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Mar 4, 2015

Islamic State will ‘stop at nothing’ to boost Libya presence: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Islamic State militants will “stop at nothing” to strengthen their presence in Libya and the urgency of a request by the country for international help to tackle the extremists should not be underestimated, a top United Nations official said on Wednesday.

U.N. special envoy Bernadino Leon briefed the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Libya, where two rival governments and their armed forces are battling for control four years after the civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Feb 27, 2015

China questions U.S. threat of U.N. sanctions on South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – China on Friday questioned the logic behind a U.S. push to create a United Nations sanctions regime for South Sudan while warring parties there negotiate a power-sharing deal to end the conflict in the country, the world’s newest state.

The United States circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution on the measure to the 15-member body on Tuesday but stopped short of proposing an arms embargo or placing specific individuals on a blacklist.

Feb 27, 2015

Libya needs international maritime force to help stop illicit oil, weapons: U.N. experts

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Libyan authorities are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, and they need an international maritime force to help, United Nations sanctions monitors said in a new report.

The confidential report by the U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Libya, first seen by Reuters on Thursday, will likely increase pressure on major world powers to consider intervention to stop the North African state from spinning further out of control.

Feb 26, 2015

North Korea shipping firm skirts sanctions by renaming ships: U.N. panel

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N. experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea, which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 26, 2015

N.Korea shipping firm skirts sanctions by renaming ships -UN panel

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North
Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid
to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in
violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N.
experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea,
which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also
said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy
Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and
ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 25, 2015

Exclusive: Sanctioned North Korea shipping firm still active, renamed ships – U.N. panel

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N. experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea, which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 25, 2015

Sanctioned N.Korea shipping firm still active, renamed ships -UN panel

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North
Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid
to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in
violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N.
experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea,
which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also
said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy
Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and
ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 24, 2015

Rights group calls for UN arms embargo on Syria over barrel bombs

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – A U.S.-based human rights
group accused the Syrian government on Tuesday of indiscriminate
aerial attacks, most with barrel bombs, that have killed
thousands of civilians in the past 11 months, and called for an
United Nations arms embargo.

Human Rights Watch said Syrian forces carried out at least
1,450 air attacks in southwestern Daraa and northern Aleppo.

Feb 24, 2015

Rights group accuses Syria government of some 1,450 air attacks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.S.-based human rights group accused the Syrian government on Tuesday of launching aerial attacks that have killed or injured thousands of civilians in the past 11 months of the country’s four-year civil war.

Human Rights Watch said Syria carried out at least 1,450 indiscriminate attacks from the air, often using barrel bombs, which are containers packed with explosives and projectiles that are dropped from helicopters.

Feb 19, 2015

Britain says Libya needs unity gov’t before arms embargo changes

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Britain said on Thursday that Libya needed a unified government before the United Nations Security Council could change an arms embargo in order to better equip Libya’s military to combat Islamic State and other militants.

Council member Jordan had circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member body on Wednesday, obtained by Reuters, that would remove conditions on the import of weapons by Libya’s government and push for it to be supplied “necessary security assistance.”

    • About Michelle

      "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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