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UN resolution on Syria fails after double veto

A U.N. resolution threatening sanctions on Syria failed to pass after two vetoes from China and Russia. While European countries and the U.S. express outrage, Turkey plans to press on with sanctions.

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As Palestinians press their plan for a U.N. vote on statehood, stakes grow even higher

Even the secretary-general of the Arab League has urged caution. But with Israelis building settlements and militants firing rockets, the two sides are careening toward a crisis.

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  Famine in Somalia: ‘This is a race against time to save lives’

This week, the U.N. declared a state of famine in parts of Somalia. Need to Know speaks with Adrian Edwards of the U.N.’s Refugee Agency about the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the region.

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Libya updates: Key Gadhafi aide defects; rebels dismiss concerns of extremism

Moussa Koussa, the Libyan foreign minister, abandoned the regime and fled to Britain Thursday. The rebels, meanwhile, issued a statement pledging to combat terrorism.

Reader responses: U.S. involvement in Libya

What’s your reaction to the U.S.’s involvement in Libya? Share your thoughts.

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And now, a war against Libya?

The U.N. Security Council effectively declared war on Gadhafi, but without a plan for carrying it out. Joshua Foust asks: Is this a war the U.S. can — or should — fight?

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Julian Schnabel’s ‘Miral’ spurs controversy at the UN

Over the objections of Israelis, the director’s new Palestinian-centric film premiered at the General Assembly Monday.

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An American citizen is killed ‘fighting for freedom’ in Libya

Mohannad Bensadik, a 21-year-old born in North Carolina, stayed in Libya to fight Gadhafi’s forces. “Mohannad liked freedom,” his mother recalled.

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The Kingdom of Zarahemla, and other ‘micronations’

Filmmaker Jody Shapiro told Mother Jones that “everybody’s sort of got their reasons” for founding their own unrecognized countries, called “micronations.”

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