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Jul 20, 2015

U.N. Security Council endorses Iran nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to re-impose U.N. penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the historic agreement.

The 15-member body unanimously adopted a resolution that was negotiated as part of the agreement reached in Vienna last week between Iran and the world’s major powers.

Jul 15, 2015

Libya blames UN council for hampering bid to fight Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS, July 15 (Reuters) – Libya accused the United
Nations Security Council on Wednesday of hampering its terrorism
fight, while the U.N. envoy to Libya said the growing threat of
Islamic State could only be tackled once warring parties agree
on a government of national unity.

Libyan U.N. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi complained that the
Security Council Libya sanctions committee had not responded to
its March request to import weapons, tanks, jets and helicopters
to take on Islamic State militants and monitor its borders.

Jul 15, 2015

U.N. likely to vote on Iran nuclear deal next week: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council is likely to vote next week on a resolution to endorse the Iran nuclear deal and terminate targeted sanctions, but retain an arms embargo and ballistic missile technology ban, diplomats said.

The United States will circulate the draft resolution to the 15-member Security Council on Wednesday, U.N. diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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.

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