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UN chief urges new transit point for aid to Syria

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the Security Council to authorize a new passage point on the Turkish border to allow humanitarian aid to reach the embattled population of northeast Syria, where medical supplies are running short.

170,000 people living in the open in NW Syria: UN

Beirut - An estimated 170,000 of the 900,000 civilians forced from their homes in a massive wave of displacement in northwestern Syria are living out in the open, the UN said Thursday.

Libya's UN-backed government halts participation in Geneva talks

Tripoli - Libya's unity government has announced it is halting its participation in UN talks aimed at brokering a lasting ceasefire in the war-torn country where a fragile truce has been repeatedly violated.

900,000 people displaced by fighting in northwest Syria since December: UN

New York - A Russian-backed regime offensive in northwest Syria has displaced 900,000 people since the start of December, and babies are dying of cold because aid camps are full, the UN said Monday.

UN's Guterres calls for 'transformational change' on climate

Islamabad - Governments must deliver decisive actions and "transformational change" to combat global warming, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday, blasting a recent climate summit in Madrid.

Yemen's Huthis drop 'tax' threat that jeopardised aid: UN official

Dubai - Yemen's Huthi rebels have dropped a threat to impose a tax on aid, a UN official told AFP Friday, in a significant step towards resolving a crisis that has jeopardised the world's biggest humanitarian operation.

Yemen's Huthis drop 'tax' threat that jeopardised aid: UN official

Dubai - Yemen's Huthi rebels have dropped a threat to tax aid, a UN official told AFP Friday, in a significant step towards resolving a crisis that has jeopardised the world's biggest humanitarian operation.

Belgium weighing French military mission in Mali: minister

New York - Belgium has not ruled out participating in a French military initiative in Mali aiming to bring together special forces from several countries, Belgian Foreign Minister Philippe Goffin told AFP Thursday."It's a matter of debate, dialogue.

Huthi bid to tax aid threatens millions in Yemen

Apo - Obstruction by the rebel Huthi authorities in northern Yemen has put the world's biggest humanitarian lifeline at risk, threatening millions with starvation.

Pompeo says settlement report shows UN's 'unrelenting anti-Israel bias'

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday denounced the UN release of a list of companies involved with Israeli settlements, saying it proved the world body was biased against the Jewish state.

UN identifies 112 firms linked to Israeli settlements

Geneva - The UN has released a list of 112 companies with activities in Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law, including Airbnb, Expedia and TripAdvisor.

Beyond the UN: The conflict mediators who go where others fear to tread

Geneva - David Gorman knew early on he wanted to help resolve conflicts and make peace, but he was wary of becoming a diplomat tethered to the interests of a single country.

UN asked to vote Wednesday in support of Libya ceasefire: diplomats

New York - The UN Security Council was asked Tuesday to vote on a resolution supporting a ceasefire in Libya, in what would be the first binding text adopted since fighting flared in April last year.

Palestinian leader warns UN on Trump's 'Swiss cheese' peace

New York - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to reject President Donald Trump's Middle East plan, saying it would splinter Palestinian lands and never bring lasting peace.

Abbas warns UN that Trump plan 'will not last'

New York - Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday told the UN Security Council that the world should reject President Donald Trump's Middle East plan, calling it an outside imposition that cannot bring lasting peace.

Pyongyang still importing oil, cars, alcohol illegally: UN

New York - North Korea, which has been hit by a series of UN sanctions, is illegally importing more and more oil and continues to bring in luxury cars and alcohol, according to an annual report delivered Monday to the UN Security Council.

Lacking support, Palestinians pull request for UN vote against Trump plan

New York - The Palestinians have abandoned their request for a vote at the UN Security Council Tuesday that they hoped would reject the peace plan of President Donald Trump, whose administration has put heavy pressure on critics, diplomats said.

Palestinians withdraw request for UN vote on US Mideast plan: diplomats

New York - The Palestinians have abandoned their request for a vote at the UN Security Council Tuesday on rejecting the US Mideast plan, over a lack of international support, diplomats said.

Criticism of US Mideast plan softened in UN draft resolution

New York - A reworked Palestinian resolution has dropped its initial condemnation of President Donald Trump's Mideast peace plan, opting for less confrontational language ahead of a UN Security Council vote, a copy obtained by AFP shows.

New 'mercy flight' due to leave rebel-held Yemen capital: WHO source

Dubai - A plane is due to evacuate 24 critically ill Yemenis from the rebel-held capital on Friday, a World Heath Organization source said, as the UN seeks to consolidate a medical air bridge.

EU states urge justice in Myanmar at UN Security Council

New York - The UN Security Council's EU member states called Tuesday for Myanmar to bring to justice those who have carried out human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims.

UN chief calls for end to fighting between Turkey and Syria in Idlib

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Tuesday for an end to fighting between Turkey and Syria in Syria's opposition-held province of Idlib on Tuesday.

UK vows action after envoy slams plans for UN climate talks

London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday called for urgent action to deal with global warming, after his ex-climate envoy warned his own plans for UN talks later this year were "miles off track".

NW Syria violence displaces 500,000 in two months

- A Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the country's last rebel enclave has caused one of the biggest waves of displacement in the nine-year-old war.

NW Syria violence displaces 500,000 in two months

Beirut - A Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the country's last rebel enclave has displaced more than half a million people in two months, the United Nations said Tuesday.

First UN 'mercy flight' leaves Yemen's rebel-held Sanaa

Sanaa - Yemeni children in critical need of medical care were evacuated Monday from the rebel-held capital Sanaa, in what the United Nations hopes will be the first of many "mercy flights".

Amended UN draft resolution calls for withdrawal of mercenaries in Libya

New York - The United Kingdom sent its fellow Security Council members an amended draft resolution on Libya Friday, calling for the withdrawal of mercenaries from the country, according to the text, seen by AFP.

Yemen's Huthi rebels in possession of new arms: UN report

New York - Yemen's Huthi rebels are in possession of new weapons similar to those produced in Iran, according to a UN report obtained by AFP on Friday, in potential violation of a UN arms embargo.

UN envoy slams violations of pledge to end foreign meddling in Libya

New York - A UN envoy accused "unscrupulous" foreign actors Thursday of continuing to meddle in Libya's conflict, in violation of commitments made at an major international summit in Berlin this month.

Libya: UN envoy slams violations of pledge to end foreign meddling

New York - A UN envoy accused foreign actors Thursday of continuing to meddle in Libya's conflict, in violation of commitments made at an international summit in Berlin this month.
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