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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.

Apr 4, 2015

Russia calls for pause in Yemen air strikes to evacuate foreigners

UNITED NATIONS, April 4 (Reuters) – Russia on Saturday
called for the United Nations Security Council to push for
pauses in Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen to allow the evacuation
of foreign civilians and diplomats.

Russia circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member
council during closed-door consultations, which was seen by
Reuters, that also “demands rapid, safe and unhindered
humanitarian access”.

Apr 2, 2015

U.N. finds police peacekeepers shot dead three Mali protesters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. police peacekeepers “used unauthorised and excessive force” that killed three people and injured four others during a protest in the northern Malian town of Gao in January, the United Nations said on Thursday.

A U.N. inquiry found that members of a police unit shot the protesters during a demonstration on Jan. 27, U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council on the findings.

Apr 2, 2015

U.N. says police peacekeepers killed three Mali protesters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. police peacekeepers “used unauthorized and excessive force” that killed three people and injured four others during a protest in the northern Malian town of Gao in January, the United Nations said on Thursday.

A U.N. inquiry found that members of a police unit shot the protesters during a demonstration on Jan. 27, said U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq. The protest was linked to attempts by the United Nations to broker peace between armed groups in the area.

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.

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