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Pyongyang 1, NSA 0: U.S. Tried and Failed to Hack North Korea’s Nuclear Infrastructure

Foreign Policy - Sat, 30/05/2015 - 00:39
The attempted hack was similar to the Stuxnet virus that infected Iranian centrifuges.

Longform’s Picks of the Week

Foreign Policy - Sat, 30/05/2015 - 00:20
The best stories from around the world.

UN envoy urges restraint among all Burundian parties; heads to region for weekend summit on crisis

UN News Centre - Sat, 30/05/2015 - 00:05
The United Nations Special Envoy for Burundi today travelled to Tanzania where he hopes an East African community summit over the weekend will help reinforce dialogue among the Burundian parties amid concerns raised by UN agencies that the current political instability and violence puts children at risk and could lead to a humanitarian crisis.

Tea Party and ACLU Call on Congress to Let Patriot Act Expire

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 23:20
In the literal definition of a strange bedfellows alliance, a top Tea Party group and the American Civil Liberties Union are pressing lawmakers to allow the controversial provisions of the Patriot Act that authorize the National Security Agency's broad surveillance activities to expire.

What Should the U.S. Do in the South China Sea?

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 23:01
Beijing continues to push the envelope, and Washington seems stymied. What's a better way forward?

Free Jason, Free Iran

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 22:13
My friend, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, spent his career trying to overcome the mutual distrust between the United States and Iran. It’s time for Tehran to free him from his jail cell in Evin Prison, and begin the hard work of engaging with the West.

Inclusion and active involvement of youth vital to success of UN sustainability agenda – Ban

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 22:07
The United Nations General Assembly today commemorated the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth with an acknowledgement that young people have been “disproportionately” affected by many global challenges but “are ready and willing to be actively involved in shaping their future.”

Cut Down in Their Prime

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 21:41
When Bangladesh’s politicians exploit extremist Islam, liberal bloggers pay with their lives.

Chill Out, America

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 21:40
TV news, think-tank pundits, and politicians all want you to see threats around every corner. Don't fall for it.

Libya: UN envoy hopes new draft of political deal can be agreed within four weeks

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 21:30
Libya is on the verge of economic collapse amid ongoing violence, political infighting and efforts by terrorists to “build strong bases” throughout the country, the envoy facilitating the United Nations efforts to restore peace there said as he briefed journalists on meetings held in Brussels discussing the situation in the North African country and efforts towards a political transition.

At debate, UN and Security Council renew pledge to counter foreign terrorist fighters

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 21:23
The increasing number of foreign terrorist fighters populating the front-lines of the world&#39s conflict zones is cause for deepening concern and requires the international community&#39s bolstered efforts to combat the scourge, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as the Security Council renewed its resolve in addressing this growing threat to international peace and security.

New Head of African Development Bank Wants a Continent He’s Proud to Call Home

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 20:47
Akinwumi Adesina won Thursday's election for the presidency of the African Development Bank. Now he's ready to improve infrastructure, create jobs, and encourage green growth on the continent.

Blatter Control: FIFA Head Wins New Term Despite Corruption Probe

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 20:44
A U.S. bribery probe can't bring down the most powerful man in international sports.

The New Unknown Soldiers of Afghanistan and Iraq

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 20:39
Did you know that private contractors in Afghanistan outnumber U.S. troops three to one?

UN rights office welcomes Nebraska as latest US state to abolish death penalty

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 20:18
Welcoming Nebraska as the nineteenth state in the United States to abolish the death penalty, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today urged the Federal Government to engage with those states retaining the policy towards achieving a nationwide moratorium as a first step to abolition.

Ramping up northern Mali relief efforts, UN agency aims to assist thousands newly displaced by violence

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 19:49
Across northern Mali, a flare-up in clashes between armed groups has spurred a renewed exodus of people fleeing the violence and their homes, the United Nations refugee agency said today, reporting difficulties in reaching the beleaguered populations with critical humanitarian aid.

Letter To The Editor: The BCCI Scandal Is Not Pakistan’s

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 19:36
The Embassy of Pakistan's press attaché responds to Michael Kugelman's piece on the BCCI scandal.

UN honours fallen peacekeepers; looks to past, present and future of ‘invaluable’ operations

UN News Centre - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 19:30
On the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the “invaluable contribution” of peacekeeping to the history of the Organization and reaffirmed his commitment to improving the effectiveness of ‘blue helmets’ in the coming years.

The High Cost of Defeating the Islamic State

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 19:16
U.N.: A military defeat of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq could scatter extremists around the globe.

Wanted: Reliable Sunnis to Fight the Islamic State

Foreign Policy - Fri, 29/05/2015 - 18:49
The jihadists are on the march in Iraq -- and that's not going to change unless Baghdad gets serious about building a Sunni force to win this war.