UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations warned on Thursday that while progress has been made in Yemen talks on a political settlement, the country is on the brink of a civil war and conditions are conducive to allowing al Qaeda militants to strengthen.
Al Qaeda and other Sunni Muslim militants have stepped up attacks since rival Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim Houthi fighters from the north seized the capital in September and started expanding across the country.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday banned all trade in antiquities from war-torn Syria, threatened sanctions on anyone buying oil from Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants and urged states to stop kidnap ransom payments.
The 15-nation council unanimously adopted a Russian-drafted resolution, which is legally binding and gives the council authority to enforce decisions with economic sanctions. It does not authorize using military force.