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Jun 2, 2015

Palestinian NGO denies Hamas ties, threatens Israel with lawsuit

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The British-based Palestinian Return Center on Tuesday threatened Israel’s U.N. mission with legal action after the Jewish state accused it of having ties to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, an allegation the group said was false.

The Israeli accusations came after a United Nations committee that oversees non-governmental organizations voted to approve U.N accreditation for the PRC, which Israel’s mission said was not only linked to Hamas but promoted “anti-Israel propaganda in Europe.”

Jun 1, 2015

Israel says U.N. grants Hamas-linked group NGO status

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israel on Monday accused a U.N. committee that oversees non-governmental organizations of granting U.N accreditation to an association that it said promotes “anti-Israel propaganda in Europe” and is linked to the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

Israel’s mission to the United Nations issued a statement

condemning the decision, by the 19-member U.N. Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, to approve the application of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), an organization based in Britain.

May 31, 2015

Exclusive: Six powers agree way to restore U.N. sanctions in push for Iran deal – sources

NEW YORK/PARIS/ANKARA (Reuters) – Six world powers have agreed on a way to restore U.N. sanctions on Iran if the country breaks the terms of a future nuclear deal, clearing a major obstacle to an accord ahead of a June 30 deadline, Western officials told Reuters.

The new understanding on a U.N. sanctions “snapback” among the six powers – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – brings them closer to a possible deal with Iran, though other hurdles remain, including ensuring United Nations access to Iranian military sites.

May 31, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Six powers agree way to restore U.N. sanctions in push for Iran deal – sources

NEW YORK/PARIS/ANKARA (Reuters) – Six world powers have agreed on a way to restore U.N. sanctions on Iran if the country breaks the terms of a future nuclear deal, clearing a major obstacle to an accord ahead of a June 30 deadline, Western officials told Reuters.

    The new understanding on a U.N. sanctions “snapback” among the six powers – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – brings them closer to a possible deal with Iran, though other hurdles remain, including ensuring United Nations access to Iranian military sites.

May 31, 2015

Six powers agree way to restore U.N. sanctions in push for Iran deal-sources

NEW YORK/PARIS/ANKARA, May 31 (Reuters) – Six world powers
have agreed on a way to restore U.N. sanctions on Iran if the
country breaks the terms of a future nuclear deal, clearing a
major obstacle to an accord ahead of a June 30 deadline, Western
officials told Reuters.

The new understanding on a U.N. sanctions “snapback” among
the six powers – the United States, Britain, France, Germany,
Russia and China – brings them closer to a possible deal with
Iran, though other hurdles remain, including ensuring United
Nations access to Iranian military sites.

May 30, 2015

Probes of child abuse in Central African Republic should intensify: U.N. rights chief

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights chief on Saturday urged several countries to intensify their investigations of alleged sexual abuse of young children in the Central African Republic by French and African soldiers posted in the conflict-torn nation.

A 6-page internal U.N. report obtained by Reuters 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 29, 2015

At U.N., states urged to do more to stop flow of foreign fighters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Interior ministers from members of the United Nations Security Council on Friday voiced concern that some countries were not doing enough to prevent their citizens from traveling abroad and joining militant groups like Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

In a move sparked by Islamic State’s military conquests, the 15-nation Security Council adopted a resolution last September at a meeting chaired by U.S. President Barack Obama demanding that all states “prevent and suppress” the recruitment and travel of militant fighters to foreign conflicts.

May 28, 2015

Lithuania minister urges pressure on Russia to stop arms at Ukraine border

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Lithuania’s foreign minister confirmed on Thursday reports that Russia has been massing troops and weaponry near the border of Ukraine and urged pressure on Moscow until it stops supporting Ukrainian rebels.

Reuters reported this week that Russia’s army was massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine.

May 28, 2015

U.N. eyes keeping Israel off armed violations list – sources

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is leaning toward not including Israel on an annual list of states responsible for violating children’s rights in armed conflicts, despite proposals to include it, U.N. diplomatic sources said.

Israel’s foreign ministry has denied pressuring Ban, but several diplomatic sources familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity that the Israelis were lobbying his office hard to ensure they were not on the list.

May 28, 2015

Outgoing U.N. aid chief paints harrowing portrait of Syria war

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations’ outgoing humanitarian chief on Thursday painted a harrowing portrait of savagery in Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year, and urged the Security Council to take collective action to put an end to the carnage.

The Syrian war has killed more than 220,000 people. Of the country’s roughly 23 million people, some 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian aid, including 5 million children.

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