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Mar 24, 2015

Russia fails in bid to stop UN staff benefits for all gay couples

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia failed on Tuesday in a bid to stop the United Nations extending staff benefits to all same-sex couples after a U.N. General Assembly budget committee voted 80 to 43 against the proposal.

There were 37 abstentions and 33 countries did not vote.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in July that the United Nations would recognize all same-sex marriages of its staff, allowing them to receive U.N. benefits.

Mar 24, 2015

Syrian people feel abandoned as world focuses on Islamic State: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The people of Syria feel “increasingly abandoned by the world” as global attention focuses on Islamic State militants, while violence and government bureaucracy hinder attempts to deliver aid to 12 million people, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said on Monday.

In his 13th monthly report to the United Nations Security Council on Syria, Ban said a lack of accountability during the four-year civil war has also led to a rise in allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other human rights abuses.

Mar 22, 2015

UN warns Yemen conflict could become Iraq-Libya-Syria scenario

UNITED NATIONS, March 22 (Reuters) – The United Nations
warned on Sunday that Yemen’s conflict could become an
“Iraq-Libya-Syria” scenario if either side pushes for control of
the country, prompting the U.N. Security Council to threaten
further measures if the hostilities do not end.

The violence has been spreading across the Arabian peninsula
country since last year when Houthi militia seized the capital
Sanaa and effectively removed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi,
who now seeks a comeback from the southern port city of Aden.

Mar 22, 2015

U.N. Security Council condemns Houthi actions in Yemen, threatens further measures

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council will on Sunday condemn the takeover of much of Yemen and its institutions by the Shi’ite Muslim Houthi militia and warn of “further measures” if hostilities do not end, diplomats said.

In a statement that will be formally adopted at a meeting on Yemen later on Sunday, the 15-member body also stated its support for Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the diplomats said on condition of anonymity.

Mar 21, 2015

U.N. Security Council to meet on Yemen on Sunday

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council will meet on Sunday on the situation in Yemen after Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called for an “urgent intervention” by the 15-member body.

Hadi on Saturday accused the Iranian-allied Houthi militia that controls the capital Sanaa of staging a coup against him, and said he would “raise Yemen’s flag” in the Houthis’ northern stronghold.

Mar 19, 2015

U.N. peacekeepers previously supported blacklisted Congo generals

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. peacekeepers previously worked with two Democratic Republic of Congo generals accused of abuses, but have refused to support the men in a new campaign against Rwandan rebels because Congolese authorities did not investigate the allegations, said a U.N. envoy on Thursday.

Under the United Nations human rights due diligence policy, the world body has to ensure its support to non-U.N. security forces does not contribute to grave human rights violations.

Mar 18, 2015

U.N.: Peace process only way for Israel to stay a democracy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Wednesday that Israel needs to stick with the Middle East peace process to remain a democracy after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abandoned a commitment ahead of his re-election to negotiate a Palestinian state.

In the final days of campaigning before Israeli voters went to the polls on Tuesday, Netanyahu said he would not permit a Palestinian state to be created under his watch and also promised to go on building settlements on occupied land.

Mar 18, 2015

South Sudan warlord offers abducted boys sit exams: U.N. envoy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A South Sudanese warlord who abducted about 89 boys from their school has offered to let them return to finish exams as long as they are then given back to him to fight, United Nations global education envoy Gordon Brown said on Wednesday.

“The whole world should be protesting as we did over Chibok about any child that is abducted from their school and any child that has been kidnapped … as is happening to so many children in South Sudan,” Brown told reporters at the United Nations.

Mar 17, 2015

U.S. warns lack of accountability hampers South Sudan peace bid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A lack of accountability in South Sudan for “atrocities, sexual and gender based violence, child soldier recruitment and mass graves” hinders a bid for peace in the world’s youngest state, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Fighting since December 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy Riek Machar has reopened ethnic fault lines that pit Kiir’s Dinka people against Machar’s ethnic Nuer forces.

Mar 17, 2015

Sudan: don’t tie Darfur peacekeepers exit to tribal violence end

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A withdrawal of peacekeepers from Sudan’s Darfur region should not be conditional on an end to tribal violence, Sudan said on Tuesday as Khartoum began work with the United Nations and the African Union on an exit strategy for the $1.1 billion mission.

Law and order have collapsed in much of Darfur, where mainly non-Arab rebels took up arms in 2003 against the Arab-led government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination. The joint U.N. and AU peacekeeping force, one of the world’s largest such operations and known as UNAMID, has been deployed since 2007.

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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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