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Oct 12, 2015

No fuel delivered to Yemen despite president’s pledge: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Yemen only received one percent of its monthly commercial fuel needs in September and there have been no shipments since the war-torn country’s president pledged to the United Nations a week ago to allow deliveries, the world body said on Monday.

Yemen relies on imports, but a near-total blockade led by Saudi Arabia has slowed shipments to a trickle. An Arab coalition is inspecting shipments in a bid to thwart any arms deliveries to Iranian-linked Houthi rebels.

Oct 9, 2015

Russia voices concern about U.N. sanctions, spy drones in South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Friday voted to amend the mandate of a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan so it can back implementation of a recent peace deal, but Russia and Venezuela abstained over concerns about sanctions and surveillance drones.

A political row between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar sparked civil war in late 2013 and reopened ethnic fault lines between Kiir’s Dinka and Machar’s Nuer people. More than 10,000 people have been killed.

Oct 9, 2015

U.N. council OKs mission against human trafficking off Libya

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Friday authorized European Union naval operations for one year to seize and dispose of vessels operated by human traffickers in the high seas off Libya.

The 15-member council adopted the British-drafted resolution with 14 votes in favor. Venezuela abstained.

Oct 8, 2015

U.N. council due to vote Friday on EU migrant mission off Libya

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Friday on whether to approve European naval operations aimed at seizing and disposing of vessels operated by human traffickers in the high seas off Libya, diplomats said.

Russia, which has security council veto power, had indicated it supported the draft resolution, but it was unclear how Moscow would vote, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Oct 6, 2015

U.N. to hold off on separate Afghan bombing probe for now

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Monday it would wait for the results of U.S., NATO and Afghan investigations into a deadly air strike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Afghanistan before deciding whether to support an independent probe.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called for an “impartial” investigation of the incident but he stopped short of saying that should be done by the U.N. His spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday it was too soon to say if an additional probe would be necessary. MSF and the U.N. human rights chief have said the incident could be a war crime.

Oct 2, 2015

Britain – No future for Russia bid for U.N. approval of Syria strikes

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday there was no future for a Russian bid to win United Nations approval of international military campaigns combating Islamic State militants, which Russia decried as strange because there was nothing objectionable in its proposal.

Russia circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that would call on states involved in military efforts against Islamic State and other militants to coordinate with the countries where they are operating.

Oct 2, 2015

No future for Russia bid for U.N. approval of Syria strikes: Britain

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday there was no future for a Russian bid to win United Nations approval of international military campaigns combating Islamic State militants, which Russia decried as strange because there was nothing objectionable in its proposal.

Russia circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that would call on states involved in military efforts against Islamic State and other militants to coordinate with the countries where they are operating.

Oct 2, 2015

U.N. states press Libya peace deal with promise to help rebuild

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations member states on Friday pushed warring factions in Libya to agree to a U.N.-brokered peace deal with a promise of international help to rebuild the country and a warning not to further delay an end to the conflict.

After months of stalled negotiations, U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon handed the Libyan parties a final draft of a Sept. 21 peace accord aimed at ending fighting between two rival governments and their armed backers.

Oct 2, 2015

Syria doubts value of talks, air strikes useless without Damascus

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem on Friday questioned the value of political negotiations and said air strikes against militants in his country are useless if they are not coordinated with his government.

“Terrorism cannot be fought only from the air, and all of the previous operations to combat it have only served its spread and outbreak,” Moualem told the United Nations General Assembly.

Sep 30, 2015

Russia says ready to liaise with U.S. coalition on Syria strikes

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia is ready to open “standing channels of communication” with the U.S.-led coalition bombing Islamic State militants in Syria in a bid to boost the fight against “terrorist groups,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

Russia said it had launched air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria on Wednesday, an assertion that was disputed by the United States and France, which suspect Moscow of shoring up support for President Bashar al-Assad against other opposition groups in the civil war.

    • 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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