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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.

Sep 22, 2015

Militants, migrants, pope and Putin to headline at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – World leaders will gather for their annual meeting at the United Nations starting Friday as Europe faces a flood of asylum seekers, many fleeing Syria’s civil war in the worst humanitarian crisis since the world body was created 70 years ago.

Islamic State will also top the agenda. U.S. President Barack Obama will host a counterterrorism meeting with over 100 countries invited that will address Islamic State, foreign terrorist fighters and violent extremism. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will chair a high-level U.N. Security Council meeting on counterterrorism.

Sep 18, 2015

Experts urge release of details of IAEA inspection at Iran site

UNITED NATIONS/PARIS (Reuters) – Several nuclear security experts are urging the United Nations nuclear watchdog and world powers to release details of how a sensitive Iranian military site will be inspected as part of a landmark nuclear deal reached in July.

The experts, with long experience in international weapons inspections, said the failure to disclose the details was damaging the credibility of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a view that is rejected by the agency itself, the United States government and another prominent non-proliferation expert.

Sep 16, 2015

U.N. weighs authorizing EU migrant mission in Libyan high seas

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Britain has circulated a draft resolution to members of the U.N. Security Council that would authorize naval operations aimed at seizing and disposing of vessels operated by human traffickers in the high seas off Libya, diplomats said on Wednesday.

The council received the draft on Tuesday, the diplomats said on condition of anonymity. They added that it could be put to a vote as early as next week, when the 15-nation council is expected to discuss the migration crisis.

Sep 11, 2015

Nations call for gender balance in choosing U.N. chief

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The 193 member states of the United Nations on Friday called for greater transparency and gender balance in the selection of the next U.N. secretary-general.

The unanimously approved resolution, which says members will receive the resumes of candidates for the top U.N. post and have a chance to question them, comes as many Western nations say it is time a woman took over at the helm of the United Nations.

Sep 11, 2015

Nuclear test ban treaty body head wants pact to enter into force

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The head of the body that oversees a treaty to ban nuclear testing worldwide said on Friday he hopes signatories will soon find a way to end a two-decade stalemate that has prevented the pact from entering into force.

More than 160 countries have ratified the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). But since 1996, India, Pakistan and North Korea have all conducted nuclear tests, and are among eight countries including the United States, China and Iran blocking its entry into force.

Sep 11, 2015

Exclusive: Iran to take Parchin military site samples with IAEA present Рdiplomats 

PARIS/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations inspectors will be present with Iranian technicians as they take samples from a key military site, two Western diplomats said, undercutting an objection by U.S. Republicans to the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

The diplomats were familiar with details of a confidential arrangement between Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog for inspections at the Parchin site, where some countries suspect nuclear weapons-related tests may have taken place.

Sep 11, 2015

Iran to take Parchin military site samples with IAEA present-diplomats

PARIS/UNITED NATIONS, Sept 11 (Reuters) – United Nations
inspectors will be present with Iranian technicians as they take
samples from a key military site, two Western diplomats said,
undercutting an objection by U.S. Republicans to the nuclear
deal between Iran and world powers.

The diplomats were familiar with details of a confidential
arrangement between Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog for
inspections at the Parchin site, where some countries suspect
nuclear weapons-related tests may have taken place.

Sep 10, 2015

U.N. General Assembly approves Palestinian request to fly its flag

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a Palestinian resolution that will allow Palestine to fly its flag at U.N. headquarters, a move that infuriated Israel but which the Palestinians described as a step toward U.N. membership.

There were 119 votes in favor out of 193 U.N. members.

The United States and Israel were among eight countries that voted against the Palestinian-drafted resolution, which says the flags of non-member observer states like Palestine “shall be raised at (U.N.) Headquarters and United Nations Offices following the flags of the member states.”

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