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6th Nov 2013

UN envoy fails to nail down agreement to hold Syria peace conference

International and regional powers have failed to agree on a date for Syria peace conference. Russia’s desire for Iran to be invited, and US opposition to the idea, appears to have been the main stumbling block.   The United Nations special … Continued

19th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom will not be part of ‘ineffective Security Council with double standard’

  By Rashid Hassan Riyadh, (Arab News): Saudi Arabia turned down a two-year stint as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday, a day after its election onto the body. It cited as reasons the failure … Continued

18th Oct 2013

UN chooses five new non-permanent Security Council members

The United Nations has chosen five new non-permanent members of the Security Council, including Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Chad. The humanitarian records of those new members drew criticism from human rights advocates. The UN’s General Assembly on Thursday elected five … Continued

10th Oct 2013

Haiti cholera victims file suit against United Nations

A group of victims of a cholera outbreak from 2010 in Haiti have sued the United Nations. The epidemic is thought to have been brought to Haiti by UN troops from Nepal. Lawyers representing the cholera victims and relatives of … Continued

30th Sep 2013

UN: Pakistan, India agree to restore ceasefire on Line of Control

NEW YORK, (The News): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh (seen above), who met on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly, Sunday agreed to task the DGMOs of both the countries to ensure ceasefire on … Continued

28th Sep 2013

UN Security Council approves resolution on Syria

The UN Security Council has approved a resolution on the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons program. The vote followed unanimous approval of the plan by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.  Members of the UN Security Council voted … Continued

28th Sep 2013

UN: IAEA says talks with Iran “very constructive”

The UN atomic agency said on Friday it held “very constructive” talks with Iran, announcing a future meeting between the two parties. Following a flurry of meetings at the UN General Assembly this week in New York, Herman Nackaerts, chief … Continued

27th Sep 2013

US, Russia reach deal on UN resolution to rid Syria of chemical weapons

The United States and Russia have reached an agreement on a UN resolution aimed at destroying Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. Diplomats said the resolution will go to the full Security Council in the coming hours. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov … Continued

26th Sep 2013

UN powers progress on Syria draft

There are signs the U-N’s five permanent security council members could be close to agreeing a resolution to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. The main points of a draft have reportedly been agreed, but Russia and the U-S still need to … Continued

25th Sep 2013

Iran: Rouhani tells UN assembly Iran is ready to talk

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has told the UN that his country is ready for talks about its nuclear program. However, amid signs of lingering tension, a top level meeting with his US counterpart did not take place. The election of … Continued

20th Sep 2013

Pakistan raises US drone strikes issue at UN

                                                       UNITED NATIONS, (APP): Pakistan on Thursday raised the issue of American drone strikes in its tribal regions at the United Nations Security Council, calling for their cessation and seeking “urgent” talks to resolve the problem. “Drone strikes … Continued

18th Sep 2013

UN’s big five open talks on Syrian chemical arms resolution

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have been meeting to discuss a resolution aimed at eradicating Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged powers to unite to resolve the crisis. Diplomats from the P5 … Continued

17th Sep 2013

UN report finds chemical weapons used in Syria

International inspectors have found evidence that sarin gas was used in an attack in Syria. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the findings, calling the incident a “war crime.” Ban told a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council Monday … Continued

One third of world’s food wasted each year, UN says
12th Sep 2013

One third of world’s food wasted each year, UN says

Approximately one third of the world’s food is wasted each year, the United Nations has said in a new report. The uneaten food amounts to 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide produced annually. Some 1.3 billion tons of food are … Continued

4th Sep 2013

Syrian refugees exceed 2 million

UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua): With an estimated 5,000 desperate Syrians fleeing their homes every day, the spiraling violence in the war-torn country has now created more than 2 million refugees, the United Nations refugee agency announced Tuesday, There is no sign … Continued

31st Aug 2013

Can Syria intervention be legally justified?

US President Barack Obama said he was considering a “limited” intervention in Syria. The legal legitimacy of the move, however, is difficult as most nations reject unilateral intervention. Despite a decision by the British Parliament not to authorize military force … Continued

29th Aug 2013

UN Security Council begins talks as US allies gear up for military strike in Syria

Envoys from Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States started talks Wednesday on a British drafted UN Security Council resolution that could allow military action against President Bashar al-Assad, diplomats said. Britain wants the resolution to allow “all necessary … Continued

26th Aug 2013

US spied on UN: German weekly

BERLIN, (Xinhua): The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) bugged the video conferencing system at the UN headquarters in New York and cracked its encryption, German weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday. The tapping scheme succeeded in the summer of 2012, the … Continued

11th Aug 2013

UK: David Cameron says high-level taskforce to tackle violence against Muslims

The following Press Association story is based on press release sent by The Muslim News Saturday:   A high-level taskforce set up by David Cameron to tackle extremism will focus on violence against Muslims at its next meeting, the Prime Minister … Continued

2nd Aug 2013

US: Samantha Power confirmed as next US envoy to UN

The US Senate has confirmed Samantha Power as Washington’s new ambassador to the UN. An expert on human rights and genocide, Power has advocated a tougher US policy toward Syria. The Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of Power, … Continued

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