Bringing The Stupid Once Again

Health organizations and a smattering of opinionators were a couple weeks behind me in seeing the necessary reaction — and a potential silver lining — to the Zika outbreak in the Americas. 742 more words

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Ban Ki-moon to Israelis and Palestinians: learn to live alongside your neighbour

Today I attended an event organised by UNA-UK featuring a keynote address and Q&A session with Ban Ki-moon, having won a ticket through the #AskBan Twitter competition. 173 more words

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UK, Sweden reject UN finding in favor of Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hailed a “significant victory” after a UN panel found that the hacker  – who has been hiding in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations – is “arbitrarily detained”. 257 more words

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