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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.

May 1, 2015

Russian U.N. envoy: West, Arab states pay ‘lip service’ on Yemen aid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia criticized Western and Arab members of the U.N. Security Council on Friday for paying “lip service” to humanitarian needs in Yemen after the council was unable to agree on a Russian-drafted statement calling for pauses in fighting to allow delivery of aid.

In the latest sign of increasing tensions between Russia and the West, who are already at odds over Syria and Ukraine, Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said his three-paragraph statement on Yemen was met with a “procrastination reaction.”

May 1, 2015

North Korea says Japan’s New York abduction summit bid to deceive world

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea condemned on Friday plans by Japan to hold a summit in New York on the abduction of Japanese citizens by Pyongyang decades ago, saying the issue had been resolved and accusing Tokyo of escalating a human rights campaign against North Korea.

The denouncement of Japan’s planned Tuesday summit came a day after North Korean diplomats disrupted dissidents speaking at a U.S. and South Korean panel at the United Nations on human rights abuses in the isolated Asian state.

May 1, 2015

North Korea says Japan’s NY abduction summit bid to deceive world

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea condemned on Friday plans by Japan to hold a summit in New York on the abduction of Japanese citizens by Pyongyang decades ago, saying the issue had been resolved and accusing Tokyo of escalating a human rights campaign against North Korea.

The denouncement of Japan’s planned Tuesday summit came a day after North Korean diplomats disrupted dissidents speaking at a U.S. and South Korean panel at the United Nations on human rights abuses in the isolated Asian state.

May 1, 2015

Russia: U.N. Security Council should stay out of Burundi dispute

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday the United Nations Security Council should not intervene in Burundi’s constitutional dispute that has sparked the biggest political crisis in the East African state since an ethnically fuelled civil war ended in 2005.

Diplomats said Russia and China on Thursday blocked a French-drafted council statement on the situation in Burundi, where there has been almost a week of street protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term.

Apr 30, 2015

U.N. chief: South Sudan leaders failed people, warns of sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – South Sudan’s leaders have failed their people by putting their personal ambitions first and if they do not show a willingness to compromise in peace talks they have to face consequences such as sanctions, says United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In his latest report to the U.N. Security Council, seen by Reuters on Thursday, Ban said the warring parties are recruiting children to fight and restricting the work of U.N. peacekeepers, who are sheltering some 118,000 people at protection sites.

Apr 30, 2015

U.S. criticizes North Korean diplomats for drowning out dissidents at UN

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States accused North Korea of bullying dissidents on Thursday after diplomats from the isolated Asian country disrupted statements by North Korean defectors on human rights abuses at an event at the United Nations.

Three North Korean diplomats attended the U.S. and South Korean panel on human rights in North Korea, and one began unexpectedly delivering a statement after defector Joseph Kim spoke about his father dying of starvation and enduring a childhood of poverty and hunger.

Apr 29, 2015

UN Libya envoy says ‘difficult to be optimistic’ about peace deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Libya mediator said on Wednesday it was “difficult to be optimistic” a peace deal could be reached, but the aim was to try and broker agreement on a unity government before the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan starts in mid-June.

The mediator, Bernardino Leon, briefed the U.N. Security Council on the conflict on Wednesday. Two governments – one in the east, the other in Tripoli – are fighting for control of the North African state, four years after the ouster of leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Apr 28, 2015

Europe seeks to reassure Libya over plans to stem migrant flow

UNITED NATIONS, April 28 (Reuters) – The European Union
sought to reassure Libya on Tuesday that any action being
considered by the 28-nation bloc to stem the deadly flow of
migrants across the Mediterranean should not be perceived as an
attack against the Libyan people.

After up to 900 people drowned trying to reach Europe from
Libya last week, EU leaders tripled a naval search mission and
agreed to “undertake systematic efforts to identify, capture and
destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers.”

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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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