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Feb 26, 2015

N.Korea shipping firm skirts sanctions by renaming ships -UN panel

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North
Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid
to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in
violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N.
experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea,
which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also
said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy
Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and
ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 25, 2015

Exclusive: Sanctioned North Korea shipping firm still active, renamed ships – U.N. panel

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N. experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea, which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 25, 2015

Sanctioned N.Korea shipping firm still active, renamed ships -UN panel

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North
Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid
to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in
violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N.
experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea,
which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also
said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy
Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and
ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 24, 2015

Rights group calls for UN arms embargo on Syria over barrel bombs

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – A U.S.-based human rights
group accused the Syrian government on Tuesday of indiscriminate
aerial attacks, most with barrel bombs, that have killed
thousands of civilians in the past 11 months, and called for an
United Nations arms embargo.

Human Rights Watch said Syrian forces carried out at least
1,450 air attacks in southwestern Daraa and northern Aleppo.

Feb 24, 2015

Rights group accuses Syria government of some 1,450 air attacks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.S.-based human rights group accused the Syrian government on Tuesday of launching aerial attacks that have killed or injured thousands of civilians in the past 11 months of the country’s four-year civil war.

Human Rights Watch said Syria carried out at least 1,450 indiscriminate attacks from the air, often using barrel bombs, which are containers packed with explosives and projectiles that are dropped from helicopters.

Feb 19, 2015

Britain says Libya needs unity gov’t before arms embargo changes

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Britain said on Thursday that Libya needed a unified government before the United Nations Security Council could change an arms embargo in order to better equip Libya’s military to combat Islamic State and other militants.

Council member Jordan had circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member body on Wednesday, obtained by Reuters, that would remove conditions on the import of weapons by Libya’s government and push for it to be supplied “necessary security assistance.”

Feb 18, 2015

Libya and Egypt ask U.N. to lift arms embargo to fight Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Libya and Egypt asked the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to lift an arms embargo on Libya and help it build the army so it can tackle Islamic State and other extremist groups.

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Dayri addressed the council after U.N. special envoy Bernardino Leon told the group that Islamic State and other militants in Libya can only be defeated with a united government in place that has strong international support.

Feb 17, 2015

Syria willing to suspend Aleppo air strikes for six weeks: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations mediator on Syria told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that the government was willing to suspend its aerial bombardment of the northern city of Aleppo to allow for a local ceasefire to be piloted, diplomats said.

Staffan de Mistura told the council he would travel to Syria to discuss it further and gave no indication of when such a suspension might start, said diplomats attending the closed door meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Feb 17, 2015

U.N. Security Council calls for Ukraine fighting to stop

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called on all parties in eastern Ukraine to stop fighting and implement a European-brokered peace deal as an almost three-day-old ceasefire rapidly began to unravel.

Russia drafted a resolution, adopted unanimously by the 15-member council, in a move that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, described as “ironic” given the rebels fighting in eastern Ukraine are backed by Moscow.

Feb 17, 2015

Iraq tells United Nations that Islamic State committed genocide

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iraq told the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that Islamic State militants have committed genocide.

“These terrorist groups have desecrated all human values. They have committed the most heinous criminal terrorist acts against the Iraqi people whether Shi’ite, Sunni, Christians, Turkmen, Shabak or Yazidis,” Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said.

    • About Michelle

      "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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