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Mar 11, 2011

New U.N. Libya envoy says ready to meet all parties

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A new U.N. special envoy for Libya who will travel to Tripoli this weekend said on Friday he was ready to meet all parties in Libya to try to end the violence in the north African country.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, presenting envoy Abdelilah Al-Khatib to media, said the main challenge facing him would be humanitarian but he would also deal with “the broader dimension of this crisis, including political issues.”

Mar 10, 2011

Somali Islamists could grab tankers for attacks: PM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Somali pirates and Islamists are learning from each other and al Qaeda could hijack oil tankers to be used in September 11-style attacks, Somalia’s prime minister said Thursday.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told a U.N. Security Council debate on Somalia his embattled nation faced “two evils, the scourge of piracy and the plague of terrorism” with common roots in lawlessness, poverty and religious fanaticism.

Mar 9, 2011

Q+A: Why do some U.N. resolutions take so long?

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Britain and France are drafting a U.N. Security Council resolution that would impose a no-fly zone over Libya, but council approval of such a resolution, if it happens, could be some way off, envoys say.

Passage of council resolutions can be a long-drawn-out business for one simple reason — the 15-nation body was devised to represent all the world’s big powers and regions, whose interests have to be respected. But if the world is united, resolutions can pass through the council quickly.

Mar 1, 2011

U.N. assembly suspends Libya from human rights body

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday unanimously suspended Libya’s membership in the U.N. Human Rights Council because of violence by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi against protesters.

The resolution was adopted by consensus in the 192-nation General Assembly on the basis of a recommendation from the 47-member Geneva-based council, the principal U.N. rights forum. That body accused Libyan authorities last Friday of “gross and systematic violations of human rights.”

Feb 24, 2011

UN council to look into tougher NKorea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N. Security Council committee has agreed to look into recommendations by experts on tightening sanctions against North Korea even though China is blocking their formal release, diplomats said on Wednesday.

The experts’ special report, sent to the council’s sanctions committee late last month, accuses Pyongyang of violating measures imposed against its nuclear program after North Korea’s 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests.

Feb 24, 2011

U.N. council to look into tougher North Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N. Security Council committee has agreed to look into recommendations by experts on tightening sanctions against North Korea even though China is blocking their formal release, diplomats said on Wednesday.

The experts’ special report, sent to the council’s sanctions committee late last month, accuses Pyongyang of violating measures imposed against its nuclear program after North Korea’s 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests.

Feb 22, 2011

Libyan diplomats turn against Gaddafi

UNITED NATIONS/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Libyan diplomats at the United Nations and several countries broke ranks with the country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi, urging foreign nations on Tuesday to help stop what many called the slaughter of anti-government protesters.

Gaddafi’s forces have cracked down fiercely on demonstrators demanding an end to his 41-year rule, with fighting spreading to the capital Tripoli after erupting in Libya’s oil-producing east last week. Human rights groups say at least 233 people have been killed.

Feb 22, 2011

Libyan diplomats turn against Gaddafi, seek foreign help

UNITED NATIONS/KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Libyan
diplomats at the United Nations and several countries broke
ranks with the country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi, urging on
Tuesday foreign nations to help stop what many called the
slaughter of anti-government protesters.

Gaddafi’s forces have cracked down fiercely on demonstrators
demanding an end to his 41-year rule, with fighting spreading to
the capital Tripoli after erupting in Libya’s oil-producing east
last week. Human rights groups say at least 233 people have been
killed.

Feb 21, 2011

Libyan U.N. mission urges Gaddafi’s downfall

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Diplomats at Libya’s mission to the United Nations sided on Monday with the revolt against their country’s leader and called on the Libyan army to help overthrow “the tyrant Muammar Gaddafi.”

In a statement issued as protests erupted across Libya, the mission’s deputy chief and other staff said they were serving the Libyan people, demanded “the removal of the regime immediately” and urged other Libyan embassies to follow suit.

Feb 18, 2011

Food price rises bring risk of new riots: France

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – France’s agriculture minister warned the United Nations on Thursday that food riots like those of three years ago could break out around the world because of steep rises in food prices.

Bruno Le Maire was addressing the General Assembly after the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reported earlier this month that its food price index rose for the seventh month in a row in January to reach its highest level on record.

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      "Patrick Worsnip covers the New York-based activities of the United Nations. He joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 1971 and has had postings in Rome, Moscow, Warsaw, Tehran, Beirut and Washington as well as serving as London-based diplomatic correspondent and as an editor-in-charge on the London World Desk."
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