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Apr 16, 2015

Syria gas attack video moves U.N. Security Council envoys to tears

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Members of the United Nations Security Council teared up on Thursday when Syrian doctors showed a video of failed attempts to resuscitate three children after a chlorine gas attack in March, prompting renewed calls for accountability.

The children, aged 1, 2 and 3, their parents and grandmother were killed in the March 16 attack on Sarmin village in northwest Idlib province, said Dr. Mohamed Tennari, director of the field hospital where the family was taken.

Apr 15, 2015

U.N. Yemen envoy to step down, may be replaced by Mauritanian: source

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. special adviser to Yemen Jamal Benomar is planning on stepping down from his job and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is considering appointing a Mauritanian diplomat to the post as the civil war escalates, a U.N. diplomatic source said on Wednesday.

Benomar, a veteran Moroccan diplomat, had recently irked Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations for his handling of so far unsuccessful peace talks between Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen and the Western and Gulf Arab-backed Yemeni government, Western U.N. diplomats said on condition of anonymity.

Apr 14, 2015

U.N. imposes arms embargo targeting Yemen Houthis; Russia abstains

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday blacklisted the son of Yemen’s former president and a Houthi leader, and effectively imposed an arms embargo on the Iran-allied Houthi rebels who rule most of the country.

The council voted 14 in favor. Russia abstained, saying some of its proposals for the resolution, drafted by council member Jordan and Gulf Arab states, were not included.

Apr 13, 2015

U.N. vote on Tuesday on Yemen arms embargo; Russia stance unclear

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council is due to vote on Tuesday on a resolution to blacklist the son of Yemen’s former president and a Houthi leader and effectively impose an arms embargo on the rebels who rule most of the country, diplomats said.

It was unclear how Russia would vote on the draft by council member Jordan and Gulf Arab states. Russia had unsuccessfully suggested during negotiations that the text call for an immediate ceasefire and that an arms embargo include President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government, diplomats said.

Apr 10, 2015

U.N. vote as early as Friday on Yemen arms embargo: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council could vote as early as Friday on a resolution to blacklist the son of the Yemen’s former president and a Houthi leader and effectively impose an arms embargo on the rebels that rule most of the country, diplomats said.

Council member Jordan and Gulf Arab states finalized their draft text on Thursday. Diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the resolution may be put to a vote in the 15-member Security Council on Friday or Saturday.

Apr 9, 2015

U.N. chief urges Syria mediator to focus on political process

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday he had asked his Syria mediator to “focus much more to re-launch a political process” in a bid to end the four-year civil war that has killed some 220,000 people and displaced millions.

Mediator Staffan de Mistura had been working since October on a local truce in the northern city of Aleppo and announced on Feb. 17 that the Syrian government was willing to suspend its aerial bombardment and shelling for six weeks to test the plan.

Apr 8, 2015

North Korea warns will act to get back ship held by Mexico

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea accused Mexico on Wednesday of illegally detaining one of its ships with some 50 crew and warned it would take “necessary measures” to release the vessel, which United Nations sanctions monitors say belongs to a blacklisted shipping firm.

The 6,700-tonne freighter “Mu Du Bong,” which had come from Cuba, ran aground on a reef in July, 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Tuxpan in Mexico’s Veracruz state. Satellite shipping data shows the ship is still in the port of Tuxpan.

Apr 8, 2015

Arab states want U.N. to blacklist former Yemen president’s son

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Gulf Arab countries and Jordan want the United Nations Security Council to blacklist the son of Yemen’s former president and a Houthi militia leader and effectively impose an arms embargo on the rebels that rule most of the poor Arabian peninsula country.

Experts from the 15-council members met on Tuesday for the first time to discuss a draft resolution that would impose a global asset freeze and travel ban on Ahmed Saleh, the former head of Yemen’s elite Republican Guard, and Abdulmalik al-Houthi, a top leader of the Iran-allied Shi’ite Houthi group.

Apr 6, 2015

U.N. Security Council mulls how to help Syria’s Yarmouk civilians

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council said on Monday it would look at how to help some 18,000 Palestinian refugees and Syrian civilians in a camp largely taken over by Islamic State as a top U.N. official suggested it consider measures to evacuate people.

Pierre Krahenbuhl, head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), briefed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the 15-member council about Yarmouk camp on the outskirts of Damascus, just a few miles (kilometers) from President Bashar al-Assad’s palace.

Apr 4, 2015

Russia and Red Cross appeal for ‘humanitarian pause’ in Yemen

UNITED NATIONS/ADEN, April 4 (Reuters) – Russia and the Red
Cross appealed on Saturday for a military pause in Yemen to
allow urgent humanitarian aid deliveries and evacuation of
civilians after 10 days of Saudi-led air strikes and fighting in
which hundreds of people have died.

Russia distributed a draft resolution at the United Nations
pressing for suspensions of the air strikes to allow evacuation
of foreign civilians and diplomats, and demanding rapid and
unhindered humanitarian access.

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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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