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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.


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.


  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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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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