The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Countering Terrorism, Ben Emmerson, released an interim report on his study of drone strikes and targeted killings on October 17, 2013. The study, which began in January 2013 and will issue a final report in 2014, reports on the use of remotely piloted aircraft in counter-terrorism operations.
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After Congress passed a budget and raised the debt ceiling after a sixteen day government shutdown, President Obama spoke on three agenda items: passing a budget, reforming immigration, and subsidizing farms.
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On October 16, 2013, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, France, New Zealand, the United States and The Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Union released a joint statement on establishing marine protected areas in Southern Ocean, in the Ross Sea Region and in East Antarctica, for scientific research and ocean conservation.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with the five permanant members of the Security Council (United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France) and Germany to discuss nuclear proliferation in Iran, on October 15 and 16, 2013. Foreign Minister Zarif and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton released a joint statement on October 16.
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The Chair of ASEAN for 2013, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, spoke at the twenty-third summit on October 9, 2013, on the theme "Our People, Our Future Together."
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President Barack Obama spoke on the nomination of Dr. Janet Yellen as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on October 9, 2013.
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On October 3, 2013, U.S. and Japanese diplomatic and military leaders met in Tokyo to revise the 1997 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation.
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The U.S. Department of the Treasury released this report on October 3, 2013.
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UN Security Council President for October, Agshin Mehdiyev, gave this statement on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, on October 2, 2013.
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The World Economic Outlook (WEO) presents the IMF staff's analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups (classified by region, stage of development, etc.), and in many individual countries. It focuses on major economic policy issues as well as on the analysis of economic developments and prospects. It is usually prepared twice a year, as documentation for meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, and forms the main instrument of the IMF's global surveillance activities.
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The main activity of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is to publish regular reports on the state of knowledge about climate change.
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The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution regarding Syrian chemical weapons on September 27, 2013.
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On September 25, 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed resolution A/HRC/24/L.34, requesting a report to guide a panel discussion at the twenty-sixth session, on the challenges, achievements, best practices, and implementation gaps for preventing and eliminating child marriage.
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Department of the Treasury Assistant Secretary Marisa Lago delivered these remarks at the Seminar on the U.S. Regulatory and Institutional Environment for Chinese Foreign Direct Investment on September 25, 2013.
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President Barack Obama delivered this speech before the UN General Assembly on September 24, 2013.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered these remarks at the UN General Assembly on September 24, 2013.
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The United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic submitted an investigative report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, September 15, 2013. This "Report on the Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in the Ghouta Area of Damascus on 21 August 2013" concludes that "chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale, resulting in numerous casualties, particularly among civilians and including many children."
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Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov developed a joint strategy to remove Syria's chemical weapons arsenal by "the first half of 2014." The agreement was reached on September 14, 2013, during the third day of their meeting in Geneva.
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The UN Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns delivered this report to the sixty-eighth general assembly on September 13, 2013. The report is related to the UN's agenda for promotion and protection of human rights, and focuses on the use of lethal force through armed drones.
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