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Apartheid and the occupation of Palestine

This week, the Russell Tribunal on Palestine will consider the question of whether Israel’s practices in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) constitute the crime of apartheid within the meaning of the 1973 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid. This Convention, which has been incorporated into the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, is ...

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G20 partners warn Europe to fix debt crisis

Leaders of the world’s top economies urged Europe to put its house in order Thursday as a G20 summit supposed to be about boosting fragile global growth was hijacked by the eurozone debt crisis. US President Barack Obama, at the opening of the two-day Group of 20 summit, said the leaders’ top priority was to conquer the European crisis, which ...

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G20 summit: roll call of doom for a dysfunctional family

Cannes was meant to showcase Sarkozy’s statesmanship but on first day it seemed more akin to a gathering of head-scratchers France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, looks into the distance as Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, explains the size of the problem to Barack Obama. Photograph: WITT/SIPA/Rex Features The red carpet was drenched and sodden, the palm trees battered by a storm and ...

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Report: Global carbon dioxide output soaring

The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the US department of energy has calculated, in a sign of how weak the world’s efforts have been at slowing man-made global warming. The new figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four ...

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Jury to begin considering fate of Jackson doctor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After six weeks of listening, jurors in the involuntary manslaughter case of Michael Jackson’s doctor will get their first chance to talk about the case Friday. Their discussions behind closed doors in a downtown Los Angeles courthouse could lead to the conviction or acquittal of Dr. Conrad Murray, whom the panel has heard described alternately as ...

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G20 Leaders Look To Bolster Emergency Fund

Delegates at the G20 summit will turn their attention to bolstering the International Monetary Fund to enable it to tackle the eurozone debt crisis after Greece pulled back from holding a referendum on its bailout package. Prime Minister David Cameron has called on the rest of the leaders at the summit for major industrialised and deveoped nations to show the ...

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