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Nov 4, 2015

South Sudan rivals boosting weapons stockpiles: U.N. experts

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Warring parties in South Sudan are expanding stockpiles of weapons and ammunition in violation of an August peace deal and President Salva Kiir risks fueling violence with plans to almost triple the number of states in the country, said United Nations experts.

In a report to the U.N. Security Council, seen by Reuters on Wednesday, the experts said they were examining the flow of arms into South Sudan and had “credible, independent” reports that both the government and opposition were boosting their supplies.

Nov 3, 2015

Russia: impolite to begin U.N. chief race without Ukraine, others

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it does not want to offend Ukraine and other recently elected United Nations Security Council members by officially launching the race for a new secretary-general before the Jan. 1 start of their council terms.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister, is due to step down at the end of 2016 after serving two five-year terms. The job traditionally rotates between regions, with Eastern Europe next on the list.

Oct 29, 2015

South Sudan rebels free U.N. peacekeepers, but still hold contractors

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Eighteen United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan were freed on Thursday after being held for three days by heavily armed rebels, but a dozen U.N. contractors who were operating a fuel barge have not yet been released, the world body said.

U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous spoke to opposition leader Riek Machar about the incident on Thursday. The United Nations also said it is “extremely concerned” about the South Sudanese crew of the fuel barge who were still being held.

Oct 29, 2015

New Zealand pushes for U.N. action to break Middle East deadlock

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – New Zealand has drafted a United Nations Security Council resolution that calls for Israel to stop building settlements in occupied territories and for the Palestinians to refrain from referring cases to the International Criminal Court.

The two-page draft, seen by Reuters on Thursday, also asks both sides to avoid provocative acts and not to question the “integrity or commitment of the other party or its leaders.”

Oct 29, 2015

S.Sudan rebels free UN peacekeepers, but still hold contractors

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Eighteen United Nations
peacekeepers in South Sudan were freed on Thursday after being
held for three days by heavily armed rebels, but a dozen U.N.
contractors who were operating a fuel barge have not yet been
released, the world body said.

U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous spoke to opposition
leader Riek Machar about the incident on Thursday. The United
Nations also said it is “extremely concerned” about the South
Sudanese crew of the fuel barge who were still being held.

Oct 29, 2015

U.N. envoy urges Russia, China to allow inquiry on North Korea workers

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A United Nations human rights investigator on Thursday raised concerns that North Korea has forced more than 50,000 people to work abroad and urged countries where they have been sent, mainly Russia and China, to grant him access to investigate.

Marzuki Darusman, U.N. special rapporteur on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), told a U.N. General Assembly committee that the North Koreans worked overseas “under overall conditions that reportedly amount to forced labor.”

Oct 29, 2015

UN envoy urges Russia, China to allow inquiry on N.Korea workers

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 29 (Reuters) – A United Nations human
rights investigator on Thursday raised concerns that North Korea
has forced more than 50,000 people to work abroad and urged
countries where they have been sent, mainly Russia and China, to
grant him access to investigate.

Marzuki Darusman, U.N. special rapporteur on the Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), told a U.N. General Assembly
committee that the North Koreans worked overseas “under overall
conditions that reportedly amount to forced labor.”

Oct 28, 2015

U.N. investigator questions if Myanmar poll can be free and fair

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A United Nations rights investigator raised concern on Wednesday about whether Myanmar’s election next month could be considered free and fair because dozens of candidates had been disqualified and hundreds of thousands of people denied the right to vote.

Yanghee Lee, U.N. special rapporteur on rights in Myanmar, also said restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association, including arrests and excessive use of force against protesters, put genuine elections at risk.

Oct 28, 2015

Saudi Arabia complains U.N. blamed coalition for bombing Yemen hospital

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia complained on Wednesday that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had blamed Arab coalition air strikes for hitting a U.N.-supported hospital in Yemen before the incident had been properly investigated.

Saudi Arabia’s U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said the coalition did not carry out Monday’s attack on the hospital.

Oct 27, 2015

Syria suggests U.S. should have spent rebel training funds on aid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Syria suggested on Tuesday that the United States could have spent $500 million tackling Syria’s refugee and humanitarian crisis instead of on a largely failed program to train and equip moderate rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian United Nations Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari also accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of supporting “terrorism with great generosity” rather than a $2.9 billion U.N. humanitarian response plan that is less than 40 percent funded for 2015.

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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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