Tag: United Nations

Ramadi refugees trapped on road to Baghdad as Shias prepare to retake city

A full-blown humanitarian crisis has developed from ISIS takeover of Ramadi, as an estimated 25,000 Iraqi refugees are now making their way east toward Baghdad, seeking food and shelter wherever they can and facing the prospect of being blocked from the capital city amid fears their ranks could include militants.The United Nations and other aid […]

Nearly 25,000 fled IS attack on Ramadi in Iraq

Close to 25,000 people fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi after it was attacked by Islamic State militants and most of them headed towards Baghdad, the United Nations said on Monday.   U.N. and other aid agencies have begun distributing food, water and medical supplies as well as setting up temporary camps and latrines, the […]

Egypt death sentences for Morsi and others worry US, UN, Turkey

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will closely monitor the appeals process for the death sentences and urged actions that would promote the rule of law. The US State Department said Egypt’s practice of mass trials and sentences was unjust and often used against members of the opposition or non-violent activists. “We are deeply concerned […]

E.U. Agrees to Naval Intervention on Migrant Smugglers

European foreign and defense ministers agreed on Monday to use naval forces to intercept and disrupt ships used by smugglers of migrants from North Africa, a far more assertive attempt to combat the swelling migration crisis that has led to thousands of deaths at sea.   The aim of the program is to stop smugglers […]

Abbas: France trying to restart Mideast peace talks

France has resumed efforts to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was quoted on Thursday as saying. Abbas, who is visiting Tunisia, said France would soon present a peace initiative to the UN Security Council. He said the Palestinians welcome France’s efforts to resume the peace talks. “We welcome these efforts, […]

Israel playing chicken with the ICC

Israel is playing a high stakes game of chicken with International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda over its preliminary examination into alleged war crimes from the 2014 Gaza War. Bensouda has recognized a State of Palestine since January and has adamantly defended her position on the issue. She is not alone with support from UN […]

‘Obama mulls veto of French proposal for Palestinian state in UN Security Council’

US President Barack Obama has told associates that he intends to veto the French proposal for a UN Security Council resolution mandating the creation of a Palestinian state and an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within two years, Channel 10 is reporting on Friday.   French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said this past March […]

Australia PM’s adviser says climate change a UN hoax

Most climate models were wrong and there was little evidence of climate change, said Maurice Newman.   He said the UN had used climate change as a “hook” to establish and control a new world order.   Mr Newman’s comments were rejected by climate scientists, while Environment Minister Greg Hunt said it was “not something […]

UN Chief to Look for ‘Realistic Options’ for Israel-PA Peace

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said that after a new Israeli government has been sworn in he will investigate whether there are “realistic options” for a return to peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), Reuters reports.   “Once a new government has been sworn in, the Secretary-General will explore with Prime Minister […]

Yemen asks UN to back foreign ground force to battle Houthis

Rebel fighters have been advancing in both cities despite six weeks of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition.   The strikes began after the government sent the UN a similar letter requesting military help from Gulf Arab states.   The government also called on Tuesday for human rights groups to document “barbaric violations” by the […]