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Claims of organ harvesting against ISIS taken to U.N.

Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to investigate allegations that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is using organ harvesting to finance its operations.

Report: United Nations to ease embargo on Ivory Coast diamonds

Abidjan - A decade-long embargo on diamonds from the Ivory Coast could be partially lifted this week, several United Nations diplomats said Friday.

Syrian rebels refuse to release the detained peacekeepers

U.N. demands Syrian rebels to release the detained peacekeepers but the rebels refuse to do it until the US and the Security Council intervene and get al-Assad forces to withdraw.

Op-Ed: Israel's intentional fog of war over Syria

The world will likely never know the exact truth about what Israel bombed in or outside of Syria this week. But as alleged details of the daring mission leak out, the murky story reveals hard truths about Israel's lethal modus operandi.

Op-Ed: UN report highlights failure in Sri Lanka

According to a newly released UN report, the international body failed to protect civilians in the last months of the Sri Lankan civil war, which ended in May 2009 with the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

United Nations says Afghan Taliban 2011 income was $400 million

Kabul - A new report from the United Nations shows that the Taliban in Afghanistan generated an income of approximately $400 million last year. The sources of revenue were donations, taxing local economies and extorting aid groups and drug dealers.

UN Security Council extends peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

Juba - As South Sudan's one-year anniversary of its independence approaches, the United Nations Security Council approved measures to extend its peackeeping efforts for an additional 12 months in order to establish security and protection in the young nation.

Op-Ed: The Palestinian State of Mind – Symbolism vs. Realism

After seeing South Sudan accepted as the newest member of the United Nations earlier this month, it seems that Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas’ unilateral campaign to seek statehood in September may have given him ‘symbolic state envy’

Sudan splits in two to yield world's newest country: South Sudan

After decades of violence and on-and-off civil war Christian Sudanese in the south have successfully split from their Muslim neighbors in the north to form South Sudan, the world's newest country.

Security Council condemns northern Sudan looting of oil town

Abyei - The UN Security Council has urged northern Sudan to withdraw “immediately” from the oil-rich Abyei region, the status of which has not been clarified prior to south Sudan’s independence following a peaceful referendum.

Russia threatens to block UN report on Iranian weapons trade

Citing the 'loose and sloppy' nature of a United Nations report on purported Iranian weapons shipments to Syria, Russia objected to the report and promised to bring it up to the UN Security Council.

UN Security Council imposes sanctions on Libyan leader Gaddafi

The UN Security Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions on Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, his family, and ten top associates Saturday in an effort to halt Libya's deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters.

South Africa 'honoured' to serve on UN Security Council again

Pretoria - South Africa is "honoured to have been once again elected by the United Nations General Assembly to serve on the Organisation’s Security Council," says Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Canada fails in bid to get seat on UN Security Council

New York - For the first time in the history of the United Nations, Canada has lost its bid to win a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Tensions build over Israel's blockade of Gaza

Activists around the world are calling for more aid ships to sail to Gaza in an attempt to break Israel's iron grip on the Palestinian region, and Iran has responded by saying it will send three aid ships.

Israel poised to strike Iran as Obama Bidens his time Special

Tel Aviv - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden encourages patience during his trip to Israel as its military gears up to strike Iran's nuclear facilities, the region and the world hold their breaths.

UN approves sending 3,500 more troops, police to Haiti

The U.N. Security Council voted on Tuesday to bolster police and military forces in chaotic Haiti by another 3,500 officers. The request came from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after his visit to Haiti where there has been a security breakdown.

Hugo Chavez talks press freedom, allegations of closing TV media

President Hugo Chavez used his United Nation press conference last week to defend his reputation on freedom of speech in Venezuela.

North Korea warned again on missile launch

A ‘provocative action’ by North Korea, readying the launch pad for a long range missile launch, could have consequences for the nation, warned US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People

The UN meeting observing the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is to be held Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York. Today is the second day of the two-day celebration which includes numerous pro-Palestinian exhibitions.

UN Security Council Extends Mission Mandate in Afghanistan

The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Afghanistan and widened its scope to include leading international civilian efforts to provide political outreach, support reconciliation programmes

UN Security Council Peacekeepers Going to Darfur

The United Nations Security Council has approved the sending of peacekeeping troops into the Darfur region. China had originally objected to this course of action but has recently withdrawn its opposition.

EU threatens Iran with sanctions. A threat, or a lack of ideas?

One of the hotter potatoes has just warmed up a bit more. The EU has cranked up the stakes on the subject of Iran’s nuclear facilities. Interestingly, the EU isn’t threatening sanctions on its own behalf, but by the UN Security Council.

United Nations Security Council Debates Climate Change

Global climate change has made it to the hallowed halls of the United Nations Security Council and on April 17, the U.N. Security Council will hold its first debate on an issue heating up worldwide.

U. N. Security Council approves New Sanctions on Iran

UN Security Council unanimously approves sanctions against Iran. This warning has been coming for a long time and it has been finalized for lack of any improvement in Iran's actions.

Major powers to meet on new Iran resolution

Major powers to meet on new Iran resolution, plan on saying they really, really mean it this time
 

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