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Mar 31, 2015

Syria, Iraq a ‘finishing school’ for foreign fighters: U.N. report

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – More than 25,000 foreign fighters from some 100 countries are linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, with Syria and Iraq comprising a “veritable international finishing school for extremists,” United Nations experts reported to the U.N. Security Council.

The experts, who monitor al Qaeda sanctions violations, said in a report seen by Reuters that along with some 22,000 foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq, there were also 6,500 in Afghanistan and hundreds more in Yemen, Libya, Pakistan and Somalia.

Mar 31, 2015

U.N. says attack on Yemen camp broke law, calls for accountability

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – An air strike that killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen was a violation of international law and those responsible should be held accountable, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

The Mazraq camp for displaced people near Haradh was struck on Monday, humanitarian workers said. Some 200 people were wounded, dozens of them seriously, the International Organization for Migration said.

Mar 30, 2015

Boko Haram did not disrupt Nigeria election: U.N. envoy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Boko Haram militants were unable to disrupt Nigeria’s presidential election, a United Nations envoy said on Monday, but the group’s allegiance to Islamic State insurgents shows it has an agenda that goes beyond Africa’s top oil producer and biggest economy.

Boko Haram, which has killed thousands and displaced some 1.5 million people during a six-year campaign to carve out an Islamist emirate, committed itself this month to Islamic State, which controls swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.

Mar 27, 2015

Saudis want U.N. arms embargo on Yemen groups spoiling peace process

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states are negotiating with United Nations Security Council veto-wielding powers on a draft resolution on Yemen that would impose an arms embargo on groups spoiling the peace and political process, Saudi Arabia’s U.N. envoy said on Friday.

Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi told reporters that the Gulf Cooperation Council had shared a draft resolution with the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China and he hoped it could be circulated to the remaining 10 council members “soon.”

Mar 27, 2015

U.N. concerned by spread of arms in Libya, arms embargo unchanged

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council expressed concern on Friday at the proliferation of arms and ammunition in Libya as it left an arms embargo on the North African state unchanged and urged the recognized government to improve monitoring of its weapons.

Libya and neighboring Egypt asked the 15-member council last month to lift restrictions on government weapons imports so it could better fight extremist groups after Islamic State released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians.

Mar 27, 2015

France presses at U.N. for Islamic State to face world court

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – France said on Friday it would push the United Nations Security Council to refer the Islamic State militant group to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The United Nations has also said the group, which last year seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, may have committed genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq.

Mar 27, 2015

France to begin push for UN Middle East action in ‘coming weeks’

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – France plans to start discussions with partners in the “coming weeks” on a United Nations Security Council resolution to lay out the parameters for ending the Middle East conflict, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday.

“I hope that the partners who were reluctant will not be reluctant anymore,” said Fabius, referring to the United States, which has traditionally shielded its ally Israel from any action at the United Nations.

Mar 26, 2015

Syria has OKed three of 33 U.N. aid access requests in 2015: official

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The Syrian government has only allowed the United Nations to deliver aid to three of the 33 sites it has requested access to this year, aid chief Valerie Amos said on Thursday as she urged the U.N. Security Council to take “concrete steps.”

Syrian troops removed surgical, medical and reproductive health supplies from two convoys granted access, Amos told the council. Medical supplies for just 58,000 people had reached some of the 4.8 million people in hard-to-reach areas, she said.

Mar 26, 2015

U.N.: Israeli settlements may have already killed two-state bid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israeli settlements on occupied land wanted by the Palestinians may have already killed a possible two-state solution, said the United Nations Middle East envoy on Thursday as he suggested the U.N. Security Council should take action on the peace process.

Palestinians seek a state in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967. Most countries view Israel’s settlement building on occupied land as illegal.

Mar 26, 2015

Israeli settlements may have already killed two-state bid – U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israeli settlements on occupied land wanted by the Palestinians may have already killed a possible two-state solution, said the United Nations Middle East envoy on Thursday as he suggested the U.N. Security Council should take action on the peace process.

Palestinians seek a state in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967. Most countries view Israel’s settlement building on occupied land as illegal.

    • About Michelle

      "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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