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UN Security Council applauds Sri Lankan govt. report on children and armed conflict

By NNN-Govt Portal

Colombo: UN Working Group of the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict commended the comprehensive report based on Sri Lanka’s Zero-Tolerance Policy on using underage children in armed conflict, submitted to its special session in New York Thursday (Feb 21).

In addition, the Working Group also expressed serious concern about the charges leveled against the LTTE, allegations of misconduct by other armed groups including the LTTE’s breakaway group Karuna faction for the continuing recruitment of children.

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Nepal: UNICEF and OHCHR expresses concern over children's use in protests

By NNN-Nepal News

Kathmandu : The United Nations' Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal have said they are increasingly concerned at the threat of harm to children, given the violent protests that have been taking place in the Terai.

In a joint statement on Friday, the two UN agencies said there are alarming and confirmed reports of children participating in violent protests and bandhs (general strike).

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UK seeks earlier deportation of foreign prisoners

By IRNA

London : The British government is to planning to deport foreign prisoners earlier to help alleviate the country's overcrowded jails, Justice Minister Jack Straw has announced.

"I will be laying the appropriate draft Order, which is subject to the affirmative resolution procedure, and time will be found for a debate shortly," Straw said in a written parliamentary statement published Friday.

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UK seeks earlier deportation of foreign prisoners

By IRNA

London : The British government is to planning to deport foreign prisoners earlier to help alleviate the country's overcrowded jails, Justice Minister Jack Straw has announced.

"I will be laying the appropriate draft Order, which is subject to the affirmative resolution procedure, and time will be found for a debate shortly," Straw said in a written parliamentary statement published Friday.

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Berlin summons Serbian envoy over Belgrade riots

By IRNA

Berlin : Germany's Foreign Ministry here Friday summoned Serbia's envoy to protest Thursday evening's riots in front of the German and several other western embassies in the Serbian capital Belgrade.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger told journalists in Berlin that the Serbian charge d'affaires had been called in to be submitted an official protest at the mob attack on the German diplomatic mission in Belgrade.

The German embassy in Belgrade remained closed to the public, he added.

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Argentine navy men admit role in 1972 massacre

By IANS

Buenos Aires : One of the former Argentine navy men arrested in connection with a 1972 massacre admitted in court that they had gunned down 16 leftist guerrillas held at a naval base in southern Argentina in their cells, media reports said.

Carlos Amadeo Marandino made this confession during a trial Wednesday a day after his arrest upon his arrival in the country from the US, where he was staying in exile, Spain's EFE news agency reported Friday.

"The detainees were gunned down without any reason. They were killed like dogs," the defendant said to the court.

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Climate change threatens world's fish stocks, says UN group

By DPA

Monaco : The rising emissions of greenhouse gases and the resultant climate change are adding to the threats to the world's dwindling stocks of fish, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a report made public Friday.

The main problem is the changes in circulation brought on by the fading and falling of the ocean's natural pumping system, which may "seriously impact" three-fourths of the globe's key fishing grounds.

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Canadian envoy to head research organisation

By IANS

New Delhi : Canada has appointed its high commissioner to India David M. Malone as president of the prestigious International Development Research Centre (IDRC) that helps developing countries make optimal use of science and technology for development.

"The appointment will be effective July 1, 2008. He will replace Maureen O'Neil," a press release by the Canadian high commission said here.

Malone "is an accomplished diplomat and respected scholar", said Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Bernier.

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Dalai Lama begins discourse on Jataka tales

By IANS

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh): Buddhists have gathered in large numbers in Himachal Pradesh to listen to the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speak on Lord Buddha's timeless 34 Jataka tales.

"His Holiness spoke on the importance of training our minds and developing a positive mental attitude such as compassion," a spokesman of the Dalai Lama's office here said Friday.

The annual spring teachings of the Dalai Lama began here Thursday and will continue for 10 more days.

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EU condemns embassy attacks in Serbia

By DPA

Brussels : European Union (EU) Friday strongly condemned the anti-Kosovo protests that saw angry demonstrators attack a number of foreign embassies in Serbia.

"I strongly condemn the attacks perpetrated yesterday against foreign embassies and economic assets in Belgrade which caused important material damage and put human life in danger," said Olli Rehn, the EU's enlargement commissioner.

"We respect the democratic right of the Serbian people to voice their opinion on developments in Kosovo, but the use of violence for expressing one's opinion is unacceptable," Rehn added.

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