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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.

Apr 24, 2015

U.N. aid chief urges Syria sanctions, Jolie pleads for refugee help

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations aid chief urged the Security Council on Friday to impose an arms embargo and sanctions in Syria for violations of humanitarian law as special envoy Angelina Jolie pleaded with council members to visit millions of Syrian refugees.

The aid official, Valerie Amos, also appealed to the council to mandate the United Nations’ commission of inquiry on Syria to specifically investigate besieged areas, the militarization of schools and hospitals and attacks on those facilities.

Apr 21, 2015

Britain, France urge UN action on Middle East, NZ drafting text

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Britain and France urged the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to set a framework to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians as council member New Zealand said it had started working on a draft resolution to kick-start the process.

France said last month that it planned to begin talks on a draft text to lay out “parameters” for ending the Middle East conflict and that it hoped to win over the United States, which has traditionally shielded its ally Israel from any U.N. action.

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.

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