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  • *Kiev to send new special forces to control Odessa. ODESSA/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 5- Pro-Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter in fierce fighting near the eastern town of Slaviansk on Monday, and Kiev drafted police special forces to the southwestern port city of Odessa to halt a feared westward spread of rebellion.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 29- The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday partially eased a decade-long arms embargo on Ivory Coast and removed a ban on its diamond exports, a measure that U.N. experts said had failed to stop illicit trafficking. U.N. experts have valued the annual illicit trade in Ivory Coast diamonds at between $12 million and $23 million.

  • UNITED NATIONS/ ABIDJAN, April 25- The U.N. Security Council is set to partially ease a decade-long arms embargo on Ivory Coast and lift a ban on diamond exports, diplomats said on Friday, despite claims by U.N. experts the measure failed to stop illicit trafficking of rough diamonds.

  • UNITED NATIONS/ ABIDJAN, April 25- The U.N. Security Council is set to lift a nearly decade-long diamond embargo on Ivory Coast, diplomats said on Friday, despite U.N. experts reporting that ban has failed to stop the illicit production and trafficking of rough diamonds.

  • *France, United Nations have spoken out against partition. BAMBARI, Central African Republic, April 24- In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorising the country's south: partition.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 24- The United Nations Security Council asked for an urgent investigation on Thursday into the ethnic massacre of hundreds of people in South Sudan's oil hub Bentiu and expressed its willingness to "take additional measures" if there are more attacks on civilians.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp will again have to face a U.S. lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 4- North Korea said on Friday that the world would have to "wait and see" when asked for details of "a new form" of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after the United Nations Security Council condemned Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile launch. North Korea fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the sea on March 26.

  • BRUSSELS, March 31- As Moscow and the West dig in for a prolonged stand-off over Russia's annexation of Crimea, risking spillover to other former Soviet republics and beyond, here are 10 ways in which the Ukraine crisis could change attitudes and policy around the world.

  • UN panel says North Korea's Kim may face charges Monday, 17 Feb 2014 | 6:27 PM ET
    People watch a television broadcast on North Korea.

    North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un himself should face international justice, U.N. investigators said.

  • AT&T protests Russia's antigay law     Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 8:25 AM ET

    AT&T has become the first major advertiser to protest Russia's antigay law, reports the "Squawk Box" crew.

  • Soros on crisis in Syria     Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    Billionaire investor George Soros, shares his thoughts on the "humanitarian catastrophe" in Syria.

  • NYSE honors Nelson Mandela     Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 9:17 AM ET

    The NYSE remembers Nelson Mandela with a moment of silence before the opening bell.

  • Nelson Mandela: Remembering a legend     Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 8:17 AM ET

    Robert Johnson, The RLJ Companies founder & chairman, shares his memories of human rights leader, South Africa's Nelson Mandela. He was a fundraiser and had that kind of sense of humor that made it almost impossible to say "no" to, recalls Johnson.

  • Branson: Remembering Nelson Mandela     Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 7:16 AM ET

    Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder & chairman, shares his personal recollections of the man who ended apartheid in South Africa and fought for human rights around the world. Mandela felt that business leaders needed to become forces for good, Branson said.

  • Nelson Mandela's legacy lives on     Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 6:53 AM ET

    Robert Hormats, Kissinger Associates vice chairman, and Brian Bowler, former U.N. ambassador to Malawi, share their memories about the man who devoted his life to human rights issues in South Africa. He created an environment of cooperation and unity, Hormats added.

  • Mandela: Remembering a human rights icon     Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 6:03 AM ET

    People around the world are remembering Nelson Mandela who died yesterday in South Africa at the age of 95, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, with a look at the world leader's life and economic policies.

  • Senate passes landmark discrimination bill Thursday, 7 Nov 2013 | 6:53 PM ET

    The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to ban discrimination against gay workers but the measure faces a struggle in the House of Representatives.

  • Apple labor standards in the spotlight     Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 9:22 PM ET

    Kevin Slaten, Program Coordinator at China Labor Watch, discusses the organization's report of fresh labor violations in a Chinese factory producing Apple's soon-to-be-released cheap iPhone.

  • Is Snowden Pro-Privacy or Anti-Patriotic?     Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | 9:06 PM ET

    David Kuo, CEO of The Motley Fool, Singapore highlights some of the salient issues in the Snowden saga.