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May 13, 2015

Exclusive: Czechs stopped potential nuclear tech purchase by Iran: sources

UNITED NATIONS/PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech Republic blocked an attempted purchase by Iran this year of a large shipment of sensitive technology useable for nuclear enrichment after false documentation raised suspicions, U.N. experts and Western sources said.

The incident could add to Western concerns about whether Tehran can be trusted to adhere to a nuclear deal being negotiated with world powers under which it would curb sensitive nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief.

May 13, 2015

Czechs stopped potential nuclear technology purchase by Iran – sources

UNITED NATIONS/PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech Republic blocked an attempted purchase by Iran this year of a large shipment of sensitive technology useable for nuclear enrichment after false documentation raised suspicions, U.N. experts and Western sources said.

The incident could add to Western concerns about whether Tehran can be trusted to adhere to a nuclear deal being negotiated with world powers under which it would curb sensitive nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief.

May 13, 2015

Czechs stopped potential nuclear tech purchase by Iran -sources

UNITED NATIONS/PRAGUE, May 13 (Reuters) – The Czech Republic
blocked an attempted purchase by Iran this year of a large
shipment of sensitive technology useable for nuclear enrichment
after false documentation raised suspicions, U.N. experts and
Western sources said.

The incident could add to Western concerns about whether
Tehran can be trusted to adhere to a nuclear deal being
negotiated with world powers under which it would curb sensitive
nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief.

May 12, 2015

Middle East nuclear weapons ban proposal stumbles at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N. attempt to work out a ban on nuclear weapons in the Middle East was in jeopardy after Egypt complained on Monday about the lack of progress and demanded the resignation of the Finnish coordinator of the initiative.

Western officials said Arab proposals drafted by Egypt for a major nuclear non-proliferation conference at United Nations headquarters in New York could torpedo the process and push Israel to walk away.

May 8, 2015

U.S. urges probe of U.N. handling of Central Africa abuse charges

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States on Friday described as horrifying accusations of sexual abuse of children by French and African troops in Central African Republic, and called for a separate inquiry into how the United Nations handled the allegations.

An internal U.N. report detailed the alleged abuse by troops from France, Chad and Equatorial Guinea between December 2013 and June 2014 at a center for displaced people at M’Poko airport in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui.

May 8, 2015

U.S. threatens Burundi sanctions, alarmed at arms spread

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States threatened sanctions on Friday on anyone

involved in violence in Burundi against those protesting the president’s bid for a third term and expressed alarm at the spread of weapons among youth militia loyal to the president.

May 6, 2015

U.S. aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

United Nations sanctions and a future mechanism for Iran to buy atomic technology are two core sticking points in talks on a possible nuclear deal on which Tehran and world powers have been struggling to overcome deep divisions in recent days, diplomats said on condition of anonymity.

May 5, 2015

Iran, powers toil to overcome divisions in nuclear talks: envoys

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran and world powers are struggling to overcome deep divisions on two core sticking points in talks on a possible nuclear deal: reimposing U.N. sanctions if the Iranians violate the agreement and how Tehran can buy atomic technology, envoys said.

Negotiators were wrapping up nearly a week of talks in New York on Tuesday, the latest round in 18 months of discussions aimed at clinching a long-term deal by June 30 to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for an end to sanctions.

May 5, 2015

Video shows Rwandan peacekeepers shooting protesters in Mali – sources

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Secret footage shows a Rwandan policeman in the blue helmet of a United Nations peacekeeper in Mali earlier this year carefully take aim at a civilian protester, squeeze the trigger and shoot, according to sources who saw the video.

The videotape, taken by a Chinese U.N. peacekeeper who was also at the scene of the violent demonstration, was part of the evidence presented in a U.N. inquiry into the incident which resulted in the Rwandan contingent going home.

May 5, 2015

UN says apprehended Sudan intel officer after attack near Abyei

UNITED NATIONS, May 4 (Reuters) – U.N. peacekeepers in the
disputed region of Abyei along the border of Sudan and South
Sudan apprehended someone claiming to be a Sudanese intelligence
officer after a deadly attack last month, the U.N. chief said in
a new report.

The ownership of Abyei, which has rich pastureland and small
oil reserves, was left undecided when South Sudan declared
independence from Sudan in 2011. It remains one of the biggest
potential flashpoints between the two countries, who have also
argued over oil rights and other disputed territories.

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