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Palestine: PA head Abbas asks UN to end post-1967 occupation by 2016
2nd Oct 2014

Palestine: PA head Abbas asks UN to end post-1967 occupation by 2016

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is asking the UN Security Council to set November 2016 as the deadline for full Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967, according to a draft resolution obtained … Continued

UN: Germany Foreign Minister says Iran nuclear deal ‘has never been so close’
26th Sep 2014

UN: Germany Foreign Minister says Iran nuclear deal ‘has never been so close’

    Germany’s Foreign Minister (photo above) has said after meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program must be solved once and for all. A resolution, he said, “has never been so close.” “We … Continued

UN: Global grassroots protest on climate change
22nd Sep 2014

UN: Global grassroots protest on climate change

  Protestors demanding action from world leaders on climate change have massed in 158 countries, culminating in a large march in New York. It’s the venue of a special UN climate summit due on Tuesday. Massed calls were made on … Continued

UK: Scottish polls too close to call on eve of referendum
17th Sep 2014

UK: Scottish polls too close to call on eve of referendum

  Three separate polls have given the “no” campaign just a marginal lead one day ahead of a Scottish referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. Both sides are embarking on one last charm offensive. Three separate opinion polls showed … Continued

UN rights council appoints panel to investigate Gaza assault
12th Aug 2014

UN rights council appoints panel to investigate Gaza assault

  [Family members mourn death of a medic killed by Israeli bombing in Gaza]   NEW YORK (Ma’an): The UN Human Rights Council has appointed a three-member panel to investigate allegations of humanitarian law violations during Israel’s Gaza assault, reports said … Continued

UN: Lakhdar Brahimi steps down from UN Syria post
14th May 2014

UN: Lakhdar Brahimi steps down from UN Syria post

  International Syria mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has officially confirmed he is stepping down from his post at the end of the month. The announcement was made at the UN Security Council in New York. During the past year, Brahimi had … Continued

ESCWA’s proposal for Arab integration undermined by Israel
20th Apr 2014

ESCWA’s proposal for Arab integration undermined by Israel

  By Yazan al-Saadi Over the course of the week, the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia’s (ESCWA) report, titled “Arab Integration: A 21st Century Imperative,” has been overshadowed in the media by Israeli complaints regarding the report’s … Continued

US: Obama signs bill aiming to block Iranian UN envoy from entering US
19th Apr 2014

US: Obama signs bill aiming to block Iranian UN envoy from entering US

President Barack Obama has signed hurried legislation banning anyone from entering the US as a UN representative if they have a past in either espionage or terrorism, and are still considered a threat to the US. The bill, signed into … Continued

4th Mar 2014

Ukraine: Yanukovych asked Putin, military to restore ‘law and order’

Russia has displayed a letter at the UN Security Council, saying former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych requested Russian military intervention. The US and UK called the maneuvers “a response to an imaginary threat.” Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin … Continued

6th Feb 2014

UN ‘gravely concerned’ about Vatican’s child abuse record

A UN committee has issued a report assessing Vatican policies concerning children in the wake of worldwide abuse scandals. It said it was “gravely concerned” about how the Church has handled the crisis. The United Nations Committee on the Rights … Continued

29th Jan 2014

UN: EU troops mandated for Central African Republic mission

The UN Security Council has authorized the deployment of EU troops to the Central African Republic to assist French and African Union units who are trying to stem sectarian violence.  The European Union’s decision last week to send up to … Continued

7th Jan 2014

Iran not yet on the list for UN Syria peace talks

Iran is for the moment not on the list to join in Syria peace talks scheduled for later this month. The United Nations began sending out invitations on Monday, as fighting spread between rival rebel groups in Syria. Iran has … Continued

4th Jan 2014

UN: Violence in Central African Republic displaced almost one million people

  A UN report has called for increased intervention in the Central African Republic (CAR) as the armed conflict continues. According to its report, the violence has already displaced over one million people. The report released by the United Nations … Continued

24th Dec 2013

UN: Ban Ki-moon calls for Iran involvement in Syria peace talks

The United Nations has thrown its weight behind Iran taking its place at the Syrian peace talks conference in January. The United States has so far resisted moves to grant Iran an invitation.  The places of  31 countries were confirmed … Continued

13th Dec 2013

UN reports says sarin likely used in five locations in Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (1st R) shakes hands with Ake Sellstrom (2nd R), head of an international probe team into the alleged use of chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian conflict, at the UN headquarters in New York, US, on … Continued

12th Dec 2013

UN: Syrian chemical weapons disposal plan to be released next week

UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua): The plan for the destruction of all Syrian chemical stockpiles outside the country will be released on Dec. 17, a UN spokesperson said on Wednesday. “Practicalities are currently being discussed and the final details are being worked … Continued

6th Dec 2013

Central African Republic: UN Security Council approves military intervention in CAR

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution authorizing military action in the Central African Republic. France responded by saying it would send more troops to restore security and protect civilians “within days.” The 15-member council adopted the resolution allowing … Continued

15th Nov 2013

Iran: IAEA: Iran ‘no longer expanding nuclear sites’

Iran has stopped expanding key nuclear sites, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report has found. Meanwhile US President Barack Obama has urged Congress to back diplomatic efforts to end the nuclear standoff. Iran ceased to expand its uranium enrichment … Continued

9th Nov 2013

UNESCO rescinds US and Israel’s voting rights

UNESCO has suspended the voting rights of Israel and the United States, two years after they stopped paying dues to the UN’s cultural arm in protest over its granting full membership to the Palestinians, a UNESCO source told Reuters. Both … Continued

8th Nov 2013

Germany, Brazil introduce anti-spying resolution at UN General Assembly

Brazil and Germany have presented a resolution to the UN General Assembly calling for an end to undue electronic spying. The document urges all countries to extend internationally guaranteed rights to privacy. Revelations of surveillance of foreign leaders by the … Continued

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