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Jul 28, 2015

U.N. aid chief says no warring parties observed Yemen truce

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations aid chief Stephen O’Brien said on Tuesday none of the warring parties in Yemen had observed a humanitarian pause in fighting announced by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces and accused both sides of failing to respect international law.

The Arab coalition, which has been bombing Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen for four months, had said a five-day truce would start on Sunday to allow in emergency aid amid severe shortages of fuel, food and medicine.

Jul 28, 2015

Top U.S. general urges countries to bolster U.N. peacekeeping

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United Nations needs rapid response forces, equipment and training to bolster peacekeeping, the United States’ top general said on Tuesday ahead of President Barack Obama’s planned summit of world leaders in September to win new commitments.

Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power met with dozens U.N. ambassadors and military advisors in New York at the 69th Regiment Armory.

Jul 28, 2015

United Nations warns Turkey against calling buffer a ‘safe zone’

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations aid chief Stephen O’Brien warned Turkey on Tuesday against calling its planned buffer in northern Syria “a safe zone” unless there is a guarantee of protection for civilians who are likely to flood the area for help.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that a “secure zone” would pave the way for the return of 1.7 million Syria refugees currently sheltering in Turkey after fleeing their country’s four-year civil war.

Jul 24, 2015

UN to vote on MH17 tribunal; Russia says likely to block

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 said on
Friday it was likely to block the move.

Malaysia last month circulated a draft resolution to form
the tribunal. Russia last week proposed a rival text that
demands justice for the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight
MH17, but does not establish a tribunal.

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.

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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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