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Sep 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014

States at U.N. say ready to help Libya combat Islamist militants

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A group of mainly Western and Arab states expressed readiness on Thursday to help Libya’s government combat a growing presence of Islamic militant groups in the North African country.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a high-level meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the conflict in Libya, which is suffering its worst violence since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Sep 25, 2014

World must do more to battle Ebola in West Africa: Obama

NEW YORK/FREETOWN (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called on more nations to help fight the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, saying hundreds of thousands of lives were at stake.

The warning came shortly after the World Health Organisation gave a rare hint of optimism in the West African crisis, announcing that the spread of the disease in Guinea appeared to have stabilised.

Sep 25, 2014

UNAIDS appoints Victoria Beckham goodwill ambassador

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Thursday named fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham a goodwill ambassador.

Beckham, who said she was inspired to help after a “life-changing” visit to HIV clinics in South Africa, will focus on working toward ensuring that all children are born free from HIV and that children and women who are living with and affected by HIV have access to medicines and care, UNAIDS said.

Sep 25, 2014

Obama says ‘significant gap’ in global effort to fight Ebola

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Thursday that there was still a “significant gap between where we are and where we need to be” in the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and appealed for more countries to help.

An outbreak that began in a remote corner of Guinea has taken hold of much of neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing nearly 3,000 people in just over six months. Senegal and Nigeria have recorded cases but, for now, contained them.

Sep 25, 2014

Iran blames outside influences for rise of Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran President Hassan Rouhani blamed the rise of the Islamic State group and other militants on “certain intelligence agencies” but also said the solution to stopping them must come from the Middle East region itself.

“The extremists of the world have found each other and have put out the call, ‘extremists of the world unite’. But are we united against the extremists?” Rouhani asked in a speech to the 193-member United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

Sep 25, 2014

U.N. says Arms Trade Treaty to enter into force on December 24

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A global Arms Trade Treaty to regulate the $85 billion industry and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers and criminals will come into force on Dec. 24 after the 50th country ratified the agreement on Thursday, the United Nations said.

The 193-member U.N. General Assembly adopted the treaty in April last year. Argentina, Bahamas, Portugal, Czech Republic, St. Lucia, Senegal and Uruguay deposited their ratifications with the world body on Thursday, taking the total to 52.

Sep 25, 2014

UK’s Cameron recalls parliament to sanction air strikes against Islamic State

LONDON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted Britain to join U.S.-led air strikes against the Islamic State militant group after the Iraqi government requested London’s help and he recalled parliament to secure its approval for military action.

Parliament, which was in recess, will reconvene on Friday to vote on allowing Britain’s Royal Air Force to hit Islamic State targets in northern Iraq. The action has the backing of all three main parties and is expected to comfortably pass.

Sep 25, 2014
Sep 24, 2014

U.N. backs strong laws against foreign extremist fighters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council demanded on Wednesday that all states make it a serious criminal offense for their citizens to travel abroad to fight with militant groups, or to recruit and fund others to do so, in a move sparked by the rise of Islamic State.

At a meeting chaired by U.S. President Barack Obama, the 15-member council unanimously adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution that compels countries to “prevent and suppress” the recruitment and travel of militant fighters to foreign conflicts.

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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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