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Jun 23, 2015

Assad troops and rebels targeting civilians in Syria: UN

GENEVA (Reuters) – Syrian government forces have dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo nearly daily this year, amounting to the war crime of targeting civilians, and insurgent shelling has caused mass casualties, U.N. investigators said on Tuesday.

Both the military and rebel groups, including Islamic State, have imposed sieges to “devastating effect”, depriving residents of food and medicine and leading to malnutrition and starvation, they said in their latest report.

Jun 22, 2015

Israel, Palestinians may have committed war crimes in Gaza: U.N. report

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. investigators said on Monday that Israel and Palestinian militant groups committed grave abuses of international humanitarian law during the 2014 Gaza conflict that may amount to war crimes.

They called on all sides to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has opened a separate preliminary investigation. The Palestinian Authority is expected to make its first formal submission to the Hague-based court this week.

Jun 22, 2015

U.N. to issue findings on war crimes in 2014 Gaza conflict

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations said it would publish on Monday the results of an investigation into war crimes alleged to have been committed by both the Israeli armed forces and Palestinian militants during the 2014 Gaza conflict.

A news conference was scheduled for 1130 GMT in Geneva.

The independent U.N. commission of inquiry, composed of chair Mary McGowan Davis, a former justice of the Supreme Court of New York, and Senegalese lawyer and human rights expert Doudou Diene, was launched a year ago at the request of the Palestinians.

Jun 18, 2015

Melee erupts at Yemen peace talks, underscoring rifts

GENEVA/SANAA (Reuters) – A fistfight erupted on the sidelines of peace talks in Geneva on Thursday between supporters of different warring factions in Yemen, underlining the divisions that have thwarted United Nations efforts broker a truce in the near three-month conflict.

Yemeni opponents of the Houthi forces that drove the government into exile interrupted a news conference by Houthi officials, throwing shoes and insulting them as “criminals” and “dogs” who were “killing the children of south Yemen”.

Jun 17, 2015

WHO says South Korea’s MERS outbreak ‘wake-up call’ as new cases reported

SEOUL/GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) – The World Health
Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday South Korea’s outbreak of
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a “wake-up call” but
does not constitute a global emergency, as the country reported
eight new cases.

A total of 162 people have been infected and 20 people have
died in South Korea’s MERS outbreak, which began last month and
is the largest outside Saudi Arabia.

Jun 17, 2015

Korean MERS outbreak a wake-up call for increasingly mobile world: WHO

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – An outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea shows how easily diseases can spread in a connected world, but is not serious enough to warrant travel bans or other global measures, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Members of the U.N. body’s emergency committee agreed unanimously that the outbreak, while worrying, did not qualify as a public health emergency of international concern – a rating that would have triggered a coordinated, worldwide response.

Jun 16, 2015

Yemeni parties agree need for ceasefire, not yet on details – delegate

GENEVA (Reuters) – Yemen’s warring parties have agreed at U.N.-sponsored peace talks on the need for a ceasefire but the details remain under discussion, a delegate to the discussions said on Tuesday.

The U.N. special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, began shuttle diplomacy in Geneva trying to bridge differences between various political factions. But they still refused to sit at the same table and spelled out clashing agendas.

Jun 16, 2015

Rivals signal defiance as Yemen crisis talks open in Geneva

GENEVA (Reuters) – Warring Yemeni powers signaled mutual hostility at the start of talks on Tuesday aimed at ending a war that has caused a humanitarian disaster, drawn in regional rivals and threatened the Arabian peninsula country with permanent division.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the Geneva discussions on Monday calling for a humanitarian ceasefire with the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Jun 15, 2015

U.N. chief opens Yemen talks, Saudi-led planes bomb capital

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. Chief Ban Ki-moon launched Yemen peace talks in Geneva on Monday with a call for a humanitarian truce as warplanes from a Saudi-led Arab coalition pounded the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa overnight.

More than 2,600 people have been killed since the coalition began military operations in March to stop the Iranian-backed Houthi militia moving on Aden and to shore up embattled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, then in the southern city.

Jun 12, 2015

U.N. envoy to meet Yemen’s warring sides separately at peace talks

GENEVA (Reuters) – A United Nations special envoy will hold separate “proximity” talks with Yemen’s two main warring parties in Geneva on Sunday, in the hope of bringing them to the same table eventually, a U.N. spokesman said on Friday.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has convened the talks, expected to last two or three days, to try to end more than two months of war between Iranian-backed Houthis and forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Saudi Arabia.