• Smolensk plane crash stumbling stone in Poland-Russia relations

    - avril 11, 2014

    The Tu-154 plane of the former Polish president Lech Kaczynski crashed near Smolensk in 2010, killing the Polish political elite. Although four years have already passed since the tragedy, Poland continues to search for the culprits.

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  • Libyan rebels, government agree to gradually reopen occupied oil ports

    - avril 7, 2014

    Libyan rebels occupying four eastern oil ports agreed with the government on Sunday to gradually end their eight-month petroleum blockade, which has cost the North African state billions in lost revenues.

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  • US Imposes Diplomatic Sanctions for Icelandic Whaling, Falls Short of Trade Sanctions

    - avril 7, 2014

    On March 31, President Obama announced that the United States will not impose targeted trade sanctions to address Iceland’s commercial whaling, although the President has revised and repackaged a series of diplomatic measures that US officials will be obligated to implement.
    In a message sent to Congress, the President acknowledged that Iceland’s actions jeopardize the survival of the fin whale, which is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as among the species most threatened with extinction. Iceland’s actions were also found to undermine multilateral efforts to ensure greater worldwide protection for whales.

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  • The Beginning of the End of the Drug War

    - avril 3, 2014

    Like a lot of wars, the war on drugs has long had problems of credibility and coherence. But of late, discontent with global drug policy seems to have reached an all-time, er, high.

    For the first time in history, a majority of Americans say they support making marijuana legal. Last year, Colorado, Washington and Uruguay went ahead and did it. More jurisdictions, inside and outside the U.S., are considering following their lead. Meanwhile, a rift is growing at the United Nations. Its International Narcotics Control Board accuses stoner states of violating drug treaties, while drug-producing states say prohibition abets paramilitary groups.

    Read more: Marijuana as an Inalienable Right | Fast forward | OZY

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  • ICJ: Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening)

    - mars 31, 2014

    Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening)
    The Court finds that Japan’s whaling programme in the Antarctic (JARPA II) is not in accordance with three provisions of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling

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  • Nuclear Security Summit, The Hague 2014

    2014 The Hague Nuclear Security Summit Ends / King Willem-Alexander refers in Speech to Hugo Grotius and the Hague Peace Conferences of 1899 and 1907

    - mars 25, 2014

    Just after 12.30h the participating world leaders of the 2014 The Hague Nuclear Security Summit appeared on stage for the tradtional group photo. A final declaration will be presented at 15.15h.
    2014 The Hague Nuclear Security Summit Ends / King Willem-Alexander refers in Speech to Hugo Grotius and the Hague Peace Conferences of 1899 and 1907

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  • Crimea Joins Russia: What International Law Suggests

    - mars 20, 2014

    “There is a strong belief that Russia’s action is violating international law. I know President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations, but I don’t think that’s fooling anybody.” – President Barack Obama, March 4

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  • Bin Laden son-in-law faces trial in U.S. on terror charges

    - février 28, 2014

    Suleiman Abu Ghaith, one of Osama bin Laden’s sons-in-law and a former spokesman for al Qaeda, heads to trial next week in New York on terror-related charges in a case that could feature testimony from several al Qaeda figures.

    Prosecutors have accused Abu Ghaith of conspiring to kill Americans immediately after the deadly September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Centre, just blocks away from the federal courthouse where his trial will take place.

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  • Uganda defies CITES and returns ivory to smuggler

    - février 28, 2014

    In a shock decision that has sent alarm bells ringing across the globe, a high court judge in Uganda has ordered the return of 2.9 tonnes of impounded ivory to the ivory trafficking suspects.

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  • Morocco raises stakes in diplomatic spat with ally France

    - février 28, 2014

    Morocco has halted judicial cooperation with France, blocking procedures from prisoner transfers to joint investigations, officials said on Thursday, in a growing dispute with its former colonial ruler over allegations of human rights abuses.

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