New U.N. rights boss urges world to protect women in Iraq, Syria

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By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The new U.N. human rights chief called on Monday for the world to protect women and minorities targeted by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria which he said were "increasingly conjoined conflicts". Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, Jordan's former U.N. ambassador, in a hard-hitting maiden speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, said any country run by Islamic State "would be a harsh, mean-spirited, house of blood".