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Six killed in Libya capital as diplomats debate ceasefire

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Diplomats have long complained that Libyan peace efforts have been stymied by major power backing for the rival sides, with Haftar ally Russia quibbling over the proposed wording of the ceasefire demand

AFTERMATH. Libyans check a street in the capital Tripoli on April 17, 2019 in the aftermath of several rocket attacks the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Pence asks U.N. to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's leader

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Washington will present a draft resolution to the UN Security Council aimed at recognizing Juan Guaido and appointing his representative as the ambassador to the world body

Battle for Tripoli escalates as U.N. prepares to meet

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The violence has already displaced thousands and left several dozen people dead. The UN warns that nearly half a million children in Tripoli are 'at immediate risk.'

BATTLE FOR TRIPOLI. Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord are pictured near a military compound in a suburb of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

U.S. slaps new sanctions on Venezuela regime as Russia ups support

Mar 02, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The US says it's targeting 6 Venezuelan military officers for stopping their aid from coming through the border, while Moscow promises relief through President Nicolas Maduro

People wait for a chance to receive medical attention by volunteers of the "Aid and Freedom Coalition" movement during a medical attention camp in the Macarao neighbourhood in Caracas, on February 17, 2019. - Venezuelan opposition leader and self declared acting president Juan Guaido set a goal Sunday of enlisting a million volunteers within a week to confront a government blockade that has kept tons of humanitarian aid, most of it from the United States, from flowing into the country. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP)

Bangladesh tells U.N. it will no longer take in Myanmar refugees

Mar 01, 2019 - 9:40 AM

'Here, I regret to inform the council that Bangladesh would no longer be in a position to accommodate more people from Myanmar,' says Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque

A Bangladeshi man helps Rohingya Muslim refugees to disembark from a boat on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf river after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on September 30, 2017. More than 2,000 Rohingya have massed along Myanmar's coast this week after trekking from inland villages in Rakhine state to join the refugee exodus to Bangladesh, state media reported September 30. They follow more than half a million fellow Rohingya who have emptied out of northern Rakhine in a single month, fleeing an army crackdown and communal violence the UN says amounts to "ethnic cleansing".  / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

United Nations to vote on dueling U.S., Russia drafts on Venezuela

Feb 28, 2019 - 1:43 PM

The US puts forward a measure calling for presidential elections to end the political standoff, while Russia urges a peaceful settlement of the crisis, recalling that aid deliveries to Venezuela require the consent of Maduro's government

GUAIDO-MADURO SITUATION. This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) speaking to opposition supporters at the Central University of Caracas (UCV) in Caracas, on January 21, 2019 and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offering a press conference in Caracas, on January 25, 2019.  File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.S. calls to 'stand with freedom' in Venezuela as EU gives ultimatum

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:30 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also denounces Russia and China, which have stood by Maduro. Meanwhile, Russia denounces the United States for interference.

UN VOTE. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo votes before addressing the United Nations Security Council in a meeting which was requested by the United States to offer a statement on the current situation in for Venezuela on January 26, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

UN chief says Libya's militias should not run prisons

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:07 PM

In his report to the Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges the Libyan government to bring all prisons under its control and free from the grip of militias

CONDEMNING THE LAUNCH. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

U.N. council regrets Somalia's decision to expel envoy

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Still, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres agrees to appoint a new envoy to replace Nicholas Haysom in Somalia

UN ENVOY. In this file photo, Nicholas Haysom speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

UN Council votes to send observers to Yemen

Dec 22, 2018 - 2:57 PM

After tough negotiations, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approves the deployment of observers to war-torn Yemen

U.N. wants Syria to account for war dead, detainees

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria says it is crucial to push the Syrian government to give a full account after it began in May to release death notifications

SYRIA WAR. A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. File photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Yemen peace push gathers pace ahead of U.N. envoy's visit

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:34 AM

A UN draft resolution on Yemen presented to the Security Council calls for an immediate truce in the battleground port city of Hodeida

CRISIS TALKS. In this file photo, Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on June 16, 2018 for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where Huthi rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Hamas announces ceasefire with Israel after worst escalation in years

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the military have yet to comment on the announcement

U.N. Security Council meets on Gaza violence

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour says the council is 'paralyzed' and has 'failed to shoulder its responsibility' to take action to end the violence

GAZA. This file photo shows the UN Security Council during a meeting. File photo from the United Nations

United Kingdom to urge Security Council action over Yemen

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:17 AM

Conflict-ravaged Yemen is now a 'living hell' for children with thousands dying every year from malnutrition and easily preventable diseases, a top UN official says

YEMEN'S CHILDREN. Yemeni children suffering from a diphtheria infection receive treatment at a hospital in the capital Sanaa, on October 31, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

U.N. Security Council asked to meet on Myanmar atrocities report

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The request is likely to run into opposition from China, which has friendly ties with Myanmar's military and has sought to shield Myanmar from action by the Security Council

Russia blocks publication of U.N. report critical of North Korea

Aug 31, 2018 - 9:37 AM

A diplomatic source says Russia's objection stems mainly from a part of the report that said North Korea had exceeded its 2018 import cap for oil that was set by the 2017 sanctions

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 30 September 2014, United Nations, New York. File photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

Western trio warns Syria over chemical weapons use

Aug 22, 2018 - 4:20 PM

In a joint statement, the 3 powers say they are 'gravely concerned' over the military offensive in Idlib and the resulting humanitarian consequences

IDLIB. A Syrian fighter fires a rocket-propelled grenade as he attends a mock battle in anticipation of an attack by the regime on Idlib province and the surrounding countryside, during a graduation of new Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) members at a camp in the countryside of the northern Idlib province on August 14, 2018. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

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UN moves to unblock humanitarian aid to North Korea

Aug 03, 2018 - 2:43 PM

North Korea's humanitarian crisis has left about 10 million people – nearly half of the population – undernourished, according to UN officials, who have reported a drop in food production in 2017

UN Security Council Meeting. File photo from the United Nations

UN panel finds further evidence of Iran link to Yemen missiles

Jul 31, 2018 - 4:21 PM

In a confidential report to the Security Council, a UN panel of experts says it 'continues to believe' that short-range ballistic missiles and other weaponry were transferred from Iran to Yemen after an arms embargo was imposed in 2015

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, September 30 2014, United Nations, New York. File photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

UN Security Council to hold emergency Syria talks

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Sweden, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency, requests the closed-door meeting along with Kuwait

UN SECURITY COUNCIL. The Security Council will hold an emergency meeting July 5 to discuss the Syria army's Russia-backed offensive against rebel groups. UN file photo by JC McIlwaine

Parts of Yemen missiles fired at Saudi Arabia were Iranian-made – UN report

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:41 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tells the Security Council that debris from the missiles fired since July 2017 'share key design features with a known type of missile manufactured' by Iran

Yemen rebel leader defiant as dozens die in battle for key port

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The clashes come as the UN Security Council meet for urgent talks on the military operation and call for the vital Red Sea port to be 'kept open'

RED SEA PORT. A column of Yemeni pro-government forces and armored vehicles arrives in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on June 13, 2018. Photo by Nabil Hassan/AFP

Security Council asks Myanmar to cooperate with UN investigators

Jun 06, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The UN Security Council is also urging Myanmar to take steps to end decades of discrimination against the Muslim Rohingya, who are denied citizenship rights in the Buddhist-majority country

RAKHINE. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Calm returns after most severe Israel-Gaza flare-up in years

May 31, 2018 - 11:22 AM

At the United Nations, envoy for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov warns the Security Council that the escalation shows 'how close to the brink of war we are every day'

AFTERMATH. A man inspects the damage at a site targeted by an Israeli air strike a day before in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Rohingya will be safe in areas 'designated' for them – Myanmar army chief

May 05, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Army chief Min Aung Hlaing also cast doubt on the allegations raised by refugees in Bangladesh, many of whom shared stories of extrajudicial killings, arson and rape

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Myanmar army chief denies rape of Rohingya as UN visits

May 01, 2018 - 2:11 PM

Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh have provided consistent accounts of sexual violence – reports verified by conflict monitors – but Min Aung Hlaing says his forces have 'no such history of sexual abuse'

ON ROHINGYA. Myanmar military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing speaks during the second day of 'Sin Phyu Shin' joint military exercises in the Ayeyarwaddy delta region on February 3, 2018. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/AFP

Security Council envoys hear of rapes, murders from Rohingya refugees

Apr 29, 2018 - 4:04 PM

(UPDATED) Some of the Muslim refugees broke down in tears as they told the UN delegates harrowing stories of murder and rape in Myanmar

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

UN Security Council meets over Syria in remote Swedish farmhouse

Apr 22, 2018 - 12:20 AM

'Hopefully there will be some new ideas on the table and I think it'll be on those tracks: the humanitarian situation, the chemical weapons,' says Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom

UNSC MEETING. Journalists wait before a group picture during the annual informal working meeting with the UN Security Council on April 21, 2018, at Dag Hammarskjold's farm at Backakra, close to Ystad, southern Sweden. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Chemical inspectors await all-clear to begin work in Syria's Douma

Apr 18, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari tells a meeting of the UN Security Council that the team of experts will begin work on Wednesday, April 18, once they receive the all-clear from the security detail

DOUMA. The former rebel Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus is seen on April 17, 2018 after the Syrian army declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta, following a blistering two month offensive on the rebel enclave. AFP/STRINGER

U.N. rejects Russia bid to condemn strikes on Syria

Apr 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

The Russian measure would have condemned the 'aggression' against Syria and demanded that US, UK, and France refrain from any further strike

UN VOTE. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley vetoes a Russian proposed draft resolution that would 'condemn the aggression against Syria by the US and its allies' during a UN Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at the UN headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Russia says West only interested in overthrowing Syria's Assad

Apr 13, 2018 - 11:49 PM

'We continue to observe dangerous military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state,' says Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on July 14, 2016 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking during an interview with NBC News channel in the capital Damascus. Assad said in an interview released on July 14, 2016 that his Russian ally has "never" discussed a political transition with him, despite international support for such a process, saying "Only the Syrian people define who's going to be the president, when to come, and when to go". / AFP PHOTO / SANA / -

UN warns against letting Syria crisis 'spiral' out of control

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:08 PM

With the UN Security Council failing thus far to find a diplomatic solution, Secretary General Antonio Guterres warns that time is running out

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. AFP/STRINGER

U.S. blocks UN Security Council statement vs Gaza violence

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:55 PM

UN Security Council members call upon "all sides to exercise restraint and prevent a further escalation," the draft says

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

UN Security Council hears Gaza restraint calls

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:28 AM

(UPDATED) Kuwait has requested the meeting to discuss the unraveling situation in Gaza

UNSC ON GAZA. The UN Security council holds emergency talks following clashes in the Israel-Gaza border. File photo by UN/Mark Garten

Britain expels Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:36 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia failed to respond to her demand for an explanation on how a Soviet-designed chemical, Novichok, was used in the English city of Salisbury

SPY POISONING. British police officers stand on duty at a cordon leading to a residential housing estate as Military personnel in wearing protective coveralls work to remove a vehicle connected to the March 4 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, from a residential street in Gillingham, southeast England on March 14, 2018. File photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on poisoning of ex-spy

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Britain will brief council members during the open meeting at 1900 GMT on the nerve agent that left ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in critical condition, the British mission to the United Nations says

ESPIONAGE. A police officer stand in front of a cordon in front of The Mill pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 11, 2018, as investigations continue in connection with the major incident sparked after a man and a woman were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack a week ago. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Syria regime pummels besieged Eastern Ghouta

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:01 AM

More than 930 civilians have been killed in the nearly 3-week assault on the last rebel enclave outside the capital, where dozens suffered overnight from a suspected chlorine attack

SYRIA. Members of the Syrian government forces occupy a lookout position on the front-line with the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave near its southern town of Jisreen on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 8, 2018. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

Fresh violence mars first day of Syria enclave 'truce'

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:01 AM

The first day of a 5-hour daily 'pause' that was ordered by President Vladimir Putin Sunday and kicked off at 9 am local time (0700 GMT) is marred by violence

BOMBARDED. A picture taken on February 27, 2018, shows smoke plumes rising during reported regime bombardment Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP

Japan reports fresh suspected North Korea sanctions breach

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Tokyo says a military patrol plane observed the alleged transfer around 220 kilometers (136 miles) off Shanghai on Saturday night

Pummeled civilians in Syria enclave await Russia's first daily truce

Feb 27, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Russia says it will organize a daily 5 hour pause in the fighting to allow civilians to escape through 'humanitarian corridors'

TARGET. Smoke billows following Syrian government bombardments on Kafr Batna, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 22, 2018. Amer Almohibany/AFP

Russia vetoes Western bid at UN to pressure Iran over Yemen

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:04 AM

Russia vetoes a UN draft resolution presented by Britain that would have pressured Iran over its failure to block supplies of missiles to Yemen's Huthi rebels

VOTE ON YEMEN. The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2402 (2018) on the mandate of the experts panel in Yemen, 26 February 2018 at the United Nations, New York. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Strikes, clashes rock Syria's Ghouta despite ceasefire call

Feb 26, 2018 - 7:10 AM

Fresh regime air strikes and heavy clashes shake rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, despite a UN demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war

VICTIMS. Doctors tend to ten-year-old Omar who was injured in an air strike that killed several members of his family on their home in Otaybah, in Syria's rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, as his father and 7-year-old sister, Manar, watch on at a make-shift hospital on February 25, 2018. Amer Almohibany/AFP

Death toll in Syria enclave tops 500 after UN delays truce vote

Feb 24, 2018 - 6:27 PM

(UPDATED) At least 29 civilians have been killed in fresh strikes on Eastern Ghouta on Saturday, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

FRESH STRIKES. Smoke billows following a regime air strike on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late on February 23, 2018. Photo by Ammar Suleiman/AFP

UN bid for Syria ceasefire falters as Russia says no deal

Feb 23, 2018 - 8:32 AM

During a council meeting called by Russia, Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia presents a new raft of amendments to a draft resolution that would allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations during the pause

UNSC ON SYRIA. Russia tells the UN Security Council that there is still no agreement on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by UN/Mark Garten

Pressure mounts to relieve 'hell on earth' in Syria enclave

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:56 PM

International pressure mounts to end civilian suffering in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where Syrian jets have been raining bombs

VICTIMS. Wounded Syrian children receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna following Syrian government bombardments on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 21, 2018. Ammar Suleiman/AFP

UN chief calls for immediate de-escalation in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'He calls on all to work for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence and exercise restraint,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

'IMMEDIATE DE-ESCALATION'. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for the end to violence in war-torn Syria. File photo by Kena Betancur/ AFP

UN Security Council considers demanding 30-day Syria truce

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Diplomats say it remained unclear whether Russia would resort to its veto to block the draft resolution proposing the ceasefire

UNSC ON SYRIA. The United Nations Security Council is considering a measure to impose a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by UN/Mark Garten

Myanmar turns down U.N. Security Council visit

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:59 AM

'They just think that this is not the right time for a visit,' says Kuwait's Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi