UNITED NATIONS, Feb 6 (Reuters) – The United Nations
Security Council appears set to ban all trade in antiquities
from war-torn Syria and threaten sanctions on anyone buying oil
from Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants or
paying kidnap ransoms to the groups.
The United States worked with its veto-wielding counterparts
on the council – Russia, China, Britain and France – to draft a
resolution that was to be circulated to the remaining members of
the 15-nation council on Friday, a U.S. official said.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the U.N. Security Council for 1,030 more peacekeepers for Central African Republic after the mission was left overstretched when infrastructure and senior officials needed to be protected in the capital, Bangui.
Ban wants an additional 750 troops and 280 police, which would take the mandated strength of the peacekeeping operation to nearly 13,000 uniformed personnel. The 15-member Security Council is due to renew the mandate of the mission in April.