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Oct 2, 2015

At U.N., Sudan accuses ICC of targeting African leaders

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour on Friday used the annual gathering of the 193 members of the United Nations to rail against the International Criminal Court (ICC), which he said has become a political tool to target African leaders.

The Hague-based ICC has accused Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of genocide and crimes against humanity in his campaign to crush a revolt in Sudan’s western Darfur region. The Darfur conflict began in 2003 when mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms against the Arab-led government in Khartoum.

Oct 1, 2015

Israel says won’t allow Iran to join ‘nuclear weapons club’

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations on Thursday that his country would not allow Iran “to break in, to sneak in, or to walk into the nuclear weapons club.”

Speaking at the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu reiterated Israeli criticism of a deal between Iran and major world powers aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program. He said that, once international sanctions are lifted, “unleashed and unmuzzled, Iran will go on the prowl.”

Sep 30, 2015

With peace prospects grim, Palestinians raise flag at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – With prospects for Middle East peace looking increasingly thin, Palestinian diplomats and officials cheered and applauded on Wednesday as their national flag flew for the first time at United Nations headquarters in New York.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas officiated at the ceremony minutes after delivering a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in which he accused Israel of sabotaging efforts by the United States to broker a peace deal. Israel objected to the remarks.

Sep 30, 2015

Israel undermines U.S. peace effort, Palestinian Abbas tells U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday accused Israel of sabotaging U.S. efforts to broker peace and said that Israeli security operations at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem could lead to a religious war.

In an address to the United Nations General Assembly ahead of a ceremony for the raising of the Palestinian flag at U.N. headquarters in New York, Abbas said that the Palestinian Authority no longer considered itself bound by the accords signed with Israel in the mid-1990s.

Sep 29, 2015

At U.N., Guyana blasts Venezuela over century-old border spat

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Guyana used the United Nations as a forum to blast Venezuela on Tuesday, accusing the neighboring oil powerhouse of “intimidation and aggression” related to a border dispute two days after the countries agreed to restore diplomatic ties.

In his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Guyana’s president David Granger accused his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, of cross-border bullying.

Sep 29, 2015

Obama, Castro meet as they work on thawing U.S.-Cuba ties

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the United Nations on Tuesday in a rare one-on-one meeting between the former Cold War foes as they work toward improving relations after decades of animosity.

Castro, in the first speech at the U.N. by a Cuban president since his older brother Fidel addressed the Millennium Summit in 2000, said on Monday the two countries can normalize ties only after Washington ends its trade embargo and returns the Guantanamo U.S. naval base to Cuban control.

Sep 28, 2015

At U.N., Castro says U.S. must end embargo to have normal Cuba ties

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Cuba and the United States can normalize ties only after Washington ends its trade embargo and returns the Guantanamo U.S. naval base to Cuban control, President Raul Castro told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

In the first speech at the U.N. by a Cuban president since his older brother Fidel addressed the Millennium Summit in 2000, Castro said his countrymen must be “compensated” for the decades-old U.S. embargo if relations between the former Cold War enemies are to continue to improve.

Sep 28, 2015

Rousseff says fiscal plan to pull Brazil out of recession

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff said on Monday her country can overcome its economic difficulties with fiscal austerity policies aimed at regaining investor confidence after a bruising credit rating downgrade.

Speaking at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Rousseff characterized her country’s economic problems as transitory rather than structural. She said she will not tolerate corruption, in reference to a bribery scandal involving her Workers’ Party and political allies.

Sep 28, 2015

Peru says to crack down on palm oil-related Amazon deforestation

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Peru will confront the deforestation of its Amazon region by issuing a decree next month putting palm oil plantations under federal rather than local authority, Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal said on Sunday.

With big areas of Peru already stripped of natural vegetation, largely due to farming, Pulgar-Vidal said it was important to strengthen regulations on palm oil. He expects the decree within two weeks. “It’s ready to go,” he said.

Sep 27, 2015

Honduras says U.N. rights office to monitor drugs crackdown

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations will open a human rights monitoring office in Honduras this year to guard against possible violations by security forces as they crack down on drug gangs, President Juan Hernandez said on Sunday.

The militarization of the Central American country has helped stem gang bloodshed Hernandez said, while disputing claims that his policy to “put a soldier on every corner” has resulted in a spike in rights violations.