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  • 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.

  • CARACAS, Feb 21- Venezuela's jailed protest leader urged supporters on Friday to keep demonstrating peacefully against President Nicolas Maduro despite violence that has killed at least six people and rocked the OPEC member nation.

  • From jail, Venezuela protest leader urges resistance Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 10:07 AM ET

    CARACAS, Feb 21- Venezuela's jailed protest leader urged supporters on Friday to keep demonstrating peacefully against President Nicolas Maduro despite violence that has killed six people and rocked the OPEC member nation.

  • LONDON, Feb 20- The London Metal Exchange risks having to repeat arduous preparations it made for reform of its global warehouse system if Russian aluminium giant Rusal wins a British judicial review on grounds including human rights.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 19- The European Union will on Thursday decide whether to impose financial and travel restrictions on Ukraine after the death of two dozen protesters in Kiev, even though diplomats have doubts about the effectiveness of sanctions.

  • 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.

  • EU eases Zimbabwe sanctions, keeps them on Mugabe Monday, 17 Feb 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Feb 17- The European Union suspended sanctions on eight of Zimbabwe's most powerful military and political figures on Monday, but kept them on President Robert Mugabe and his wife, in a cautious easing of policy after last year's disputed elections.

  • BEIRUT, Feb 12- While the Syrian government and rebels have been at peace talks in Geneva, Syrians have been killed at the fastest rate since the country slid into conflict in 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

  • MADRID, Feb 11- Spain's ruling party sought on Tuesday to limit judges' ability to go after alleged human rights abusers around the world, a day after Spanish arrest orders were issued for former Chinese officials accused of genocide in Tibet. China protested against the orders, called on Spain to drop the issue and issued a veiled threat about bilateral ties.

  • MADRID, Feb 11- Spain's parliament will debate a bill on Tuesday to limit the power of judges to pursue international human rights cases, a day after Spanish arrest orders were issued for former Chinese officials accused of genocide in Tibet.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 10- The European Union agreed on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist-ruled country in 2008..

  • EU eyes warmer Cuba ties with push for new accord Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Feb 10- The European Union agreed on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist island in 2008..