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Russia, China veto U.N. bid to refer Syria to International Criminal Court

Russia and China vetoed on Thursday a resolution to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity. This was the fourth time Russia - a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government - and China have blocked U.N. Security Council action on Syria. Its three-year civil war has killed more than 150,000 people. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said the victims of the conflict deserved a chance to seek justice. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAMANTHA POWER, UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR, SAYING: "My government applauds the vast majority of this council who voted to support and the some 64 countries that joined us in co-sponsoring this effort to refer these atrocities to the International Criminal Court. Sadly, because of the decision by the Russian Federation to back the Syrian regime no matter what it does, the Syrian people will not see justice today. They will see crime,

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