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Jul 6, 2015

Air attack possible lead in 1961 U.N. chief plane crash: inquiry

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A United Nations inquiry into a 1961 plane crash that killed then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold found that new information pointing to an aerial attack or threat bringing down the aircraft warrants further investigation.

Hammarskjold – a Swede elected as the world body’s second chief in 1953 – was killed along with 15 others while on his way to broker a truce in Katanga in what is now Democratic Republic of Congo. The plane crashed in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia.

Jul 2, 2015

Malaysia tells U.N. Security Council of push for MH17 tribunal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Malaysia told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday it plans to push for a U.N.-backed tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine, though Russia described the move as premature, diplomats said.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in July last year with 298 passengers on board, two-thirds of them Dutch. It crashed in territory held by Russian-backed separatists.

Jul 2, 2015

U.N. aiming for pause in Yemen fighting for humanitarian relief

UNITED NATIONS, July 2 (Reuters) – The United Nations has
alerted aid groups to be prepared for a possible humanitarian
pause in fighting in Yemen, starting as early as Friday, that
would allow them to deliver assistance to some of the 21 million
people in need.

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab states has been bombing
the Iranian-allied Houthi rebel movement since late March in a
bid to restore to power Yemen’s elected president, who is backed
by neighboring Saudi Arabia and has fled to Riyadh.

Jul 1, 2015

U.N. Security council blacklists six rival South Sudan generals

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday blacklisted six rival military commanders in South Sudan for threatening the peace and stability of the world’s newest state, diplomats said.

The men, three from either side of South Sudan’s conflict, are the first to be sanctioned by the Security Council’s South Sudan sanctions committee, which operates by consensus. They are now subjected to a global travel ban and asset freeze.

Jul 1, 2015

Britain, Russia at odds over U.N. Srebrenica genocide commemoration

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A draft United Nations Security Council resolution commemorating the 1995 Srebrenica massacre does “not seek to bring up painful divisions nor point the finger of blame,” Britain said on Wednesday as Russia pushes a rival text it considers balanced.

The British-drafted resolution has angered Bosnian Serbs and Serbia, who branded it as “anti-Serb” and sent a letter of protest to the United Nations.

Jun 30, 2015

Syria mediator to brief U.N. chief next week on peace prospects

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura will brief Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon next week on his talks with Syria’s warring parties and world powers on how to end the country’s four-year conflict, a U.N. spokesman said on Tuesday.

“Syria is on the brink of falling apart, putting at even further risk what is already the most unstable region in the world,” Ban said in a statement to mark the third anniversary of a Syria roadmap for peace called the Geneva Communique.

Jun 29, 2015

ICC prosecutor pleads for U.N. Security Council act on Darfur case

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Amid worsening violence in Sudan’s Darfur region, a frustrated International Criminal Court prosecutor pleaded on Monday for the United Nations Security Council to take action to ensure justice “for the long-suffering victims of atrocity crimes.”

“It is long overdue for you to heed the cries of the victims of rape and sexual abuse, torture, mass displacement and other inhumane suffering Darfurians continue to endure,” said ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

Jun 29, 2015

U.N. threatens sanctions for violations of Mali ceasefire

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Monday threatened to blacklist anyone who hinders a peace deal in Mali reached by an alliance of Tuareg-led rebels and the government, and authorized the deployment of 40 military ceasefire monitors.

The rebels and the Malian government earlier in June signed the agreement, which is meant to allow the authorities to focus on tackling Islamist militants in the desert north.

Jun 29, 2015

U.N. extends Darfur peacekeeping mission amid withdrawal calls

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Monday extended for another year a peacekeeping mission to protect civilians and ensure aid delivery in Sudan’s remote western region of Darfur despite calls by Khartoum to withdraw the $1.1 billion operation.

Law and order have collapsed in much of Darfur, where mainly non-Arab rebels took up arms in 2003 against the Arab-led government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination. A joint African Union-United Nations Mission (UNAMID) deployed in 2007.

Jun 26, 2015

U.N. council told sound of helicopters has Syrians ‘watching for death’

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The sound of whirring helicopter blades fills Syrians with fear that “hell and fire” is about fall in a barrel bomb, a rescue worker told the United Nations Security Council on Friday as pressure mounts for the body to take action to stop civilian killings in Syria.

“This sound means watching for death,” said Raed Saleh, head of the Syrian Civil Defence, an organization of rescue workers known as white helmets who rush to the site of bomb and mortar attacks to dig through rubble for survivors.

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      "I am a Reuters correspondent at the United Nations in New York. I have also covered general news for Reuters in the United States, Afghanistan, Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific. Before joining Reuters more than a decade ago, I had a two year stint at The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh, Scotland and began my career at The Border Mail newspaper in Albury/Wodonga in Australia."
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