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Oct 2, 2015

Syria doubts value of talks, air strikes useless without Damascus

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem on Friday questioned the value of political negotiations and said air strikes against militants in his country are useless if they are not coordinated with his government.

“Terrorism cannot be fought only from the air, and all of the previous operations to combat it have only served its spread and outbreak,” Moualem told the United Nations General Assembly.

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.”

Oct 1, 2015
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Tension over Al-Aqsa mosque could lead to religious war, Abbas tells U.N


(Israeli police officers take positions on the roof of al-Aqsa mosque during clashes with Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Old City September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

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

Sep 30, 2015

Dozens of nations back French appeal to limit use of U.N. veto

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Dozens of nations signed on to a French proposal on Wednesday that the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council refrain from exercising their veto in cases of mass atrocities and genocide.

Some 75 countries in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia backed the proposal, and French officials say they expect more nations to join. There are 193 U.N. member nations.

Sep 30, 2015

U.S. tells UN wants to see boost in shipping into war-torn Yemen

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The United States has
told the United Nations that it wants commercial shipping to
conflict-torn Yemen to increase and cautioned that vessels
should only be inspected when there are “reasonable grounds” to
suspect illicit arms shipments.

The remarks from U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power in a letter
to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, seen by Reuters on
Wednesday, appeared to be an indirect dig at Saudi Arabia, whose
coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen has been
running naval inspections that have caused shipping to Yemen to
grind to a halt.

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

Japan boosts support for war refugees from Syria, Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Japan’s prime minister
said on Tuesday that his country would provide some $1.6 billion
to assist Syrians and Iraqis displaced by conflict and for
building peace across the Middle East and Africa.

Shinzo Abe told the United Nations General Assembly that
Japan would boost its assistance for refugees and internally
displaced people from Syria and Iraq this year to about $810
million, three times the amount provided last year.

Sep 29, 2015

Ukraine leader mocks Russia’s call for anti-terrorism coalition

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday derided Russia’s call for the creation of an international antiterrorism coalition, saying the Russians inspire terrorism on their own doorstep and back bellicose puppet governments.

Russian President Putin on Monday called for the creation of a broad international coalition to fight Islamic State and other militant extremist groups.

Sep 28, 2015

Rouhani says Iran ready to help bring democracy to Syria, Yemen

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran was ready to help bring democracy to war-torn Syria and Yemen, and blamed the spread of terrorism in the Middle East on the United States.

In a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, Rouhani said Iran was prepared to assist in “the eradication of terrorism and in paving the way for democracy”.

Sep 26, 2015

U.N. says world waited too long to act on refugee crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations high commissioner for refugees said on Saturday the world waited far too long to respond to the refugee crisis sparked by the wars in Syria and elsewhere, though rich countries now appear to understand the scale of the problem.

“Unfortunately only when the poor enter the halls of the rich, do the rich notice that the poor exist,” U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly.

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      "I am Reuters' United Nations bureau chief based in New York. My previous postings were in Berlin, Vienna, Hong Kong and Prague. I have reported from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the United States."
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