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Feb 17, 2015

Syria willing to suspend Aleppo air strikes for six weeks: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations mediator on Syria told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that the government was willing to suspend its aerial bombardment of the northern city of Aleppo to allow for a local ceasefire to be piloted, diplomats said.

Staffan de Mistura told the council he would travel to Syria to discuss it further and gave no indication of when such a suspension might start, said diplomats attending the closed door meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Feb 17, 2015

U.N. Security Council calls for Ukraine fighting to stop

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called on all parties in eastern Ukraine to stop fighting and implement a European-brokered peace deal as an almost three-day-old ceasefire rapidly began to unravel.

Russia drafted a resolution, adopted unanimously by the 15-member council, in a move that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, described as “ironic” given the rebels fighting in eastern Ukraine are backed by Moscow.

Feb 17, 2015

Iraq tells United Nations that Islamic State committed genocide

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iraq told the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that Islamic State militants have committed genocide.

“These terrorist groups have desecrated all human values. They have committed the most heinous criminal terrorist acts against the Iraqi people whether Shi’ite, Sunni, Christians, Turkmen, Shabak or Yazidis,” Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said.

Feb 17, 2015

North Korea says unworried by ICC threat because it’s not guilty

NEW YORK (Reuters) – North Korea said on Monday it is not worried about a threat to refer the country to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, because it is not guilty and wants to attend a U.S. meeting on its rights situation to defend itself.

The United Nations General Assembly urged the U.N. Security Council in December to consider referring North Korea to the ICC after a U.N. inquiry detailed wide-ranging abuses in the hermit Asian state comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.

Feb 17, 2015

North Korea says not worried about ICC threat because not guilty

NEW YORK (Reuters) – North Korea said on Monday it is not worried about a threat to refer the country to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, because it is not guilty and wants to attend a U.S. meeting on its rights situation to defend itself.

The United Nations General Assembly urged the U.N. Security Council in December to consider referring North Korea to the ICC after a U.N. inquiry detailed wide-ranging abuses in the hermit Asian state comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.

Feb 15, 2015

U.N. council demands Houthis withdraw, end Yemen violence

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 15 (Reuters) – The United Nations
Security Council on Sunday demanded Iranian-backed Houthi
militia in Yemen withdraw from government institutions, called
for an end to foreign interference and threatened “further
steps” if the violence does not stop.

The United Nations has warned that Yemen is collapsing.
Shi’ite Muslim Houthi fighters have sidelined the central
government after seizing the capital Sanaa in September and
expanding across Yemen, which borders oil giant Saudi Arabia.

Feb 14, 2015

Congo fails to meet U.N. deadline to remove generals linked to abuses

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo failed to meet a U.N. deadline to remove two generals accused of rights abuses and will now be formally notified that peacekeepers will not support its offensive against Rwandan rebels, a U.N. official said on Saturday.

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.

Feb 14, 2015

U.N. chief appeals to Indonesia to stop death row executions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Indonesia on Friday not to execute prisoners on death row for drug crimes, including citizens of Australia, Brazil, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria and the Philippines.

Indonesia has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap. Five foreigners were among six people executed last month, the first executions since President Joko Widodo took office in October.

Feb 13, 2015
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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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