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United Nations

Russia vetoes proposal for UN to set up MH17 tribunal

ImageRussia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution which had aimed to set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing MH17. The passenger plane crashed in eastern Ukraine just over a year ago.

Afghanistan

Mullah Omar: An Islamist who fought against two world powers

ImageMullah Omar, the Taliban leader who fought a protracted war against both Soviet Union and NATO in Afghanistan, has died due to illness. With his death the militant group has lost its most charismatic and unifying figure.

United States

Ohio cop charged with murder after deadly traffic stop

ImageAn Ohio police officer who had shot a black man during a routine traffic stop faces homicide charges. The incident is the latest in a series of fatal police confrontations in the US involving minorities.

Data Protection

Privacy watchdog: Facebook should allow users' pseudonyms

A German privacy watchdog has ruled that social media giant Facebook should allow its users to use fake names. It's another privacy-related challenge for the company in Europe.

Syria

UN invites Syria to hold initial talks for political solution

The United Nations' envoy to Syria has invited the country's groups to hold discussions on political transition and fighting terrorism. The roadmap to peace until now envisages a government without President Assad.

Economy

Fed leaves door open for September rate hike

Following a two-day policy meeting, the Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rates unchanged at near zero percent. The central bank also said that the US economy and jobs market are continuing to strengthen.

Demographics

UN: World's population to rise to 11.2 billion by the end of the century

A United Nations report has projected the world's population to reach 11.2 billion by the end of the century. Africa alone will account for half of the population growth over the next 35 years.

Topics

30.7.1792: The sound of the "Marseillaise"

Birthdays

1818: Emily Jane Brontë

Days to remember

1419: First Prague defenestration