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UN renews Syria war crimes probe

The UN's leading human rights body has renewed its war crimes investigation in Syria for another year as diplomatic efforts to revive negotiations between the government and opposition are deadlocked.

By a vote of 32-4, with 11 abstentions, the 47-nation Human Rights Council adopted the resolution that again condemns the horrific violence in Syria's three-year civil war. Russia, China, Venezuela and Cuba voted against it.

UK ambassador Karen Pierce told diplomats in Geneva that the resolution represents "a measured response to the worst human rights situation that this council has ever faced".

Syrian UN envoy Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui described the resolution as biased against his government.

Syria's war has killed more than 140,000 people, forced millions to flee their homes and their country and triggered a regional humanitarian crisis.

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