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Mar 25, 2015

Ex-Congo child soldier apologizes at U.N. for 1990s killings

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A former child soldier from Democratic Republic of Congo told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday he was sorry for the harm he caused after he was forcefully recruited from his school by an armed group at age 12.

“We killed, we looted,” said Junior Nzita Nsuami, now 30. “We transported cases of ammunition, we walked thousands of kilometers with just one belief – we must fire on everything that moves out of fear that we will be fired upon.”

Mar 24, 2015

Yemen asks U.N. to back military action by ‘willing countries’

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Yemen asked the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to back military action by “willing countries” to combat an advance by Shi’ite Muslim Houthi militia, according to a letter from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi seen by Reuters.

Hadi wants the 15-member body to adopt a resolution to authorize “willing countries that wish to help Yemen to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression.”

Mar 24, 2015

France tells U.N. ‘insufficient’ progress in Iran nuclear talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – France warned on Tuesday that “insufficient” progress has been made toward a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers with specific disparities over research and development and the issue of sanctions.

“Iran must now make difficult choices if it truly wishes to regain the trust of the international community,” French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre told a United Nations Security Council meeting on U.N. sanctions on Iran.

Mar 24, 2015

U.N. ramps up threat to sanction South Sudan’s senior leaders

UNITED NATIONS, March 24 (Reuters) – The United Nations
Security Council on Tuesday threatened sanctions against “senior
individuals” in South Sudan for actions or policies that
jeopardize security and stability after the war-torn country’s
leaders failed to agree on a peace deal.

South Sudan plunged into civil war in December 2013 when a
political crisis sparked fighting between forces loyal to
President Salva Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy
Riek Machar. The conflict has reopened ethnic fault lines that
pit Kiir’s Dinka people against Machar’s ethnic Nuer forces.

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.

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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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