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Human rights chief slams Security Council for inaction on Syria
UNITED NATIONS, March 19 (Reuters) - The United Nations' human rights chief slammed the Security Council on Monday for failing to "defend human rights and prevent further loss of life" as the war in Syria that has killed nearly half a million people enters its eighth year.
On eve of Trump-Saudi meeting, Riyadh calls Iran nuclear deal flawed
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia called the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers a "flawed agreement" on Monday, on the eve of a meeting between the Saudi crown prince and U.S. President Donald Trump who have both been highly critical of Iran.
Palestinian President attacks Hamas, calls U.S. ambassador 'son of a dog'
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called the U.S. ambassador to Israel a "son of a dog" because of his support for Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.
UPDATE 4-Palestinian President attacks Hamas, calls U.S. ambassador "son of a dog"
RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 19 (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called the U.S. ambassador to Israel a "son of a dog" because of his support for Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.
Pompeo to face tough questions on North Korea, Iran: senator
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican who heads the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, will face tough questions on North Korea and Iran if he is to be confirmed in the role.
Russia blocks UN Security Council meeting on human rights in Syria
UNITED NATIONS, March 19 (Reuters) - Russia on Monday blocked a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the human rights situation in Syria.
Air strike kills 17 in Ghouta rebel town - Observatory
BEIRUT, March 19 (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an air strike killed 15 children and two women sheltering in the basement of a school in the Syrian rebel-held town of Arbin in eastern Ghouta on Monday.
BlackBerry must face renewed lawsuit in U.S. over BlackBerry 10--ruling
March 19 (Reuters) - u.s. Judge rejects blackberry request to dismiss amended lawsuit over statements related to blackberry 10 -- court ruling Decision issued by chief judge colleen mcmahon in u.s. District court in manhattan Mcmahon said new information has surfaced since the lawsuit was dismissed in 2015, and the u.s. Supreme court has changed the legal standard for assessing whether opinions are misleading Mcmahon says that in light of the new information and new legal standard, plaintiffs have made a sufficient showing that there was an intent to defraud them
UPDATE 4-Erdogan says Turkey may extend Afrin campaign along whole Syrian border
ANKARA/AFRIN, Syria, March 19 (Reuters) - Turkish forces will press their offensive against Kurdish YPG fighters along the length of Turkey's border with Syria and if necessary into northern Iraq, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.
UPDATE 1-UN envoy sees Syria partition "catastrophe," fears return of IS
GENEVA, March 19 (Reuters) - Syria is heading for a catastrophic partition and could see the return of Islamic State if there is no inclusive peace settlement, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Monday.
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