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Mar 11, 2015

Question marks hang over flawed Darfur peacekeeping force

ZAM ZAM CAMP, SUDAN/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – One of the world’s largest peacekeeping forces is being cut back and revamped as it has been failing to protect civilians in Darfur, the vast Sudanese region where gunmen roam in Land Cruisers and on horseback.

While diplomats and U.N. officials feel a smaller version of the joint United Nations-African Union force could be more effective, question marks over its future terrify some of the millions of people caught up in nearly 12 years of bloodshed.

Mar 7, 2015

Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Syria’s envoy to the United Nations says it’s time for the United States and other Western powers to accept that President Bashar al-Assad is here to stay, and to abandon what he suggested was a failed strategy of trying to split the Middle East into sectarian enclaves.

   Speaking to Reuters on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Syrian war, Assad’s long-serving U.N. ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said his president was ready to work with the United States and others to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

Mar 5, 2015

Iran hints might be open to 10-year partial freeze of nuclear work

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10-year moratorium on some aspects of the country’s nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail.

U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached between Tehran and six world powers.

Mar 3, 2015

U.N. Security Council sets up South Sudan sanctions regime

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday established a sanctions regime for South Sudan but stopped short of imposing worldwide travel bans and asset freezes on officials in the conflict-torn country or an arms embargo.

The unanimously adopted resolution, drafted by the United States, threatens to blacklist anyone undermining security or interfering with the peace process after Thursday and April 1 deadlines set by the regional East African IGAD bloc.

Feb 28, 2015

U.N. condemns Islamic State’s ‘barbaric terrorist acts’ in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned what it described as the latest “barbaric terrorist acts” in Iraq by Islamic State militants, including the destruction of priceless religious and cultural artifacts.

A video published by the ultra-radical Islamist militant group Islamic State on Thursday showed men attacking ancient Assyrian statues and sculptures, some of them identified as antiquities from the 7th century BC, with sledgehammers and drills, saying they were symbols of idolatry.

Feb 27, 2015

Libya needs international maritime force to help stop illicit oil, weapons: U.N. experts

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Libyan authorities are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, and they need an international maritime force to help, United Nations sanctions monitors said in a new report.

The confidential report by the U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Libya, first seen by Reuters on Thursday, will likely increase pressure on major world powers to consider intervention to stop the North African state from spinning further out of control.

Feb 26, 2015

North Korea shipping firm skirts sanctions by renaming ships: U.N. panel

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N. experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea, which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 26, 2015

N.Korea shipping firm skirts sanctions by renaming ships -UN panel

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North
Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid
to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in
violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N.
experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea,
which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also
said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy
Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and
ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 25, 2015

Exclusive: Sanctioned North Korea shipping firm still active, renamed ships – U.N. panel

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping firm has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N. experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea, which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 25, 2015

Sanctioned N.Korea shipping firm still active, renamed ships -UN panel

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North
Korean shipping firm has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to
disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in
violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N.
experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea,
which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also
said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy
Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and
ballistic missile programs.”

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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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