Category Archives: United Nations

UN urges enforcement of Libyan arms embargo to curb fighting

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging all countries to implement an arms embargo against Libya, saying preventing the proliferation of weapons is important to de-escalate the current fighting and restore stability in the country. Continue reading

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UN aid chief fears northwest Syria ‘humanitarian nightmare’

The U.N. humanitarian chief says his worst fears that a full-scale military onslaught in northwestern Syria would “unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any we have seen” in Syria are now coming true. Continue reading

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Russia challenges chemical watchdog on naming perpetrators

Russia is seeking Security Council approval for a resolution that challenges the global chemical weapons watchdog for setting up an investigative team with the power to name perpetrators of chemical attacks. Continue reading

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Burkina Faso minister warns terrorists gain ground in Sahel

The foreign minister of Burkina Faso is warning that terrorist activity in Africa’s volatile Sahel region is gaining ground and there is “a very real risk” of destabilizing the whole region. Continue reading

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UN envoy urges new pullouts from Yemen ports and peace steps

The U.N. envoy for Yemen is urging the country’s warring parties to maintain the momentum of the initial pullout of Houthi rebel forces from three port areas. Continue reading

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UN humanitarian chief says 4.3 million in Cameroon need aid

The U.N. humanitarian chief says Cameroon is facing worsening violence and conflict and the number of people needing humanitarian assistance has increased 30 percent from last year to 4.3 million people. Continue reading

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UN to report Tuesday on rebel withdrawals from 3 Yemen ports

The United Nations says it will report Tuesday on whether rebel forces in Yemen carried out a first step in the redeployment of forces from three key ports in Yemen and is moving ahead to discuss the issues of management and use of revenues from the po… Continue reading

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US: Agreement will be tough at 2020 nuclear treaty review

The final preparatory meeting for next year’s review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty has ended with deep divisions, and U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood says reaching agreement at the 2020 conference “will be an incredibly difficult task.” Continue reading

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Otto Warmbier’s father calls Kim Jong Un ‘criminal Kim’

The father of American college student Otto Warmbier who died soon after being sent home from North Korea in a vegetative state says Kim Jong Un should be called “criminal Kim” — not “chairman Kim” which “makes me sick.” Continue reading

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US and Palestinians clash over US plan for peace with Israel

A key architect of the long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace has lashed out at the U.N.’s “anti-Israel bias” while urging support for the Trump administration’s “vision” — but the Palestinian foreign minister dismissed the American peace… Continue reading

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UN Syria commission: Conflict in Idlib could be catastrophe

The head of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria is warning that an all-out conflict in the last major rebel stronghold in Idlib province “could generate an unimaginable human rights and humanitarian catastrophe.” Continue reading

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ICC prosecutor addresses UN despite US visa ban

The U.S. revocation of a visa for International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has not hindered her from coming to the United Nations to address the Security Council. Continue reading

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UN says 443 dead and 2,110 injured in Tripoli offensive

The U.N. health agency says 443 people have died and 2,110 have been wounded in violence in Libya’s capital since the head of the self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive against Tripoli last month. Continue reading

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UN launches new program to disrupt terrorist fighter travels

The U.N. Office of Counter-Terrorism is launching a new program to help countries detect and disrupt travel by foreigners who have fought for extremist groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaida. Continue reading

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UN honors 115 peacekeepers and staff who lost their lives

The United Nations has honored 115 U.N. peacekeepers and staff from 43 countries who lost their lives working for the global organization, standing in silent tribute to their sacrifice at a memorial service. Continue reading

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African Union and UN support civilian-led Sudan transition

The African Union and the United Nations say they are supporting a civilian-led transitional government in Sudan following last month’s overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir. Continue reading

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UN experts: South Sudan security service works outside law

U.N. experts say South Sudan’s National Security Service has been operating outside the law and poses “a significant threat” to last September’s fragile peace agreement, including by allegedly killing two government critics and arresting others. Continue reading

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UN says 1.7 million Somalis will face major food insecurity

The U.N. estimates 1.7 million people in Somalia will “face crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity until June” after a second consecutive bad rainy season caused livestock losses and failed crops. Continue reading

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UN: Clashes in Libya’s capital are hampering aid, evacuation

The U.N. says armed clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli along with random shelling and explosives placed on roads are hampering the evacuation of civilians and the delivery of aid. Continue reading

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UN welcomes momentum on Western Sahara, but parties at odds

The U.N. Security Council has approved a resolution welcoming “the new momentum” in efforts to end the decades-old dispute over the mineral-rich Western Sahara, but Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front remain at odds over its future. Continue reading

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