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  • 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.

  • Norway wealth fund examining Total's ethics in W.Sahara Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    OSLO, March 12- Norway's sovereign wealth fund is examining the operations of oil firm Total in Western Sahara, a disputed region of North Africa with a history of human rights abuses, to ascertain whether its activities there are unethical.

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered sanctions on people responsible for Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, including travel bans and freezing of their U.S. assets, and said a referendum by the region to join Russia would violate international law.

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- The U.S. company that handles public relations for Russia in the United States distanced itself on Thursday from the Ukraine crisis, saying that it advises the Kremlin largely on economic development, not foreign policy.

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered sanctions on people responsible for Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine, including travel bans and freezing of their U.S. assets, and said a referendum by the Crimea region to join Russia would violate international law.

  • BRUSSELS, March 6- The European Union froze the assets on Thursday of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, former prime minister Mykola Azarov and 16 other senior Ukrainian officials suspected of misusing state funds and violating human rights.

  • Much of the gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten used in electronics and lighting is mined in areas of civil conflict in Africa. "We are committed to preventing international trade in minerals from intensifying or perpetuating conflict," EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a joint statement.

  • Much of the gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten used in electronics and lighting is mined in areas of civil conflict in Africa. "We are committed to preventing international trade in minerals from intensifying or perpetuating conflict," EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a joint statement.

  • *Germany has close economic and energy ties to Russia. BERLIN, March 3- Heavily dependent on Russian gas and closer to Moscow than any other leading western nation, Germany faces a major policy dilemma as the Ukraine crisis descends into a Cold War-style confrontation of tit-for-tat threats and ultimatums.

  • RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS "LARGE-SCALE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS", ATTACKS AND VANDALISM IN UKRAINE CAUSE FOR CONCERN.

  • 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.