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US officials tussle over arms embargo, sanctions in oil-flush South Sudan
While top US diplomats have privately backed a weapons ban amid the bloody civil war in South Sudan, a new report indicated that US National Security Advisor Susan Rice is chiefly responsible for stalled attempts at an arms embargo in the oil-rich nation.

26.01.2015 15:50

UN’s first ever meeting on anti-Semitism sees France, US, Saudi Arabia speak out
The UN has dedicated a separate meeting to anti-Semitism, citing a global rise in violence against Jews. About half of UN member states attended, with surprise speakers such as the Saudi ambassador, who equated anti-Semitic crimes with Islamophobia.

24.01.2015 01:06

US plays ‘instigator’s role’ in Ukraine crisis – Russian UN envoy
Washington has played the role of instigator throughout the entire Ukrainian conflict, said Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin. He added that Kiev authorities have not taken any steps to start dialogue with the militia in eastern Ukraine.

22.01.2015 03:08

Top Islamic group urges UN ban on ‘contempt’ of religions
A leading Islamic organization has called on the United Nations to make “contempt of religions” illegal. The group also urges followers to continue peaceful protests against images of Prophet Mohammed and says the West should do more to protect Muslims.

21.01.2015 16:53

Earth closer to 'irreversible changes' as humanity crosses 4 of 9 planetary boundaries
Earth is slipping towards the “danger zone” as humanity has crossed four of nine environmental phases, so-called planetary boundaries, bringing closer potentially “irreversible changes,” a high-profile study claims.

18.01.2015 14:13

Palestine ICC membership – end of limbo status?
Given the UN’s acceptance of Palestinian ratification of major international treaties, it’s difficult to see how Western countries can continue to hold out on recognizing the existence of a Palestinian State.

13.01.2015 16:11

Turkey expects same reaction to Islamophobia as to Charlie Hebdo attacks
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu condemned the attacks in France during the Paris march on Sunday, while adding there should be no double standards as to denouncing attacks on Muslim mosques and standing up against Islamophobia.

12.01.2015 02:10

Who’s calling the shots over Merkel’s ‘UN ambitions’?
Angela Merkel’s policy towards Russia can be explained by her potential desire to become the next UN chief, an ambition which can only be met by following a “policy of appeasement” towards Washington, foreign affairs columnist Nebojsa Malic says.

11.01.2015 08:36

Situation in Ukraine ‘nearing humanitarian catastrophe’ – Amnesty Intl
Eastern Ukraine is nearing a humanitarian catastrophe, as residents struggle to get food and medicine, rights group Amnesty International told Reuters. The UN refugee watchdog added that the elderly in the region could be severely hit by Kiev’s policies.

09.01.2015 00:15

Palestinians to become ICC member from April 1, UN confirms
Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1, announced UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday. The Palestinians will be able to sue Israel for war crimes, a move the Israeli administration has consistently opposed for decades.

07.01.2015 06:21

Israel’s Palestinian tax move violates Oslo Accords – EU foreign policy chief
The EU's foreign policy chief called Israel’s move to freeze the transfer of Palestinian tax revenues a violation of the Oslo Accords, urging the nation to renew the payments. She advised both sides to refrain from steps that might escalate the situation.

06.01.2015 23:34

​Palestinians seek to resubmit statehood bid to UNSC
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced he has been discussing plans with Jordan to resubmit a bid for the establishment of a Palestinian state to the UN Security Council after a similar resolution failed to pass last week.

04.01.2015 20:39