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May 8, 2015

U.S. threatens Burundi sanctions, alarmed at arms spread

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States threatened sanctions on Friday on anyone

involved in violence in Burundi against those protesting the president’s bid for a third term and expressed alarm at the spread of weapons among youth militia loyal to the president.

May 7, 2015

Russia says destroying Libya migrant boats ‘going too far’

UNITED NATIONS, May 7 (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday
that Europe should model its planned operations to tackle
migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean from Libya on
anti-piracy patrols in waters off Somalia, but that it would be
too extreme to destroy the boats used.

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 6, 2015

Yemen urges ground intervention to save country: letter to U.N

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Yemen urged the international community “to quickly intervene by land forces to save” the country, specifically in the cities of Aden and Taiz, according to a letter sent to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.

The letter from Yemen’s U.N. Ambassador Khaled Alyemany, seen by Reuters, could provide legal cover for such a move.

May 6, 2015

EU seeks UN approval to seize migrant boats, Russia against destruction

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Europe is seeking United Nations Security Council approval to seize boats used to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean from Libya, though diplomats said Russia has signaled it would not allow destruction of the vessels.

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 5, 2015

Video shows Rwandan peacekeepers shooting protesters in Mali – sources

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Secret footage shows a Rwandan policeman in the blue helmet of a United Nations peacekeeper in Mali earlier this year carefully take aim at a civilian protester, squeeze the trigger and shoot, according to sources who saw the video.

The videotape, taken by a Chinese U.N. peacekeeper who was also at the scene of the violent demonstration, was part of the evidence presented in a U.N. inquiry into the incident which resulted in the Rwandan contingent going home.

May 5, 2015

U.S. wants a UN team to lay blame for Syria gas attacks: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States wants a team of United Nations investigators to determine who is to blame for chemicals weapons attacks in Syria in a bid to pave the way for Security Council action against those responsible, diplomats said on Tuesday.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the United States had given him a draft Security Council resolution on the proposal on Monday, which he sent back to Moscow for study. Russia is an ally of Syria and has protected President Bashar al-Assad from council action during the four-year civil war.

May 1, 2015

Russian U.N. envoy: West, Arab states pay ‘lip service’ on Yemen aid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia criticized Western and Arab members of the U.N. Security Council on Friday for paying “lip service” to humanitarian needs in Yemen after the council was unable to agree on a Russian-drafted statement calling for pauses in fighting to allow delivery of aid.

In the latest sign of increasing tensions between Russia and the West, who are already at odds over Syria and Ukraine, Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said his three-paragraph statement on Yemen was met with a “procrastination reaction.”

May 1, 2015

North Korea says Japan’s New York abduction summit bid to deceive world

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea condemned on Friday plans by Japan to hold a summit in New York on the abduction of Japanese citizens by Pyongyang decades ago, saying the issue had been resolved and accusing Tokyo of escalating a human rights campaign against North Korea.

The denouncement of Japan’s planned Tuesday summit came a day after North Korean diplomats disrupted dissidents speaking at a U.S. and South Korean panel at the United Nations on human rights abuses in the isolated Asian state.

May 1, 2015

North Korea says Japan’s NY abduction summit bid to deceive world

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea condemned on Friday plans by Japan to hold a summit in New York on the abduction of Japanese citizens by Pyongyang decades ago, saying the issue had been resolved and accusing Tokyo of escalating a human rights campaign against North Korea.

The denouncement of Japan’s planned Tuesday summit came a day after North Korean diplomats disrupted dissidents speaking at a U.S. and South Korean panel at the United Nations on human rights abuses in the isolated Asian state.

May 1, 2015

Russia: U.N. Security Council should stay out of Burundi dispute

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday the United Nations Security Council should not intervene in Burundi’s constitutional dispute that has sparked the biggest political crisis in the East African state since an ethnically fuelled civil war ended in 2005.

Diplomats said Russia and China on Thursday blocked a French-drafted council statement on the situation in Burundi, where there has been almost a week of street protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term.

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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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