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Jul 24, 2015

Turkey justifies Syria air strikes in letter to United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Turkey told the United Nations on Friday that it had started conducting air strikes in Syria against Islamic State militants because the Syrian government was neither capable or willing to tackle the radical Islamist group.

Turkey has faced increasing cross-border violence along its 900-km (560-mile) frontier with Syria, where Islamic State militants have taken advantage of a more than four-year long civil war to seize swathes of territory.

Jul 24, 2015

UN vote Wednesday on MH17 tribunal, Russia likely to block -diplomats

UNITED NATIONS, July 24 (Reuters) – The United Nations
Security Council is due to vote on Wednesday on a bid for an
international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a
passenger airliner last year in Ukraine, but Russia is likely to
block the move, diplomats said.

It is a joint proposal by Malaysia – a member of the council
- Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine and foreign
ministers from those countries are expected to attend the
planned vote on Wednesday, diplomats said.

Jul 24, 2015

Kerry to talk with Russia on Islamic State fight and role Iran might play

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that he planned to discuss combating Islamic State militants in Syria and what role Iran could play when he meets with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Qatar in coming weeks.

Kerry told the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in New York that “we have to change the dynamic in Syria” to kill off radical Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in swathes of territory it has seized in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 20, 2015

Key U.N. body overturns accreditation rejection of U.S.-based NGO

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A key United Nations body granted accreditation on Monday to civil society organization Freedom Now, overturning an earlier rejection of an application by the U.S.-based group that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide.

Last month the 19-member U.N. Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations rejected Freedom Now’s bid for consultative status at the world body. The 54-member Economic and Social Council, which oversees the NGO committee, overturned the decision.

Jul 20, 2015

Russia makes rival UN move on MH17 probe after dismissing tribunal bid

UNITED NATIONS, July 20 (Reuters) – Russia is pushing for a
greater U.N. role in an investigation into what caused the
downing of a passenger plane in eastern Ukraine after dismissing
a proposal by Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and
Ukraine for a U.N.-backed tribunal.

Led by the Dutch, the countries are conducting a criminal
inquiry into Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and circulated a
draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council earlier this month
that would create a tribunal to prosecute those responsible.

Jul 20, 2015

U.N. Council backs Iran nuclear deal but Tehran hardliners object

UNITED NATIONS/DUBAI, July 20 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security
Council on Monday backed Iran’s nuclear agreement with world
powers but the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards attacked
the resolution, underlining powerful opposition to the deal.

U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the United Nations
endorsement, saying it showed last week’s accord commanded broad
international support as the best way of ensuring Iran never
gets nuclear weapons.

Jul 20, 2015

U.N. Security Council endorses Iran nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to re-impose U.N. penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the historic agreement.

The 15-member body unanimously adopted a resolution that was negotiated as part of the agreement reached in Vienna last week between Iran and the world’s major powers.

Jul 15, 2015

Libya blames UN council for hampering bid to fight Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS, July 15 (Reuters) – Libya accused the United
Nations Security Council on Wednesday of hampering its terrorism
fight, while the U.N. envoy to Libya said the growing threat of
Islamic State could only be tackled once warring parties agree
on a government of national unity.

Libyan U.N. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi complained that the
Security Council Libya sanctions committee had not responded to
its March request to import weapons, tanks, jets and helicopters
to take on Islamic State militants and monitor its borders.

Jul 15, 2015

U.N. likely to vote on Iran nuclear deal next week: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council is likely to vote next week on a resolution to endorse the Iran nuclear deal and terminate targeted sanctions, but retain an arms embargo and ballistic missile technology ban, diplomats said.

The United States will circulate the draft resolution to the 15-member Security Council on Wednesday, U.N. diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Jul 14, 2015

UN drops demand for Congo to replace generals accused of abuses

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations has dropped a demand for two Democratic Republic of Congo generals accused of human rights abuses to be replaced before U.N. peacekeepers can resume cooperation with the Congolese army on operations against a Rwandan rebel group.

Martin Kobler, head of the U.N. mission in Congo, said talks continued with the government on working jointly to tackle the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels in the country’s east, but that the two generals still remain in place.

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