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Aug 19, 2015

U.S. to propose U.N. arms embargo on S.Sudan – diplomat

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The United States will
propose on Wednesday implementing a United Nations arms embargo
on South Sudan and further targeted sanctions from Sept. 1
unless President Salva Kiir signs a peace deal to end a 20-month
conflict, a diplomat said.

A draft resolution was due to be circulated to the 15
members of the U.N. Security Council shortly, the diplomat said,
speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that the plan was to
vote on the text before the end of the month.

Aug 19, 2015

U.N.’s Central Africa force hit by new allegations of rape

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations’ troubled peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic has been hit with new allegations of rape by peacekeepers, including one underage victim, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Last week the head of the Central African Republic (CAR) mission, known as MINUSCA, was sacked after a series of allegations of sexual abuse and excessive use of force by peacekeepers. MINUSCA chief Babacar Gaye was replaced by Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, who was named the mission’s acting chief.

Aug 13, 2015

U.N. Security Council to meet on Islamic State gay attacks

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Two men, one Iraqi and
one Syrian, targeted by Islamic State for being gay will brief
the United Nations Security Council on their experience as part
of a bid by the United States and Chile to draw attention to the
“brutal attacks” by the militant group.

Islamic State has declared a caliphate in swathes of
territory it has seized across Iraq and Syria. The United
Nations and rights groups say the militants rape and kill women,
recruit child soldiers and attack religious minorities.

Aug 12, 2015

Head of scandal-hit U.N. Central Africa force resigns: U.N. chief

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic has resigned after a fresh round of allegations of sexual abuse and excessive use of force by peacekeepers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday.

“Today I have accepted the resignation of my special representative Mr. Babacar Gaye, head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA,” Ban told reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Aug 11, 2015

No automatic return of sanctions if Iran breaks arms embargo: Kerry

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Violations of an arms embargo by Iran or restrictions on its missile program would not force an automatic reinstatement or “snapback” of United Nations sanctions under a landmark nuclear deal, although other options would be available, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

“The arms embargo is not tied to snapback,” Kerry said. “It is tied to a separate set of obligations. So they are not in material breach of the nuclear agreement for violating the arms piece of it.”

Aug 6, 2015

U.N. vote likely Friday on Syria gas attacks blame: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council is likely to vote on Friday on a U.S. proposal to ask U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and the global chemical weapons watchdog to assemble a team of investigators to lay blame for toxic gas attacks in Syria, diplomats said.

Attributing responsibility for chemical weapons attacks would pave the way for action by the 15-member Security Council. The body has already threatened consequences for such attacks, which could include sanctions.

Aug 3, 2015

Sudan says Bashir plans to speak at U.N. summit in New York

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes and genocide charges, is planning to travel to New York in September to speak at the United Nations, Sudan’s deputy U.N. envoy said on Monday.

A provisional U.N. agenda for a sustainable development summit lists the Sudanese head of state as scheduled to speak on Sept. 26. The summit is due to formally adopt a plan for the world’s sustainable development over the next 15 years.

Jul 30, 2015

U.N. tackles illicit wildlife poaching amid Cecil the lion uproar

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday called on all countries to step up their efforts to tackle illicit poaching and trafficking in wildlife amid global uproar over the unlawful killing of “Cecil” the lion in Zimbabwe.

The 193-member General Assembly adopted its first resolution on the issue following a two-year campaign by Germany and Gabon.

Jul 29, 2015

Russia vetoes bid to set up tribunal for downed flight MH17

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council draft resolution on Wednesday that would have set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine.

Eleven countries on the 15-member council voted in favor of the proposal by Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine, while three countries abstained: China, Angola and Venezuela.

Jul 29, 2015

U.N. mediator proposes Syria working groups on issues in conflict

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations mediator in Syria’s civil war proposed on Wednesday inviting Syrians to take part in U.N.-led working groups to sort out four big issues, since the warring parties were not ready to hold formal peace talks.

Mediator Staffan de Mistura told the U.N. Security Council the groups would address safety and protection, political and constitutional issues, military and security issues, and public institutions.

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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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