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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.

Apr 30, 2015

Exclusive: Britain told U.N. monitors of active Iran nuclear procurement – panel

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Britain has informed a United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms, according to a confidential report by the panel seen by Reuters.

The existence of such a network could add to Western concerns over whether Tehran can be trusted to adhere to a nuclear deal due by June 30 in which it would agree to restrict sensitive nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief.

Apr 30, 2015

Britain told U.N. monitors of active Iran nuclear procurement-panel

UNITED NATIONS, April 30 (Reuters) – Britain has informed a
United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear
procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms, according
to a confidential report by the panel seen by Reuters.

The existence of such a network could add to Western
concerns over whether Tehran can be trusted to adhere to a
nuclear deal due by June 30 in which it would agree to restrict
sensitive nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief.

Apr 29, 2015

Iran suggests U.S. intelligence operative may have taken advantage of detained reporter

NEW YORK, April 29 (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister on
Wednesday suggested that an intelligence operative, possibly
linked to the U.S. government, may have taken advantage of
Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who has been charged
in Iran with espionage and other crimes.

“The fact is there are people who take advantage of the
needs of some people who try to get a visa to come to the United
States or for their wives to come to the United States and make
demands that are illegal and dangerous and damaging to the
professionalism of a journalist,” said Iran’s Mohammad Javad
Zarif.

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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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