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US Space Force Logo Draws Comparisons to ‘Star Trek’
AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020

25 Jan 2020 – Trump unveiled the logo of Space Force yesterday. It drew immediate mockery among social media users. The logo bears an uncanny resemblance to the insignia of Starfleet — the peacekeeping and exploration force of the United Federation of Planets alliance, which is headquartered on Earth whose adversaries include Klingons and Romulans.

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NATO Is Suffering ‘Brain Death’, Argues French President Macron
AFP | France 24 – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

7 Nov 2019 – French President Emmanuel Macron said he believed NATO was undergoing “brain death”, lamenting a lack of coordination between Europe and the United States and unilateral action in Syria by key member Turkey, in an interview published today.

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Rohingya Refugees Agree Move to Bangladesh Island: Official
Yahoo! News | AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2019

20 Oct 2019 – Thousands of Rohingya living in Bangladesh refugee camps have agreed to move to an island in the Bay of Bengal, officials said today, despite fears the site is prone to flooding. Dhaka has long wanted to move 100,000 refugees to the muddy silt islet, saying it would take pressure off the overcrowded border camps where almost a million Rohingya live.

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No ‘Made In Israel’ Label for Settlement Wines: Canada Court
AFP | Yahoo! News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

29 Jul 2019 – A Canadian court today ruled that it was “false, misleading and deceptive” to label wines made in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as a “Product of Israel.”

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Britain Bans Puppy and Kitten Sales by Pet Shops
France24 | AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2018

25 Dec 2018 – Britain is forbidding puppies and kittens from being sold by pet shops in a bid to crack down on animal exploitation and abuse.

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UN Security Council to Hear on Oct. 24 from UN Fact-Finding Mission on Rohingya
Coconuts Yangon | AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Oct 2018

19 Oct 2018 – The UN Security Council is scheduled to hear a briefing next week from the head of a UN fact-finding mission that has accused Myanmar’s military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingya, diplomats said yesterday. Nine countries including the United States, Britain and France requested the briefing that is likely to be opposed by China, which has friendly ties with Myanmar’s military.

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10 Tons of Mail That Had Been Blocked by Israel for Up To 8 Years Arrives in Palestinian Territories
VOA News | AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Aug 2018

14 Aug 2018 – Palestinian postal service employees are working overtime, Palestinian officials said today. The parcels, dating from between 2010 and this year, had been prevented by Israel from entering the West Bank via Jordan but were released in a one-time deal, the officials said. The goods range from simple letters to medicine and even wheelchairs for the disabled.

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UN Envoy to Myanmar: Perpetrators of Rohingya Attacks Must Be Held Accountable
AFP – The Daily Mail, 25 Jun 2018

21 Jun 2018 – The new UN envoy for Myanmar told authorities in Naypyidaw during her first visit that credible measures were needed to establish accountability for the violence that engulfed Rakhine state and drove 700,000 Rohingya from their homes, a UN statement said today.

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(Français) Qu’est-ce que l’Ican, le lauréat du prix Nobel de la paix ?
François d’Alançon | AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

Cette coalition mondiale de plusieurs centaines d’ONG s’est mobilisée pour le traité d’interdiction de l’arme atomique, adopté par 122 pays le 7 juillet 2017 à l’ONU.

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Portrait of Myanmar’s ‘Buddhist Bin Laden’ Chills Cannes
Fiachra Gibbons | AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 May 2017

“The Venerable W”, his chilling portrait of the monk who has been accused of preaching hate and inciting attacks on Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, has been hailed by critics at the Cannes film festival as a “stirring documentary about ethnic cleansing in action”. What dismays Schroeder is that Wirathu, whom Time magazine dubbed “The face of Buddhist terror” in a 2013 cover, is utterly unfazed by the chaos and suffering he has unleashed.

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Israel Closes Palestinian Map Bureau, Arrests Head
AFP – Yahoo! News, 20 Mar 2017

Israeli police on Tuesday [14 Mar 2017] closed a Palestinian research centre in Jerusalem and briefly arrested its director, a prominent cartographer, accusing him of working for the Palestinian security services. The office of cartography in occupied east Jerusalem was shut down for six months, a police statement said.

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Interpol Opens New Front in War against Wildlife Crimes
AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jan 2017

International police body Interpol announced a new project Friday [20 Jan 2017] that will identify and dismantle organized crime networks between Africa and Asia that have devastated wildlife and made ivory a sought-after luxury.

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Sea Shepherd Warns Japan against Resuming Whaling
AFP – Yahoo! News, 30 Nov 2015

Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd warned Japan on Sunday [29 Nov 2015] against resuming “research” whaling in the Antarctic. After a decade of harassment by Sea Shepherd, Japan was forced to abandon its 2014-15 hunt after the International Court of Justice said it was a commercial activity masquerading as research.

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Israel Blocks Visit of UN Human Rights Envoy
AFP, Yahoo! News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2015

Israel has blocked a visit to the Palestinian territories by a UN rights envoy, an official said Monday [15 Jun 2015], just ahead of the publication of a United Nations report on last year’s Gaza war.

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(Français) France: L’Assemblée vote l’interdiction de produits phytosanitaires réputés toxiques pour les abeilles
Francetv info avec AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2015

Cette interdiction votée en première lecture porte sur la famille des néonicotinoïdes. Le gouvernement n’y est pas favorable.

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US Could Topple My Government, Kill Me: Argentina’s Kirchner
Daniel Merolla, AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Oct 2014

2 Oct 2014 – Just hours after the US embassy warned its citizens to take extra safety precautions in Argentina, an aggravated Kirchner said, “When you see what has been coming out of diplomatic offices, they had better not come in here and try to sell some tall tale about ISIS trying to track me down so they can kill me.”

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Israel Furious as UN Unveils Gaza Probe Team
AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Aug 2014

Israel lashed out on Tuesday [12 Aug 2014] after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive. “This commission’s anti-Israeli conclusions have already been written, all it needs is a signature,” railed foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

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Khmer Rouge Verdicts Bring History Alive for Cambodian Students
Preeti Jha, AFP News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Aug 2014

On Thursday [7 Aug 2014], Cambodia’s UN-backed court found “Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea, 88, and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 83, guilty of crimes against humanity, sentencing them to life in prison.

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Kenya Legalizes Polygamy without Wife’s Consent
Peter Martell, AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Mar 2014

Kenya’s parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female lawmakers who stormed out, reports said Friday [21 Mar 2014].

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UN Slams Israel Destruction of Jordan Valley Homes
AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2014

The moves came as fresh opinion poll evidence showed that faith in the Middle East peace process has largely evaporated among both Israelis and Palestinians. The demolitions in the Jordan Valley on Thursday [30 Jan 2014] displaced 66 people, including 36 children.

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(Português) Snowden Aceitaria Asilo no Brasil, mas Não em Troca de Informação
AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2013

Edward Snowden negou condicionar a entrega de dados à concessão de refúgio: “Nunca vou trocar informações por asilo, e não acredito que o governo brasileiro faria isso”. O programa da Rede Globo, “Fantástico”, disse ter entrevistado o ex-analista por e-mail através de seu advogado em Nova York, para evitar interceptações.

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‘De-Americanised’ World Needed after US Shutdown: China Media
AFP – The Times of India, 14 Oct 2013

“As US politicians of both political parties (fail to find a) viable deal to bring normality to the body politic they brag about, it is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanised world,” the state news agency Xinhua said Sunday [13 Oct 2013]. “Such alarming days when the destinies of others are in the hands of a hypocritical nation have to be terminated.”

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Syria Activists Protest Rebel Siege of Aleppo Districts
AFP – Al Arabiya, 15 Jul 2013

Syrian activists in Aleppo have staged protests calling for the lifting of a rebel siege of regime-held districts that has created food shortages, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday [10 Jul 2013], adding that a demonstrator was shot dead during the protest.

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800 Tunisian Islamists Fighting in Syria, Minister Says
AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2013

Tunisian Foreign Minister Othmane Jarandi told AFP on Saturday [11 May 2013] that some 800 Tunisians are fighting in Islamist rebel ranks in Syria and said the country would work to repatriate its citizens taken prisoner there.

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Anonymous Downs Hundreds of Israeli Sites over Gaza
Sapa-AFP, The Citizen – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2012

Online activist group Anonymous said on Saturday [17 Nov 2012] that their operation “OpIsrael” had either damaged or completely erased the sites of more than 650 private and public institutions that included the Bank of Jerusalem — one of the country’s main finance houses. “Bank of Jerusalem database has been deleted,” the group said in a tweet next to a link to the lender’s non-functioning website.

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Freedom Flotilla Sets Off To Gaza
AFP, Gulf News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Oct 2012

A Swedish ship with rights activists from several countries aboard has sailed from Naples in the latest bid to break Israel’s blockade against Gaza. A crowd of well-wishers saw off the sailing vessel Estelle on Saturday [6 Oct 2012] as it left the Italian port as part of the “Freedom Flotilla” movement. The Estelle is carrying humanitarian aid and expected to reach Gaza in two weeks.

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Bhutan Aims To Be First 100% Organic Nation
Agence France Presse (AFP) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2012

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, famed for seeking “happiness” for its citizens, is aiming to become the first nation in the world to turn its home-grown food and farmers 100 percent organic. The tiny Buddhist-majority nation wedged between China and India has an unusual and some say enviable approach to economic development, centred on protecting the environment and focusing on mental well-being.

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Citigroup to Pay $590 Million to Settle Investor Suit
AFP, The Raw Story – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2012

Citigroup said Wednesday [29 Aug 2012] it had agreed to pay $590 million to settle a suit by investors who accused the bank of misleading them on its subprime mortgage-based security losses in 2007-2008.

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Celebrated Spanish Judge Garzon to Head Assange Legal Team
Agence France Press-AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jul 2012

Famous Spanish human rights investigator Baltasar Garzon will lead the legal team representing WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, the whistleblower website announced on Tuesday [24 Jul 2012]. Garzon, best known for issuing an international arrest warrant against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, recently met with Assange at the Ecuadoran embassy to discuss a new legal strategy, according to a statement approved by both men.

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France Bans Strain of Monsanto GM Maize
Agence France Press-AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2012

French Agricultural Minister Bruno Le Maire imposed Friday [16 Mar 2012] a temporary ban on a genetically modified strain of maize made by US company Monsanto “to protect the environment”. The French agriculture ministry said in a statement that the Monsanto maize strain MON 810 had been banned as a “precautionary measure”.

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Chevron Execs Barred From Leaving Brazil
Agence France Press-AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Mar 2012

A judge barred 17 Chevron executives from around the world from leaving Brazil in an oil spill investigation as prosecutors readied new charges over a second spill involving the US energy giant, local media reported Saturday [17 Mar 2012].

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UN Official Slams WikiLeaks Suspect Manning’s Treatment
Agence France Press-AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Mar 2012

US authorities’ treatment of WikiLeaks suspect Private Bradley Manning was “cruel and degrading,” the UN special rapporteur on torture Juan Ernesto Mendez said Monday [5 Mar 2012]. “I believe Bradley Manning was subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in the excessive and prolonged isolation he was put in during the eight months he was in Quantico,” he told AFP, referring to the US military prison near Washington.

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Rogue US Army Unit Leader Saw Afghans as ‘Savages’
Ellis Conklin, AFP – Signs of the Times, 7 Nov 2011

The ringleader of a rogue US army unit accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport treated the locals like “savages,” a court martial heard. Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs also allegedly brandished fingers cut off dead bodies in a failed attempt to silence members of his team. The 26-year-old faces life in prison if convicted on charges including three counts of premeditated murder, in a scandal that has threatened Abu Ghraib-style embarrassment for the US military.

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US ConocoPhillips’ China Oil Spill Six Times Size of Singapore
Agence France-Presse (AFP) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2011

A huge oil spill off the Chinese coast has now contaminated an area around six times the size of Singapore, state media reported Friday [15 Jul 2011], as the government said it may seek compensation for the leak. The spill from the oil field, which the United States’ ConocoPhillips operates with China’s state-run oil giant CNOOC, has polluted a total area of almost 4,250 square kilometres (1,650 square miles), government figures showed.

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Portugal Drug Law Show Results Ten Years On, Experts Say
Agence France Press-AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2011

Health experts in Portugal said Friday [2 Jul 2011] that Portugal’s decision 10 years ago to decriminalise drug use and treat addicts rather than punishing them is an experiment that has worked. “There is no doubt that the phenomenon of addiction is in decline in Portugal,” said Joao Goulao, President of the Institute of Drugs and Drugs Addiction, a press conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the law.

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Asian Export Giants Pledge Support for the Eurozone
John Blau (Reuters, AFP) - Deutsche Welle, 17 Jan 2011

Japan has pledged to buy bonds from a eurozone rescue package to support Europe’s struggle with a seething debt crisis. The country follows China, which earlier this month renewed its commitment to buy Spanish debt.

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Israel: It’s Against Our Interest to Join Anti-Nuclear Arms Treaty
AFP-Agence France Press – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Sep 2010

Israel Rejects Offer to Join UN Atomic Agency

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Vanunu upon Release from Jail: Let Me Leave This Country
Raanan Ben-Zur, AFP – YNetNews, 16 Aug 2010

Israeli nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu was freed from jail on Sunday [8 Aug 2010] after serving 11 weeks behind bars for breaking the terms of his release and meeting a foreigner, a prison official said…. He said it was time Israeli authorities allow him to leave the country, and accused the media of not fighting for his human rights and freedom.

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Iceland Safe Haven for Press Freedom: Wikileaks Insider
AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jun 2010

Iceland is becoming an offshore safe haven for information, an insider with whistleblower website WikiLeaks said Friday [18 Jun 2010]. Iceland’s parliament, the Altingi, voted Tuesday to task government with finding ways to increase information freedom and to provide stronger protections for media sources and whistleblowers to make Iceland a leader in freedom of expression.

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Fayyad Vows to Step up ‘Peaceful Resistance’ Against Israeli Occupation
AFP – The Daily Star, 26 Apr 2010

Palestinian Premier Salam Fayyad vowed on Wednesday [21 April 2010] to step up “peaceful resistance” against Israeli occupation by boycotting settlement goods throughout the West Bank. “There has been progress in the boycott of settlement products, which comes from the idea of popular peaceful resistance, and I hope we will rid our markets of all settlement goods by the end of the year,” he told an international conference in the West Bank village of Bilin.

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SCIENTISTS STUMPED AS BEE POPULATION DECLINES FURTHER
AFP – The Independent, 5 Apr 2010

The decline in the US bee population, first observed in 2006, is continuing, a phenomenon that still baffles researchers and beekeepers. Data from the US Department of Agriculture show a 29 percent drop in beehives in 2009, following a 36 percent decline in 2008 and a 32 percent fall in 2007. This affects not only […]

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WORLD HAS BETRAYED GAZA CIVILIANS: RIGHTS GROUPS
AFP – France24, 23 Dec 2009

The world has "betrayed" civilians in the Gaza Strip by failing to end a blockade of the Hamas-run enclave, 16 rights groups, including Amnesty International and Oxfam, said Tuesday [Dec 23 2009]."The international community has betrayed the people of Gaza by failing to back their words with effective action to secure the ending of the […]

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NYT: [FRENCH FM] KOUCHNER SAYS KARZAI IS ‘CORRUPT’ BUT ‘OUR GUY’
AFP, 5 Nov 2009

President Hamid Karzai is "corrupt" but NATO has to accept that "he is our guy" in Afghanistan, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said, according to the New York Times on Thursday [Nov 5 2009].Kouchner also complained that President Barack Obama’s U.S. administration was drawing up a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan without consulting […]

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ISRAEL PLANS TO DOUBLE WEST BANK SETTLERS – STUDY
Agence France Presse (AFP), 3 Mar 2009

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel’s Housing Ministry has plans for West Bank construction that would nearly double the number of settlers there, the group Peace Now said Monday [Mar 2]. The presence of the so-called Israeli "settlers" in the Occupied Territories is illegal under international law. The group gave the estimate in research issued on the day […]

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UN RIGHTS CHIEF IMPLORES ISRAEL TO LIFT ILLEGAL SIEGE OF GAZA STRIP
Agence France Presse-AFP, with The Daily Star, 19 Nov 2008

GAZA CITY: The top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday called on Israel to immediately lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip, as invading tanks from the Jewish state sparked retaliatory rocket fire from the coastal territory. "By function of this blockade, 1.5 million Palestinian men, women and children have been forcibly deprived of […]

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MEDITERRANEAN UNION TO BE BASED IN BARCELONA
Agence France Presse (AFP), 8 Nov 2008

Foreign ministers from the new Mediterranean Union struck a deal Tuesday for Barcelona to host the forum’s headquarters and for Israel and the Arab League to take part side-by-side. The Union’s 43 member states held two days of talks in the port of Marseille to end a four-month deadlock on the two contentious issues, which […]

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MASSIVE UN VOTE IN SUPPORT OF LIFTING US EMBARGO ON CUBA
AFP, 30 Oct 2008

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly for the 17th year in a row in favor of lifting the 46-year-old US trade embargo on communist-ruled Cuba, as Havana hoped for better ties with a new US administration. Some 185 of the assembly’s 192 members approved a resolution, which reiterated a "call upon all states […]

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