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May 1, 2015

North Korea says Japan’s NY abduction summit bid to deceive world

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea condemned on Friday plans by Japan to hold a summit in New York on the abduction of Japanese citizens by Pyongyang decades ago, saying the issue had been resolved and accusing Tokyo of escalating a human rights campaign against North Korea.

The denouncement of Japan’s planned Tuesday summit came a day after North Korean diplomats disrupted dissidents speaking at a U.S. and South Korean panel at the United Nations on human rights abuses in the isolated Asian state.

May 1, 2015

Russia: U.N. Security Council should stay out of Burundi dispute

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday the United Nations Security Council should not intervene in Burundi’s constitutional dispute that has sparked the biggest political crisis in the East African state since an ethnically fuelled civil war ended in 2005.

Diplomats said Russia and China on Thursday blocked a French-drafted council statement on the situation in Burundi, where there has been almost a week of street protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term.

Apr 30, 2015

U.N. chief: South Sudan leaders failed people, warns of sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – South Sudan’s leaders have failed their people by putting their personal ambitions first and if they do not show a willingness to compromise in peace talks they have to face consequences such as sanctions, says United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In his latest report to the U.N. Security Council, seen by Reuters on Thursday, Ban said the warring parties are recruiting children to fight and restricting the work of U.N. peacekeepers, who are sheltering some 118,000 people at protection sites.

Apr 30, 2015

U.S. criticizes North Korean diplomats for drowning out dissidents at UN

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States accused North Korea of bullying dissidents on Thursday after diplomats from the isolated Asian country disrupted statements by North Korean defectors on human rights abuses at an event at the United Nations.

Three North Korean diplomats attended the U.S. and South Korean panel on human rights in North Korea, and one began unexpectedly delivering a statement after defector Joseph Kim spoke about his father dying of starvation and enduring a childhood of poverty and hunger.

Apr 29, 2015

UN Libya envoy says ‘difficult to be optimistic’ about peace deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Libya mediator said on Wednesday it was “difficult to be optimistic” a peace deal could be reached, but the aim was to try and broker agreement on a unity government before the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan starts in mid-June.

The mediator, Bernardino Leon, briefed the U.N. Security Council on the conflict on Wednesday. Two governments – one in the east, the other in Tripoli – are fighting for control of the North African state, four years after the ouster of leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Apr 28, 2015

Europe seeks to reassure Libya over plans to stem migrant flow

UNITED NATIONS, April 28 (Reuters) – The European Union
sought to reassure Libya on Tuesday that any action being
considered by the 28-nation bloc to stem the deadly flow of
migrants across the Mediterranean should not be perceived as an
attack against the Libyan people.

After up to 900 people drowned trying to reach Europe from
Libya last week, EU leaders tripled a naval search mission and
agreed to “undertake systematic efforts to identify, capture and
destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers.”

Apr 28, 2015
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Experts tell U.N. council: Feeling left out drives youth to Islamic State


(The United Nations Security Council in New York April 14, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Most European youth who travel to Iraq and Syria to fight with Islamic State militants do so because they do not feel at home in Europe, academics told a United Nations Security Council meeting chaired last week by Jordan’s 20-year-old crown prince.

Apr 27, 2015

Yemen arms embargo enforcement could block aid -UN envoy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The outgoing United Nations envoy on Yemen warned on Monday that enforcing a new arms embargo targeting the Houthi militia could accidentally prevent the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid to the poor country on the Arabian peninsula.

In his last briefing to the U.N. Security Council, Jamal Benomar also said he regretted that the 15-member body had not taken strong action sooner on his warnings of “systematic acts of obstruction” to the peace process.

Apr 27, 2015

Inquiry says Israel fired on seven U.N. Gaza schools in 2014 war

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israel fired on seven United Nations schools during the 2014 Gaza war, killing 44 Palestinians who had sought shelter at some sites, while Palestinian militants hid weapons and fired from several empty U.N. premises, a U.N. inquiry found.

“I deplore the fact that at least 44 Palestinians were killed as a result of Israeli actions and at least 227 injured at United Nations premises being used as emergency shelters,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in a cover letter accompanying a summary of the inquiry’s findings released on Monday.

Apr 24, 2015

U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva peace talks in May

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he will begin meeting in May with the country’s government, opposition groups, and regional powers including Iran to assess by the end of June whether there is any hope brokering an end to the war.

Staffan de Mistura briefed the U.N. Security Council on the latest bid to find a political solution to the 4-year conflict that has killed some 220,000 people, displaced an estimated 7.6 million and forced nearly 4 million to flee the country.

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