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Jan 9, 2012

Internet body says name expansion won’t hurt United Nations

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Internet domain name regulators on Monday played down fears by the United Nations and other international bodies that a planned expansion of possible Website addresses could cause them problems, saying safeguards were in place.

The world body, the International Monetary Fund and 26 other organizations last month wrote to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, asking it to stop addresses like “.un” or “.imf” from being seized by “cybersquatters.”

Dec 16, 2011

U.N. sanctions lifted on Libya’s central bank

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council lifted sanctions on Libya’s central bank and a subsidiary on Friday, clearing the way for tens of billions of dollars they hold overseas to be unfrozen to ease an acute cash crisis.

The Central Bank of Libya and the Libyan Foreign Bank (LFB), an offshore institution wholly owned by the central bank, were taken off the council’s sanctions list drawn up earlier this year amid civil war in the Arab state.

Dec 15, 2011

Russian draft offers hope of U.N. Syria resolution

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia offered a new, beefed-up draft resolution on the violence in Syria to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, and Western countries said for the first time they were willing to negotiate over it.

Although Western envoys said the Russian text was too weak, their readiness to work on it offered a chance for the Security Council to overcome its deadlock and issue the 15-nation panel’s first resolution on Syria’s bloody nine-month-old crackdown on opposition protesters.

Dec 14, 2011

Libya Central Bank expected to have sanctions lifted

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Libya’s central bank and a subsidiary are expected to have U.N. sanctions against them lifted on Friday in a move to ease a cash crunch since the country’s civil war ended, diplomats said on Wednesday.

They said the Central Bank of Libya and the Libyan Foreign Bank (LFB), an offshore institution wholly owned by the central bank, would be taken off the Security Council’s sanctions list unless there were objections from council members.

Dec 14, 2011

Security Council puts pressure on Cypriots for deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council threw its weight on Wednesday behind a push by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to clinch a Cyprus deal, urging the rival parties to speed up talks and be more constructive.

Following talks with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, Ban last month called them to a summit in January to settle the decades-old conflict on the divided Mediterranean island that is harming Turkey’s bid to join the European Union.

Dec 13, 2011

U.N. rights chief Pillay says Syria toll over 5,000

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The death toll in Syria’s nine-month crackdown on an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad has now passed 5,000, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay told the Security Council on Monday.

The figure represents a sharp increase over the more than 4,000 that she cited just 10 days ago.

Dec 2, 2011

UN council waters down Eritrea sanctions resolution

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 2 (Reuters) – A resolution tightening
sanctions on Eritrea, expected to be passed by the U.N.
Security Council next week, has been watered down and no longer
bans investment in the country’s promising mining sector.

In an unusual arrangement, Eritrean President Isaias
Afewerki has been invited to address the council on Monday
morning but not to take part in a session in the afternoon
scheduled to pass the resolution, diplomats said on Friday.

Nov 29, 2011

U.N. committee sanctions Congo militia chief

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N. Security Council committee has imposed sanctions on a Congolese militia leader allegedly implicated in a highly publicized mass rape case last year, the committee said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, 35, is commander-in-chief of the political wing of the Mai Mai Sheka, one of several armed groups active in the lawless east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He reportedly is running for parliament in the country’s current elections.

Nov 23, 2011

Libya’s ex-rebels hold 7,000 detainees: U.N. chief

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Libya’s former rebels are holding some 7,000 detainees, many of them sub-Saharan Africans, without access to due legal process after the country’s civil war, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said in a new report.

Ban cited reports that some detainees had been tortured, that some people had been targeted because of their skin color, that women were held under male supervision without female guards and that children were being detained alongside adults.

Nov 23, 2011

Yemen’s Saleh to get medical treatment in NY: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has told U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon he will come to New York for medical treatment immediately after signing a deal that would ease him out of power, Ban said on Wednesday.

The U.N. secretary-general told reporters the Yemeni leader told him of the trip during a telephone conversation on Tuesday. Saleh arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and, according to a live television broadcast, signed the deal brokered by Gulf states.

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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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