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May 13, 2015

Iran complains to UN of foiled Yemen aid as ship standoff looms

UNITED NATIONS, May 13 (Reuters) – Iran complained to the
United Nations Security Council of the Saudi Arabia-led
coalition’s forces hindering its attempts to send aid to Yemen
as a standoff loomed on Wednesday over an Iranian cargo ship
bound for the Arabian Peninsula under military escort.

Gulf Arab nations in the military coalition have since March
26 been bombing Houthi militia and allied army units that
control much of Yemen as well as inspecting ships in a bid to
stop weapons smuggling.

May 12, 2015

ICC prosecutor says could investigate Islamic State in Libya

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court can investigate alleged crimes by Islamic State militants in Libya, but it is first up to individual states to prosecute their citizens accused of offences, The Hague-based court’s prosecutor said on Tuesday.

The United Nations Security Council asked the court in 2011 to investigate crimes committed since the start of an uprising the same year that led to the fall of leader Muammar Gaddafi.

May 11, 2015

Europe appeals for UN backing on migrants, no plan to bomb boats

UNITED NATIONS, May 11 (Reuters) – Europe appealed to the
United Nations Security Council on Monday to back its plan to
stem the deadly flow of migrants across the Mediterranean by
dismantling people-smuggling organizations and destroying their
vessels, though not by bombing.

European Union leaders agreed last month to “identify,
capture and destroy vessels before they are used by
traffickers,” but it is unclear how that may be achieved and the
28-nation bloc wants U.N. authorization for its operation.

May 11, 2015

Europe appeals for U.N. to back operation to tackle migrant flow

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Europe appealed to the United Nations Security Council on Monday to back its plans to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean and pledged that those intercepted at sea while making the precarious trip would not be repatriated.

European Union leaders agreed last month to “identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers,” but it is unclear how that may be achieved and the 28-nation bloc wants U.N. authorization for its operation.

May 8, 2015

U.S. threatens Burundi sanctions, alarmed at arms spread

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States threatened sanctions on Friday on anyone

involved in violence in Burundi against those protesting the president’s bid for a third term and expressed alarm at the spread of weapons among youth militia loyal to the president.

May 7, 2015

Russia says destroying Libya migrant boats ‘going too far’

UNITED NATIONS, May 7 (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday
that Europe should model its planned operations to tackle
migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean from Libya on
anti-piracy patrols in waters off Somalia, but that it would be
too extreme to destroy the boats used.

European Union leaders agreed last month to “identify,
capture and destroy vessels before they are used by
traffickers,” but it is unclear how that may be achieved and the
28-nation bloc wants U.N. authorization for its operation.

May 6, 2015

Yemen urges ground intervention to save country: letter to U.N

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Yemen urged the international community “to quickly intervene by land forces to save” the country, specifically in the cities of Aden and Taiz, according to a letter sent to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.

The letter from Yemen’s U.N. Ambassador Khaled Alyemany, seen by Reuters, could provide legal cover for such a move.

May 6, 2015

EU seeks UN approval to seize migrant boats, Russia against destruction

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Europe is seeking United Nations Security Council approval to seize boats used to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean from Libya, though diplomats said Russia has signaled it would not allow destruction of the vessels.

European Union leaders agreed last month to “identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers,” but it is unclear how that may be achieved and the 28-nation bloc wants U.N. authorization for its operation.

May 5, 2015

Video shows Rwandan peacekeepers shooting protesters in Mali – sources

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Secret footage shows a Rwandan policeman in the blue helmet of a United Nations peacekeeper in Mali earlier this year carefully take aim at a civilian protester, squeeze the trigger and shoot, according to sources who saw the video.

The videotape, taken by a Chinese U.N. peacekeeper who was also at the scene of the violent demonstration, was part of the evidence presented in a U.N. inquiry into the incident which resulted in the Rwandan contingent going home.

May 5, 2015

U.S. wants a UN team to lay blame for Syria gas attacks: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States wants a team of United Nations investigators to determine who is to blame for chemicals weapons attacks in Syria in a bid to pave the way for Security Council action against those responsible, diplomats said on Tuesday.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the United States had given him a draft Security Council resolution on the proposal on Monday, which he sent back to Moscow for study. Russia is an ally of Syria and has protected President Bashar al-Assad from council action during the four-year civil war.

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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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