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April 21, 2010
The worldwide Jewish community can be thin skinned about criticism of the policies of the state of Israel, but the vitriol reached a new low last week. After members of the South African Jewish community threatened to disrupt the ceremony if he attended, Justice Richard Goldstone, author of a controversial United Nations report on the conflict in Gaza, canceled plans to attend his grandson's upcoming bar mitzvah ceremony in Johannesburg. The Goldstone report, released in September, concluded that both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during the conflict in Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009, and that both had deliberately targeted the other side's civilian population in attempts to achieve their goals.
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WORLD
October 10, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Suspected insurgents in Afghan custody have been subjected to torture including electric shocks, being hung by their hands and having their genitals twisted, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said in a report Monday. The 74-page report, detailing a widespread pattern of brutal abuses, will probably complicate American efforts to hand over security responsibilities to Afghan authorities as a prelude to winding down the Western combat mission in Afghanistan. "Torture is one of the most serious human rights violations under international law, a crime under Afghan law, and strictly prohibited under both laws," said Georgette Gagnon, the director of human rights for the U.N. mission.
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NEWS
November 16, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Politically motivated mass executions took place in Iran during the second quarter of 1988, according to evidence cited in a U.N. report to be published this week. It gave no figure for the number of those executions but said many of the more than 900 officially announced during the first five months of this year, mainly for drug offenses, were also alleged to have been politically motivated.
OPINION
April 21, 2010
The worldwide Jewish community can be thin skinned about criticism of the policies of the state of Israel, but the vitriol reached a new low last week. After members of the South African Jewish community threatened to disrupt the ceremony if he attended, Justice Richard Goldstone, author of a controversial United Nations report on the conflict in Gaza, canceled plans to attend his grandson's upcoming bar mitzvah ceremony in Johannesburg. The Goldstone report, released in September, concluded that both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during the conflict in Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009, and that both had deliberately targeted the other side's civilian population in attempts to achieve their goals.
WORLD
March 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Mismanagement, limited resources and environmental damage have combined to deny 1.1 billion people access to safe water, says a new United Nations report issued Thursday. Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the hardest-hit areas, where ecological degradation, poor water management and a burgeoning population have led to water shortages, exacerbating poverty, disease and drought, the report says. The 24 U.N.
NEWS
September 26, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Baghdad, in what appears to be a political shift, has agreed in principle to a substantial international relief program to get food, fuel and medicine to Kurds in northern Iraq before winter sets in, U.N. officials confirmed. At the same time, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Said Sahaf explored the possibility of new talks on limited oil sales to pay for Baghdad's own relief supplies.
FOOD
December 17, 1992 | DANIEL P. PUZO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Massive food relief to countries ravished by hunger and malnutrition--such as that now under way in Somalia--may initially sustain victims of famine, but unless a comprehensive system is in place to prevent subsequent food and water contamination, the benefits will be temporary, according to a United Nations report released last week in Rome.
BUSINESS
November 22, 1998 | AMY JOYCE, Amy Joyce writes for the Washington Post
The phone is ringing, bosses are hovering and the deadline is just about here. You can't prioritize, your muscles are tense, and all you can think about is how awful it all is. If only you could escape, maybe you could get it all together. Companies including Bethesda, Md.-based Acacia Life Insurance Co. and New York City's PT & Co. realized a need for mending the worker's soul, and both provide that escape in the form of a meditation room.
WORLD
October 10, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Suspected insurgents in Afghan custody have been subjected to torture including electric shocks, being hung by their hands and having their genitals twisted, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said in a report Monday. The 74-page report, detailing a widespread pattern of brutal abuses, will probably complicate American efforts to hand over security responsibilities to Afghan authorities as a prelude to winding down the Western combat mission in Afghanistan. "Torture is one of the most serious human rights violations under international law, a crime under Afghan law, and strictly prohibited under both laws," said Georgette Gagnon, the director of human rights for the U.N. mission.
WORLD
October 16, 2002 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
UNITED NATIONS -- Every year, about 6 million children under the age of 5 die as a result of hunger and malnutrition, says a U.N. study released Tuesday. That's as if all of California's children in that age group -- more than twice over -- starved to death. The 2002 report on world hunger by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization says progress in slowing starvation has ground to a halt in many parts of the world.
WORLD
March 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Mismanagement, limited resources and environmental damage have combined to deny 1.1 billion people access to safe water, says a new United Nations report issued Thursday. Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the hardest-hit areas, where ecological degradation, poor water management and a burgeoning population have led to water shortages, exacerbating poverty, disease and drought, the report says. The 24 U.N.
WORLD
October 16, 2002 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
UNITED NATIONS -- Every year, about 6 million children under the age of 5 die as a result of hunger and malnutrition, says a U.N. study released Tuesday. That's as if all of California's children in that age group -- more than twice over -- starved to death. The 2002 report on world hunger by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization says progress in slowing starvation has ground to a halt in many parts of the world.
FOOD
December 17, 1992 | DANIEL P. PUZO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Massive food relief to countries ravished by hunger and malnutrition--such as that now under way in Somalia--may initially sustain victims of famine, but unless a comprehensive system is in place to prevent subsequent food and water contamination, the benefits will be temporary, according to a United Nations report released last week in Rome.
NEWS
September 26, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Baghdad, in what appears to be a political shift, has agreed in principle to a substantial international relief program to get food, fuel and medicine to Kurds in northern Iraq before winter sets in, U.N. officials confirmed. At the same time, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Said Sahaf explored the possibility of new talks on limited oil sales to pay for Baghdad's own relief supplies.
NEWS
November 16, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Politically motivated mass executions took place in Iran during the second quarter of 1988, according to evidence cited in a U.N. report to be published this week. It gave no figure for the number of those executions but said many of the more than 900 officially announced during the first five months of this year, mainly for drug offenses, were also alleged to have been politically motivated.
NEWS
May 24, 1988
Hundreds of millions of people might die as a direct result of a nuclear war, but the indirect results, including environmental effects, could kill billions, according to a United Nations report. The 70-page report was drafted by an international panel of 11 experts, headed by Prof. Henry Nix of the Australian National University, Canberra.
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