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Tanzanian Official Plans to Track and Arrest LGBT People

The United Nations human rights chief has warned that an official campaign in and around the capital of Tanzania to identify and detain anyone suspected of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) "could turn into a witch-hunt."

SOP newswireMegaports Program Expanding to Belgium - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the government of Belgium today held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the first phase
SOP newswireIraqi Government makes progress, security situation improves - WASHINGTON — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agreed to benchmarks with timelines, according to a joint statement with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad.
SOP newswirePrime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad - We were pleased to meet today to discuss our ongoing efforts to bring peace and security to Iraq and create a better future for all Iraqis. Iraq and the United States are committed to working together to respond to the needs of the people. The Iraqi
SOP newswireCheney: Anti-Terror War Is Test Of U.S. Character - WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2006 – The United States will win the war against global terrorism, Vice President Dick Cheney said at a Missouri military air base today, calling the conflict a test of American character.
SOP newswireKuwait Mail Terminal Ready for Holidays - CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait, Oct. 27, 2006 – The Joint Military Mail Terminal Kuwait is gearing up for, by far, its busiest two months of the year -- the time when servicemembers are sending and receiving packages for the holiday season
SOP newswireKazakhstan-Russia Proposal to Provide Uranium to Various Countries for Civilian Nuclear Power - It is a tragedy when innocent life is lost in any of these kinds of conflicts, whether it's in Iraq or Afghanistan or elsewhere. And I can tell you that U.S. forces take every possible precaution, erring on the side of safety any time a question arises where innocent life may be lost as a result
SOP newswireLiberia: top UN envoy calls on officers to work harder to strengthen peace and stability - The senior United Nations envoy in Liberia has called on the mission’s senior military officers to work harder to strengthen peace and stability as the West African country consolidates its transition to democracy from 14 years of civil war.
SOP newswireNegotiations on Iran Sanctions Begin at United Nations - United Nations -- The five permanent members of the Security Council have begun negotiations on a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran's nuclear activities.
SOP newswireSudan: Annan confers with UN envoy Pronk after Government demands his withdrawal - Secretary-General Kofi Annan today conferred with his Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, whose removal has been demanded by the Sudanese Government, and a United Nations spokesman said the envoy still remains in his post. The talks are expected to continue later today
SOP newswireNorth Korean Bolt From the Blue Attack Remains a Concern - WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2006 " Lost amid all the discussion over North Korea"s Oct. 9 nuclear test is an issue that Defense Department officials who specialize in that region have studied for decades and continue to study now: the possibility that, as it has before, North Korea could launch a conventional "bolt from the blue" attack on South Korea.
SOP newswireUnited States Pressing for U.N. Action on Iran - New York -- Because Iran has refused a package of incentives from European governments and the United States in exchange for suspending its nuclear enrichment program, the United States is pushing for U.N. action, U.S.
SOP newswireUnited States Promoting Political Solution for Sri Lanka - Washington – The people of Sri Lanka must grasp the opportunity of upcoming peace talks to pursue again a political solution to the island nation’s 28-year conflict, says Richard Boucher, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs.
SOP newswireBurma Death in Custody of Pro-Democracy Activist Thet Win Aung - The United States is deeply troubled by the death in custody of Thet Win Aung, a pro-democracy activist and political prisoner in Burma. The Burmese junta arrested Thet Win Aung in 1998 for organizing peaceful student demonstrations and sentenced him to 59
SOP newswireUN reports puts Cote d'Ivoire's leaders on notice to make progress towards elections - The report recommends that the current mission be extended for a last effort and that if it fails again, the UN together with the African Union and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) " should establish a transitional government
SOP newswirePatents becoming more popular than ever, says UN intellectual property agency - The number of applications for patents has virtually doubled in the past 20 years, a clear sign that the patent system is stimulating innovation and promoting economic activity around the world, the United Nations agency that protects
SOP newswireSecurity Council Imposes Sanctions on North Korea - Calling North Korea's alleged nuclear test
SOP newswireUN Assembly to meet today to appoint Ban Ki-moon as next Secretary-General - The United Nations General Assembly is set today to officially appoint Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea as the world body’s next Secretary-General, to succeed Kofi Annan when he steps down on 31 December.
SOP newswireSupport Grows for North Korea Sanctions, U.N. Envoy Bolton Says - United Nations -- The United States continues to press for a Security Council vote to impose sanctions on North Korea for its October 9 reported nuclear test.
SOP newswireIraqi government moves forward despite violence, other challenges - Iraq's young government is making significant progress despite recent violence, the spokesman for Multi-National Force - Iraq said at a press briefing here Monday.
SOP newswireSecurity Council To Proceed with Iran Sanctions, Ministers Declare - With Iran's continuing refusal to suspend its nuclear enrichment program, the U.N. Security Council will begin discussions on imposing mandatory sanctions, according to an October 6 statement issued in London by the foreign ministers of the council's permanent members
SOP newswireSecurity Council members 'strongly condemn' nuclear test by DPR Korea - The United Nations today strongly condemned the reported nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), calling it “a grave challenge” that violates international norms, aggravates regional tensions and creates serious security issues for the world community.
SOP newswireStatement by the President on North Korea - THE PRESIDENT: Last night the government of North Korea proclaimed to the world that it had conducted a nuclear test.
SOP newswireDespite Challenges, Promising Trajectory in Afghanistan - The following column by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was published in the October 7 edition of The Washington Post and is in the public domain. There are no republication restrictions.
SOP newswireAmbassador Bolton says Sudanese warnings created atmosphere of intimidation - Facing strong objections by the United States and other nations, Sudan has withdrawn its warning to countries potentially supplying troops to a U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said.
SOP newswireDarfur's aid operations in jeopardy, warns Annan - Sudan"s war-torn region of Darfur has reached a critical stage, with humanitarian groups at risk of withdrawing or drastically reducing their
SOP newswireIvorian leaders must show restraint and pursue dialogue, Says Annan - Deploring inflammatory remarks and threats made by a political leader in Côte d’Ivoire against a grouping of neighbouring states working to bring stability to the divided country, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all Ivorian parties to show restraint and pursue dialogue. He warned that anyone who incites violence will be held accountable by the international
SOP newswireUnited States, Botswana Sign Debt-for-Nature Agreements - The United States and Botswana signed a series of debt reduction agreements October 5 that will generate funds to help conserve and restore Botswana's tropical forests, including the ecologically fragileOkavango Delta and Chobe National Park regions.
SOP newswireUN study proposes new guidelines for corporate reporting on environment, labour rights - It is clear that regulation by itself cannot provide all the answers, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner told an international conference in Amsterdam at the launch of new guidelines for reporting on key elements of the UN Global Compact, Secretary-General
SOP newswireIsrael and Hizbollah committed major violations during the recent conflict: UN experts - Criticizing violations of human rights and humanitarian law by both Israel and Hizbollah in the recent 34-day conflict in Lebanon, four independent United Nations rights experts today called for further investigations to determine whether war crimes were committed.
SOP newswireMilitary Alone Will Not Secure Afghanistan, Says NATO Commander - Washington --NATO"s top general says that Afghanistan"s future will not be secured by military force alone.
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