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Sep 29, 2015

At U.N., Yemen accuses Iran of pursuing its destruction

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Yemen’s president accused Iran on Tuesday of pursuing the destruction of his country, where government forces and a Saudi Arabia-led coalition are fighting Tehran-backed rebels.

Speaking at the United Nations, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi thanked Saudi King Salman for acting with “utter determination” by leading an air campaign by Gulf states against Houthi rebels, who seized the capital, Sanaa, a year ago.

Sep 29, 2015

U.N. chief demands South Sudan leaders correct ‘grave mistakes’

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – South Sudan’s president and a rebel leader accused each other on Tuesday of violating a ceasefire brokered to end a 21-month conflict in the world’s newest state as United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon appealed to them “not to betray and disappoint us.”

Ban told President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar that now was the time to correct their “grave mistakes.” A political dispute between the pair spiraled into a war that has killed thousands and forced two million people to flee.

Sep 29, 2015

Countries pledge 40,000 U.N. peacekeepers at U.N. summit

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Monday more than 50 countries have pledged some 40,000 peacekeepers for possible deployment on United Nations missions, as well as helicopters, medical units and training and equipment to deal with roadside bombs.

Obama chaired a summit of world leaders at the United Nations to garner commitments to boost the capacity and capabilities of U.N. peacekeeping and to allow the world body to deploy forces more rapidly if a new operation is created.

Sep 28, 2015

Countries pledge 30,000 peacekeepers at U.N. summit

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Monday that more than 50 countries have pledged some 30,000 peacekeepers for possible deployment on United Nations missions, as well as helicopters, medical units and training and equipment to deal with roadside bombs.

Obama chaired a summit of world leaders at the United Nations to garner commitments to boost the capacity and capabilities of U.N. peacekeeping and to allow the world body to deploy forces more rapidly if a new operation is created.

Sep 28, 2015

Obama willing to work with Iran, Russia to end Syria conflict

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States is willing to work with Iran and Russia to try to end the Syrian conflict, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday but insisted there could not be a return to the status quo under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly, Obama described Assad as a tyrant and as the chief culprit behind the four-year civil war in which at least 200,000 people have died and millions have been driven from their homes internally or abroad as refugees.

Sep 27, 2015

UN aviation arm says progress but no deal on Black Sea air corridor

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The United Nations
aviation agency said there has been progress in its talks with
Ukraine and Russia toward allowing air traffic to resume in
international airspace over the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov,
and that work was continuing to find a solution.

That airspace, managed by Ukraine, is off the coast of the
Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia last year. The
area has been no-fly zone for international air traffic since
April last year.

Sep 27, 2015

China’s Xi touts women’s rights at United Nations, U.S. critical

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping told the United Nations on Sunday that all Chinese women have the opportunity to excel, touting his government’s record on women’s rights as the United States slammed Beijing and others for jailing women for their views.

China and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon co-hosted a U.N. meeting of world leaders on gender equality and women’s empowerment, raising eyebrows among some western diplomats and human rights defenders in China and abroad.

Sep 27, 2015
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At U.N., Iran’s President Rouhani calls for investigation into deadly haj crush

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(The bodies of Muslim pilgrims are seen following a crush caused by large numbers of people pushing at Mina, outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani used a major United Nations speech on Saturday to demand an investigation into a crush that killed more than 700 people at the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Sep 26, 2015

Cuba’s Castro slams U.S. trade embargo at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Cuba’s President Raul Castro, speaking at the United Nations for the first time, on Saturday hailed renewed diplomatic ties with the United States as “major progress” but slammed a U.S. trade embargo as the top obstacle to Cuba’s economic development.

Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama in December announced a detente following more than half a century of animosity between the former Cold War foes that culminated in the restoration of diplomatic relations on July 20.

Sep 26, 2015

China pledges $2 billion to help poor states meet U.N. goals

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping announced on Saturday that Beijing will establish an assistance fund with an initial pledge of $2 billion to help developing countries implement a sweeping global sustainable development agenda over the next 15 years.

“China will continue to increase investment in the least developed countries, aiming to increase its total to $12 billion by 2030,” Xi told a sustainable development summit of world leaders at the United Nations in New York.

    • 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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