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Sep 25, 2015

U.N. appeals for help for Boko Haram displaced; Nigeria a no-show

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations, Chad, Niger and Cameroon appealed on Friday for help for millions of people in the Lake Chad Basin region forced to flee the violence of Boko Haram and hit with repeated droughts and floods that have brought malnutrition and disease.

But while the radical Islamist militants operate out of Nigeria and U.N. aid chief Stephen O’Brien said that is where most people have been displaced by their attacks, Nigeria did not send anyone to the United Nations event.

Sep 24, 2015

Malala, David Beckham to leaders at U.N.: don’t forget children

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will ask world leaders on Friday to ensure that every child in the world gets a quality free 12-year education, while former soccer star David Beckham made a plea at the United Nations for children to be put first.

Malala, who was shot on a school bus in Pakistan in 2012 by the Taliban for advocating girls’ rights to education, will open a summit of world leaders at the United Nations that will adopt a global sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years.

Sep 22, 2015

Obama set to get pledges for thousands of U.N. peacekeepers: official

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Some 50 world leaders, more than a third from Europe, are set to pledge thousands of troops and police, equipment or training for United Nations peacekeeping missions during a summit that will be chaired by U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday, a U.S. official said.

The United States has “significantly exceeded” its goal of garnering commitments for a surplus of 10,000 troops and police that will allow the United Nations to more rapidly deploy forces if a new operation needs to be created, the U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Sep 22, 2015

Militants, migrants, pope and Putin to headline at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – World leaders will gather for their annual meeting at the United Nations starting Friday as Europe faces a flood of asylum seekers, many fleeing Syria’s civil war in the worst humanitarian crisis since the world body was created 70 years ago.

Islamic State will also top the agenda. U.S. President Barack Obama will host a counterterrorism meeting with over 100 countries invited that will address Islamic State, foreign terrorist fighters and violent extremism. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will chair a high-level U.N. Security Council meeting on counterterrorism.

Sep 22, 2015
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Vatican to raise its flag at United Nations for Pope Francis’s visit


(Flags at the UN General Assembly building in New York, 16 September 2010/Yerpo)

The Vatican flag will be raised for the first time at the United Nations on Friday morning ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the world body, the Holy See mission to the United Nations said on Monday.

Sep 15, 2015

Russia, Angola, Venezuela oppose further South Sudan sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia, Angola and Venezuela objected on Tuesday to a U.S. bid to impose United Nations Security Council sanctions on South Sudan’s army chief and a rebel commander for their roles in the country’s more than 20-month conflict, diplomats said.

South Sudan plunged into civil war in December 2013 when a political crisis sparked fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy Riek Machar. The conflict reopened ethnic fault lines that pit Kiir’s Dinka against Machar’s ethnic Nuer forces.

Aug 31, 2015
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Gay men tell UN Security Council of being Islamic State targets


(Gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas speaks at a news conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas watched in fear as the al Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front took over his home town of Idlib and began torturing and executing men suspected of being gay. Then, with the rise of Islamic State, came videos of gay men being hurled from buildings.

Aug 25, 2015

South Sudan soldiers raped children, burned people alive: U.N. experts

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – South Sudanese soldiers raped children, burned people alive in their homes and hunted others for days in swamps in an increasingly brutal war the government had hoped to win with an emergency $850 million military budget, U.N. experts said.

A panel of experts who monitor United Nations sanctions on South Sudan obtained a copy of the emergency budget for January to July 2014, but warned in a report made public on Tuesday that it did not mean South Sudan had acquired everything it wanted.

Aug 20, 2015

U.S. proposes United Nations arms embargo on South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The United States
proposed on Wednesday implementing a United Nations arms embargo
on South Sudan and further targeted sanctions from Sept. 6
unless President Salva Kiir signs a peace deal to end the
country’s 20-month conflict.

According to a draft resolution circulated to the U.N.
Security Council – and seen by Reuters – if U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reports before Sept. 6 that both
parties have signed the deal and implemented a ceasefire then
the arms embargo and further targeted sanctions would not be

Aug 19, 2015

U.N. says air strikes on Yemen port could worsen aid crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations aid chief Stephen O’Brien said on Wednesday that air strikes by Saudi-led coalition airplanes on Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeida were unacceptable and could worsen the country’s humanitarian crisis.

Hodeida, controlled by Iranian-allied Houthi forces, has become a focal point of efforts to resupply the impoverished Arab state, battered by five months of war that has killed over 4,300 people.

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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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