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Aug 26, 2011

U.N.’s Ban says Abuja bomb toll likely considerable

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned Friday’s car bomb attack on U.N. offices in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and said the casualty toll would likely be “considerable,” although he had no exact figures.

In a statement to reporters, he said he was sending his deputy, Asha-Rose Migiro, to Nigeria immediately to meet officials in Abuja. Migiro, who is Tanzanian, will be accompanied by U.N. security chief Gregory Starr.

Aug 23, 2011

All of Libya will be liberated in 72 hours: U.N. envoy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound is fully controlled by opposition fighters and the country will be liberated within 72 hours, Libyan U.N. envoy Ibrahim Dabbashi said on Tuesday.

Gaddafi’s stronghold is “totally in the hands of the revolutionaries,” Dabbashi, a key figure in the Libyan opposition movement, said at Libya’s U.N. mission in New York shortly after the rebels entered the compound in Tripoli.

Aug 17, 2011

Eritrea: Ethiopia makes “frenzied” sanctions drive

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Eritrea accused rival
Ethiopia on Wednesday of a “frenzied campaign” to impose new
U.N. Security Council sanctions on Asmara in a bid to topple
the Eritrean government and secure access to the sea.

Ethiopia dismissed the Eritrean charge as an attempt to
divert attention from Asmara’s failure to abide by council
resolutions.

Aug 4, 2011

Sudan delayed U.N. Medivac flight: U.N. official

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Sudan government forces threatened to shoot at a Medivac helicopter trying to evacuate three badly wounded U.N. peacekeepers from the disputed Abyei region, delaying its take-off for three hours, a top U.N. official said on Thursday.

The three Ethiopian blue-helmets subsequently died, U.N. peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy told reporters.

Aug 4, 2011

U.N. council statement condemns use of force by Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – In its first substantive action on Syria’s five-month-old uprising, the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday overcame deep divisions and condemned Damascus’ bloody crackdown on civilian protesters.

The only dissenter in the council was Lebanon, where Syrian influence is strong. Beirut disassociated itself from a formal statement, agreed by the other 14 members, that backers said helped to isolate the Syrian leadership.

Aug 3, 2011

U.N. council draft statement condemns Syrian force

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A draft U.N. Security Council statement that could be adopted on Wednesday would condemn human rights violations and use of force against civilians by Syrian authorities, council diplomats said.

They said the Western-drafted statement had been “substantially agreed upon” by the council and was being referred to member states’ governments for approval. If there were no objections it was expected to be read out by the council president later in the day, they said.

Aug 2, 2011

UN Security Council revives Syria debate

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Reacting to new bloodshed in Syria, European powers relaunched a dormant draft U.N. resolution to condemn Damascus for its crackdown on protesters, circulating a revised text to the Security Council at a meeting on Monday.

Following the hour-long closed-door meeting, several diplomats said that after months of deadlock over Syria in the council, the fresh violence appeared to be pushing the divided members toward some form of reaction.

Aug 1, 2011

U.N. Security Council set to meet Monday on Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – European powers revived a dormant draft U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria for a bloody crackdown on protesters and planned to circulate a revised text at a council meeting later on Monday, diplomats said.

Germany requested the closed-door meeting after rights groups said Syrian troops had killed 80 people on Sunday when they stormed the city of Hama to crush protests amid a five-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Jul 29, 2011

U.N. adds Pakistani Taliban to sanctions list

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations on Friday slapped sanctions on the Pakistani Taliban — thought to be behind last year’s failed bombing attempt on New York’s Times Square — for having links with al Qaeda.

The U.N. Security Council said its sanctions committee dealing with al Qaeda had imposed an assets freeze as well as a travel ban and arms embargo on the Pakistani group, also known by its Urdu name of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP.

Jul 20, 2011

West, Russia divided on U.N. council climate role

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Western nations clashed with Russia and developing countries on Wednesday over whether climate change was a security matter meriting the attention of the Security Council, the most powerful U.N. body.

Diplomats said Russia initially blocked the adoption of a statement on the issue by the 15-nation council, but later agreed to a revised, weakly worded text that spoke of the “possible security implications” of climate change.

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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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