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.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.S.-based human rights group on Wednesday accused Sudanese soldiers of raping at least 221 women and girls in Sudan’s Darfur region late last year after the United Nations said U.N.-African Union attempts to investigate were blocked by Khartoum.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said the mass rape took place during three days of attacks.