The decision by the United Nations Security Council to establish a Special Tribunal to try suspects in the assassination of Rafiq Hariri and others under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter has dramatically raised tensions in Lebanon. Security Council Resolution 1757 was adopted on May 30, after Lebanese parliament Speaker Nabih Berri failed to convene the parliament to vote on the tribunal issue. Both Syria and the pro-Syrian opposition opposed the setting up of the tribunal under Chapter VII, claiming it constituted interference in Lebanese internal affairs, and warned that pushing ahead with the decision would bring ‘chaos’ to Lebanon. This fear was echoed by the five members of the Security Council who abstained from the vote, including Russia, China and Qatar.
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of Brazilian protesters
learned about a massive rally via Facebook or Twitter.
million cases pending
in India’s judicial system.
1 in 3
now needs urgent assistance.
contested India’s last national elections.
of Egypt's labor force
works in the private sector.
Carnegie began an internship program. Notable alumni include Samantha Power.
of oil consumed in the United States
is for the transportation sector.
of Chechnya’s pre-1994 population
has fled to different parts of the world.
of oil consumed in China
was from foreign sources in 2012.
of Syria’s population
is expected to be displaced by the end of 2013.
million people killed
in Cold War conflicts.
of the U.S. economy
is consumed by healthcare.
billion in goods and services
traded between the United States and China in 2012.
billion in foreign investment and oil revenue
have been lost by Iran because of its nuclear program.
increase in China’s GDP per capita
between 1972 and today.
billion have been spent
to complete the Bushehr nuclear reactor in Iran.
of Iran’s electricity needs
is all the Bushehr nuclear reactor provides.
are set to be built in China by 2015.
were imprisoned in Turkey as of August 2012 according to the OSCE.
of the world's population
will reside in cities by 2050.
million Russian citizens
are considered “ethnic Muslims.”
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