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Nepal Supreme Court rejects amnesty for war crimes

KATHMANDU - Nepal's Supreme Court has rejected the possibility of amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights abuses during a decade-long civil war, in a victory for human rights activists and victims' groups.

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Russian energy minister says to attend Ukraine gas talks in Brussels

KRASNOYARSK, Russia - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday that he would take part in talks over gas supplies to Ukraine in Brussels on March 2.

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As address to U.S. Congress nears, Netanyahu treads a thinning line

JERUSALEM - When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation to address the U.S. Congress two weeks before an Israeli election, there appeared to be little downside. As the appointment draws near, the potential pitfalls are growing.

Israel 26 Feb 2015

Japan environment minister latest to deny illegal funding

TOKYO - Japan's environment minister denied wrongdoing on Friday after a newspaper said his office appeared to have received improper funds, the latest embarrassment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, three of whose ministers have quit over funding and election scandals since he took office in late 2012.

Japan 26 Feb 2015

Libya needs international maritime force to help stop illicit oil, weapons: U.N. experts

UNITED NATIONS - Libyan authorities are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, and they need an international maritime force to help, United Nations sanctions monitors said in a new report.

United Nations, Libya, Africa 26 Feb 2015

Missing Canadian teens believed headed to fight with Islamic State: reports

TORONTO - Canadian authorities believe four young men and two women who disappeared from Quebec in January have traveled to the Middle East to fight with Islamic State, media reported on Thursday.

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