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Jun 4, 2015

U.N. mulls blacklisting two Libyans to help political talks

UNITED NATIONS, June 4 (Reuters) – The United States,
France, Spain and Britain have proposed that the United Nations
Security Council blacklist two men linked to rival
administrations in Libya, in hopes that doing so will help
U.N.-led talks aimed at forming a unity government to end the
power struggle.

The talks brokered by U.N. envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon
resumed on Wednesday in Algiers on a draft proposal for a unity
government for the war-ravaged North African state before a
broader meeting expected in Morocco next week.

Jun 4, 2015

Yemen’s Houthis agree to talks as Arab bombing reportedly kills 40

SANAA/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Yemen’s dominant Houthis agreed on Thursday to join United Nations-backed peace talks in Geneva planned for June 14, a day after their opponents in the exiled government confirmed their attendance.

A Saudi-led coalition of Arab states has been bombing Houthi forces, the strongest faction in Yemen’s civil war, for over two months in an attempt to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Saudi Arabia. Around 2,000 people have been killed and half a million displaced by the fighting.

Jun 3, 2015

Bid to gain UN approval for EU migrant mission ‘paused’ – diplomats

UNITED NATIONS, June 3 (Reuters) – Work on a United Nations
Security Council resolution authorizing a European Union naval
mission to stem the deadly flow of migrants across the
Mediterranean has been put on hold until Libya consents to the
operation, diplomats said on Wednesday.

The 28-nation bloc wants to capture smugglers and dismantle
their boats to help it tackle the rising number of migrants
fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East. But it
needs Libyan consent and also wants U.N. authorization to allow
it to operate in Libyan territorial waters and coastal areas.

May 19, 2015

U.N. envoy warns Gaza is ‘desperate and angry’ over devastation

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Middle East envoy warned on Tuesday that the people of the Gaza Strip are desperate and angry about their plight and that it is up to Israel and Palestinian authorities to prevent an implosion of the Mediterranean enclave.

In a briefing to the U.N. Security Council, Nickolay Mladenov described his shock at the devastation in Gaza after last year’s 50-day war between Hamas militants and Israel.

May 19, 2015

U.N. envoy warns Gaza is ‘desperate and angry’ over devastation

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Middle East envoy warned on Tuesday that the people of the Gaza Strip are desperate and angry about their plight and that it is up to Israel and Palestinian authorities to prevent an implosion of the Mediterranean enclave.

In a briefing to the U.N. Security Council, Nickolay Mladenov described his shock at the devastation in Gaza after last year’s 50-day war between Hamas militants and Israel.

May 13, 2015

Yemen warns Iran to blame for any incident sparked by cargo ship

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Yemen warned on Wednesday that if Iran does not allow a cargo ship bound for the Arabian Peninsula with a military escort to be searched, then Tehran “bears complete responsibility for any incident that arises from their attempt to enter Yemeni waters.”

Iran said earlier on Wednesday it would not allow Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces to inspect the ship, which it says is carrying humanitarian aid. The ship left Iran on Monday under escort by Iranian warships.

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.

    • 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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