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New resolution on pandemic truce presented to U.N. Security Council

May 13, 2020 - 10:33 AM

The German-Estonian text makes no mention of the World Health Organization

WAITING. A displaced Yemeni girl sits next to an armoured military vehicle at a camp in the Khokha district of the western province of Hodeida, on January 21, 2019. Photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

Russia, China boycott U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria

May 13, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'Regrettably, our Western partners, and their allies, insisted on holding this meeting behind closed doors in an informal setting despite the slogans of openness and transparency of the Security Council,' says Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia


U.N. chief calls for Security Council unity over pandemic

Apr 10, 2020 - 12:40 PM

Security Council members gather after weeks of disagreement – especially between the United States and China, where the coronavirus outbreak began in December

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After criticism, segment of U.N. Security Council meet made public

Apr 08, 2020 - 10:25 AM

One French-speaking diplomat says the enforced English was torturous, because it was impossible to correct speeches before they are said aloud


In first, U.N. Security Council approves resolutions remotely

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:16 AM

The virtual votes temporarily end the famous spectacle of the Security Council, where diplomats theatrically raise their hands to vote or veto and can take advantage of the cameras to passionately attack other countries

MEETING. The United Nations Security Council meets on Venezuela, January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

As virus spreads, U.N. appeal for ceasefires gets worldwide positive response

Mar 27, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Armed groups in Cameroon, the Philippines, Yemen and Syria move to reduce violence as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appeals for ceasefire

LESS VIOLENCE. In this file photo The United Nations flag is seen is seen during the Climate Action Summit 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

U.N. Security Council stalemate over coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Russia repeatedly opposes 'virtual' meetings by video to allow voting sessions. One diplomat describes the Russian stance as 'idiotic.'

STALEMATE. The United Nations flag waves outside the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

U.S. requests UN Security Council meeting on Iran – diplomats

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:38 AM

The meeting will deal with the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and the downing of a US reconnaissance drone

(FILES) A file picture taken on May 10, 2019 shows Iranian demonstrators gesturing around a mask depicting US President Donald Trump during a rally in Tehran. - Trump issued an ominous warning to Iran on May 19, 2019, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Shops reopen as Sudan generals, protesters agree to talk

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM

But the main gold market in central Khartoum remains shut, and many residents still prefer to remain indoors given the heavy deployment of security forces across the capital

BREAKTHROUGH. Residents of Khartoum queue outside a bank to withdraw money in the Sudanese capital on June 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

World powers demand halt to Libya advance

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar launches an offensive to take the capital held by a UN-backed unity government and an array of militias

U.N. council hails Central Africa peace deal as important step

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:13 AM

In a unanimous statement, the United Nations Security Council welcomes the deal and urges all sides to implement it 'in good faith and without delay'

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

U.N. envoy on first Yemen port city visit after truce

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:03 PM

A UN official says Martin Griffiths is in the Red Sea port city to oversee the truce deal's implementation and 'follow up on preparations' for a new monitoring mission

YEMEN TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is pictured upon his arrival at Sanaa International airport on January 5, 2019. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Russia raises North Korea sanctions at UN Security Council

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Russia requests for a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council

SECURITY COUNCIL. This file photo shows a view of the UN Security Council, the most powerful and exclusive organ of the United Nations. UN file photo/JC McIlwaine

U.S. must act, but not rush decision on Syria – Haley

Apr 13, 2018 - 11:03 PM

'You don't rush decisions like this, says US Ambassador Nikki Haley about plan to launch military action on Syria

NO RUSH. File photo of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley  Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

Feb 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The measure, however, did not specify when the truce would go into force beyond saying it should be 'without delay'

SECURITY COUNCIL. The UNSC unanimously votes to back a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by Kim Haughton/United Nations

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

Syria regime strikes kill 6 civilians in Ghouta – monitor

Feb 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

President Bashar al-Assad's regime intensifies its bombardment of the besieged region outside Damascus

DESTROYED. Members of the Syrian Civil Defense search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Former UN chief Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Kofi Annan, who led an advisory commission to the Myanmar government, says world powers must work with the country's military and civilian leaders to end the refugee crisis

ROHINGYAS. Former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan speaks at the 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Tomas Kienzle/AFP

U.S. formally requests UN vote Monday on North Korea

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Washington has presented a draft UN resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea an assets freeze on Kim Jong Un a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers

China's Xi calls for South Korea ties to get back on track

May 19, 2017 - 1:43 PM

We re willing to work with South Korea to preserve the hard won results properly handle disputes put China South Korea relations back onto a normal track says Chinese President Xi Jinping

CHINA'S MOST POWERUL. Chinese President Xi Jinping in Belgrade on June 18, 2016. Oliver Bunic/AFP

Pentagon chief warns Syria against using chemical weapons

Apr 21, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Mattis makes the comments during a one day visit for talks with Israeli leaders who strongly supported a recent US strike against a Syrian airbase in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack on a rebel held town

MATTIS ON SYRIA. US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defence ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Questions and answers on Israeli settlements

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:26 PM

The UN Security Council has recently passed a landmark resolution condemning Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank

SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on October 2, 2016 shows a general view of an Israeli building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

UN Security Council postpones vote on Israeli settlements – diplomats

Dec 22, 2016 - 11:41 PM

Egypt requests the delay to allow time for consultations on a resolution that will demand Israel to halt its settlement activities in the Palestinian territories and east Jerusalem

Saudi coalition, Huthis violate rights in Yemen – UN report

Aug 05, 2016 - 12:02 PM

The actions amount to violations of international humanitarian law according to the report by a panel of experts

YOUNG CASUALTY. The grave of Yemeni child Bilal al-Asadi, who was killed in a Saudi-led airstrike that hit his family's house, is shown on International Day of Innocent Child Victims of Aggression, in Yemen, June 4, 2016. File photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

UN approves deal for Italy, Netherlands to share Council seat

Jul 01, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Italy will take up the seat on January 1 2017 and then make way for the Netherlands in 2018

epa05400168 Dutch Ambassador to the United Nations Karel van Oosterom (L) and Italian Ambassador to the United Nations Sebastiano Cardi (R) react after a voting round for the last seat as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, during the 70th General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA, 30 June 2016. Italy and the Netherlands agreed on a split-term before the General Assembly voted for Italy. The UN General Assembly on 28 June voted on four of five non-permanent seats on the Security Council which will be elected to two-year terms on the Council. EPA/JASON SZENES

Russia pledges more Syria raids, opposition sets truce terms

Feb 21, 2016 - 1:09 AM

Russia pledges to continue to back Syrian government forces again ‘terrorism’ while UN led ceasefire talks scheduled for Saturday have been moved to an unspecified date

AFTERMATH. Syrian boys run past a destroyed field hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 29 October 2015 by forces loyal to the Syrian government. File photo by Mohammed Badra / EPA

Russia says 'regrets' UN rejection to rein in Turkey over Syria

Feb 20, 2016 - 6:44 PM

The Kremlin adds that Russia is set to continue its support for Syrian President Bashar al Assad s ground offensive against terrorist organizations

In this file photo, people walk across Red Square, with the Kremlin's Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower (R) and St. Basil's Cathedral (L) seen in the background, in central Moscow on December 22, 2015. Vasily Maximov/AFP

Main Syrian opposition to join Geneva peace talks

Jan 30, 2016 - 8:31 AM

Backed by external powers embroiled in Syria s war the talks are seeking to end a conflict that has killed more than 260 000 people and fueled the meteoric rise of the extremist Islamic State group

'POLITICAL PROCESS.' Satellite trucks stand in front the United Nations Office during the round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 2016. Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA

EU welcomes Libya's UN deal as step toward stability

Jul 12, 2015 - 9:58 PM

The UN Security Council has urged Libyan factions to sign a proposal in a bid to stem rising violence and the spread of radical organizations

Arab League to discuss failed Palestinian UN bid Jan 15

Jan 07, 2015 - 10:08 PM

The meeting will review a number of issues the main one being the developments regarding the Palestinian case especially after failing to pass the UN bid Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Helly tells reporters

In this file photo, Representatives of the Arab League attend an emergency meeting to discuss the conflict in Libya, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

China fails in bid to block UN meeting on North Korea

Dec 23, 2014 - 6:56 AM

Pyongyang s ally says the Security Council is not the forum to discuss human rights issues

UN Security Council Meeting. File photo from the United Nations

North Korea faces UN Security Council scrutiny

Dec 21, 2014 - 10:14 AM

The top UN body has focused on North Korea s nuclear program as a security threat but the scope has widened to human rights

UN Security Council Meeting. File photo from the United Nations

US slaps sanctions on 12 'terrorist' group supporters

Sep 26, 2014 - 9:28 AM

The sanctions would see any US assets belonging to those affected frozen while any transactions with US persons would be prohibited

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, 24 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Cia Pak/UN Photo

Bolivia calls to end UN Security Council at G77 summit

Jun 16, 2014 - 12:33 AM

The UN body should be eliminated because it has encouraged wars and invasions by imperial powers to appropriate natural resources of invaded countries says Bolivia president Evo Morales

SUMMIT. The President of Bolivia and President pro tempore of the G77 + China, Evo Morales (L) speaks with China's vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Chen Zhu, during a meeting in the framework of the G77+China Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on June 14, 2014. Photo by AFP/PRESIDENCIA - FREDDY ZARCO

Iran nuclear deal 'very likely' by July deadline: Rouhani

May 22, 2014 - 5:00 PM

We can achieve this Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tells reporters adding that the deadline can be extended by another 6 months if a deal is not reached in time


Moscow to veto UN resolution on ICC for Syria: envoy

May 22, 2014 - 8:38 AM

It will be the fourth time for Moscow to use its veto power to block Western resolutions since the start of the conflict 3 and a half years ago


Russia, China seek mutual support in Putin visit

May 20, 2014 - 8:56 AM

President Vladimir Putin visits China as Russia s relations with the US and the EU plunge to a post Cold War low while China is locked in bitter territorial rows with Vietnam and the Philippines

Vladimir Putin

UN peacekeepers 'should use force more often' – report

May 17, 2014 - 9:23 AM

The evaluation by the UN s Office of Internal Oversight Services notes a reluctance to deploy force – even when it had been authorized by the United Nations Security Council

USE FORCE. Responding to the internal report, UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous says there needed to be more focus on 'comprehensive political solutions.' File photo from Wikicommons

UN Security Council holds crisis talks on Ukraine

Apr 14, 2014 - 8:47 AM

A UN official says the situation in the Ukraine has become more combustible than ever

China weighs in as S.Sudan peace talks open

Jan 06, 2014 - 10:49 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says his country was trying to help in efforts to broker an end to fighting in South Sudan as South Sudan s government and rebels finally began formal peace talks in Addis Ababa

Photo by Samir Bol/AFP

Jordan elected to UN Security Council

Dec 07, 2013 - 1:24 AM

Jordan won 178 votes of the 193 members of the UN General Assembly and was the only candidate for the post vacated by Saudi Arabia

Saudi rights abuses criticised at UN review

Oct 21, 2013 - 11:03 PM

Saudi Arabia condemned for its human rights abuses including the death penalty and discrimination against women

Russia slams Saudi Arabia for rejecting UN council seat

Oct 18, 2013 - 10:13 PM

Russia sharply criticizes Saudi Arabia for rejecting membership at the UN Security Council

Saudi turns down UN Security Council membership: ministry

Oct 18, 2013 - 4:48 PM

Saudi Arabia s foreign ministry turned down the country s membership to the UN Security Council

Russia holding UN Council 'hostage' on Syria, says US

Sep 06, 2013 - 8:38 AM

The US sees no way to seek Security Council approval for action against the Assad regime due to Russia s blocking

In this file photo, the UN Security Council meets on the situation in the Central African Republic, 14 August 2013, at the UN headquarters. UN/JC McIlwaine

Russia opposes Syria resolutions for strikes: diplomat

Aug 30, 2013 - 3:24 PM

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Russia would oppose UNSC resolutions permitting military strikes against Syria

Egypt: Friday of 'anger' or restraint?

Aug 16, 2013 - 7:57 AM

Islamists in Cairo call for more rallies on Friday but the head of the UN Security Council urges restraint

BURNING STREETS. A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi gestures during clashes with police in Cairo on August 14, 2013, as security forces backed by bulldozers moved in on two huge pro-Morsi protest camps, launching a long-threatened crackdown that left dozens dead. Photo by AFP / Mosaab el-Shamy

North Korea crisis: How did it come to this?

Apr 06, 2013 - 7:21 AM

Crisis erupts when Pyongyang fired a long range missile that splashed near the Philippines in December 12

NO PROTECTION. North Korea says it will not be able to protect foreign embassies in Pyongyang in case of conflict. Photo by Rappler

UN orders new nuclear sanctions against NoKor

Mar 07, 2013 - 11:34 PM

The United Nations Security Council tightens restrictions on North Korea s financial dealings notably its bulk cash transfers

Gulf states call for rapid Syria political transition

Dec 25, 2012 - 7:48 PM

Representatives of the six oil rich Gulf Cooperation Council states call for a rapid political transition in war torn Syria