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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.

Jul 13, 2015

U.N. chief disappointed Yemen humanitarian pause in fighting didn’t take hold

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “very much disappointed” that a humanitarian pause in fighting in Yemen didn’t take hold, his spokesman said on Monday, after Saudi Arabia did not recognize the truce and continued air strikes.

A Saudi-led coalition of Arab states has been bombing the Iranian-allied Houthi rebel movement and army forces loyal to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh since late March in a bid to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.

Jul 10, 2015

Pledges of $3.4 bln for Ebola recovery made at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS, July 10 (Reuters) – Some $3.4 billion in
pledges were made at the United Nations on Friday to help
Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea stamp out Ebola and begin
rebuilding health systems and economies devastated by the worst
outbreak on record of the deadly hemorrhagic fever.

The United Nations had said that $3.2 billion was needed to
support the three states’ national recovery plans for the next
two years. Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had said $4
billion was needed to cover a separate sub-regional plan.

Jul 9, 2015

Malaysia moves on MH17 tribunal plan at U.N., Russia dismisses

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Malaysia has asked the United Nations Security Council to set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine, but Russia dismissed the move on Thursday.

Malaysia, a member of the 15-member council, distributed a draft resolution late on Wednesday, which it hoped could be adopted later this month, diplomats said. It is a joint proposal by Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine.

Jul 9, 2015

U.N. council mulls creating team to assign Syria gas attacks blame

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council is considering asking U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the global chemical weapons watchdog to assemble a team of investigators to identify who is responsible for toxic gas attacks in Syria.

The United States on Thursday circulated a draft resolution on the measure to the 15-member council, diplomats said, after more than two months of bilateral talks with Russia on how to attribute blame for chemical weapons attacks.

Jul 9, 2015

U.N. expects Yemen fighting to halt from Friday until Ramadan ends

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations said it expects an unconditional week-long humanitarian pause in the fighting in Yemen to start on Friday to allow the delivery of assistance to some of the 21 million people in need.

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab states has been bombing the Iranian-allied Houthi rebel movement since late March in a bid to restore to power Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh.

Jul 8, 2015

U.N. peacekeeping chief pushes for South Sudan arms embargo

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous pushed the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and to blacklist more rival leaders in the war-torn country, where he sees little prospect of a political solution.

As the world’s newest state marks four years of independence from Sudan, Ladsous briefed the council behind closed doors after the United Nations accused government forces of sexually abusing women and girls and reportedly burning some alive.

Jul 8, 2015

Russia blocks U.N. condemnation of Srebrenica as a genocide

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Wednesday that would have condemned the Srebrenica massacre as a genocide to mark the 20th anniversary of the killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

China, Nigeria, Angola and Venezuela abstained and the remaining 10 members of the council voted in favor. The vote was delayed a day as Britain and the United States tried to persuade Russia not to veto the resolution, which would have also condemned denial of the 1995 massacre as a genocide.

Jul 7, 2015

U.N. Srebrenica vote delayed in bid to avoid Russia veto: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N. Security Council vote on a resolution to condemn the Srebrenica massacre as genocide, marking the 20th anniversary of the mass killing, has been delayed until Wednesday as Britain and the United States try to convince Russia not to veto the commemoration, diplomats said.

Russia has deemed the British-drafted resolution unbalanced and does not want the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys described as genocide. Instead it proposed condemning “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.”

Jul 6, 2015

Air attack possible lead in 1961 U.N. chief plane crash: inquiry

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A United Nations inquiry into a 1961 plane crash that killed then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold found that new information pointing to an aerial attack or threat bringing down the aircraft warrants further investigation.

Hammarskjold – a Swede elected as the world body’s second chief in 1953 – was killed along with 15 others while on his way to broker a truce in Katanga in what is now Democratic Republic of Congo. The plane crashed in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia.

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