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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.

Mar 16, 2015

U.N. concerned by Islamic State’s ability to unite Afghan insurgents

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations is concerned by the presence of Islamic State in Afghanistan but says the militant group’s power to unite insurgents is more significant than its capabilities in the war-torn country, a top U.N. official said on Monday.

U.N. envoy Nicholas Haysom briefed the U.N. Security Council on Afghanistan, where attempts are under way to broker an end to 13 years of conflict between the Taliban, who were ousted in a U.S.-led war in 2001, and Afghan and foreign forces.

Mar 13, 2015

African states want U.N. trust fund for Boko Haram force

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – African states want the United Nations to set up a trust fund to finance a force to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria and called on the international community to supply intelligence and equipment, according to a draft U.N. resolution.

The draft U.N. Security Council text endorses the creation of a force by Nigeria and its neighbors Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin to take on Boko Haram. The 54-nation African Union has already approved a force of up to 10,000 troops.

Mar 11, 2015

U.N. peacekeepers barred seven Congolese officers over rights records

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo barred seven Congolese army and police officers from receiving support after ruling there was a “real risk” they could commit human rights abuses, according to a U.N. report.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that in the past 10 weeks the mission, known as MONUSCO, had screened the human rights records of 116 Congolese army officers and eight police officers after receiving requests from them for U.N. support.

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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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