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SYRIA POLITICS: U.N. Abandons ‘Political Transition’ Phrase on Syria Talks in Concession to Assad

SYRIA POLITICS: U.N. Abandons ‘Political Transition’ Phrase on Syria Talks in Concession to Assad

“Political transition” is a phrase understood by the opposition to mean a removal of Syrian President Bashar al Assad or at least an erosion of his powers.

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CANADA POLITICS: UN to Negotiate With US, Canada to Resettle Rohingya Refugees

CANADA POLITICS: UN to Negotiate With US, Canada to Resettle Rohingya Refugees

1,000 Rohingya refugees had been identified as priorities for resettlement on medical grounds or because they have been separated from their family members living abroad.

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SYRIA POLITICS: New U.N. Team to Bring Syria War Crimes to Court

SYRIA POLITICS: New U.N. Team to Bring Syria War Crimes to Court

“We expect to start very, very shortly with just a handful of people,” a U.N. human rights official told Reuters.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Absolutely ‘Supports’ Two-State Solution: Nikki Haley U.S. Ambassador to UN

USA POLITICS: Trump Absolutely ‘Supports’ Two-State Solution: Nikki Haley U.S. Ambassador to UN

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, “We absolutely support the two-state solution but we are thinking out of the box as well.”

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IRAN POLITICS: ‘Iran Implementing Nuclear Deal’: UN Atomic Energy Watchdog

IRAN POLITICS: ‘Iran Implementing Nuclear Deal’: UN Atomic Energy Watchdog

Iran is implementing the deal on its nuclear program agreed with world powers, the head of the U.N. atomic energy watchdog said.

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AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: UN Lifts Sanctions On Notorious Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: UN Lifts Sanctions On Notorious Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

United Nations Security Council has dropped sanctions against Afghan strongman Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, potentially paving the way for the notorious warlord to return openly to Afghanistan.

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DR CONGO POLITICS: Rebel Revival Endangers Elections: United Nations

DR CONGO POLITICS: Rebel Revival Endangers Elections: United Nations

Congo’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ignace Gata Mavita, detailed a series of M23 incursions that began in November and accelerated last month.

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WORLD POLITICS: UN Agencies Urge Trump To Allow Refugees Entry

WORLD POLITICS: UN Agencies Urge Trump To Allow Refugees Entry

IOM and UNHCR said they remained committed to working with the U.S. administration towards a shared goal of ensuring “safe and secure resettlement and immigration programmes”.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 750,000 Living Under Militant Rule in Mosul – UN

IRAQ POLITICS: 750,000 Living Under Militant Rule in Mosul – UN

BAGHDAD: UN and several aid organizations estimated 750,000 civilians are still living under Islamic State rule in Mosul despite advances by Iraqi forces.

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WORLD POLITICS: Antonio Guterres to Security Council: Act More to Prevent War

WORLD POLITICS: Antonio Guterres to Security Council: Act More to Prevent War

“We spend far more time and resources responding to crises rather than preventing them,” Antonio Guterres said. “We need a whole new approach.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Advance in Mosul, Civilian Deaths Increase: UN

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Advance in Mosul, Civilian Deaths Increase: UN

United Nations said civilian casualties had streamed into nearby hospitals in the last two weeks as fighting intensified in the jihadist militia’s last major stronghold in Iraq.

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WORLD POLITICS: Do You Think the United Nations is Doing a Good Job or a Poor Job in Trying to Solve the Problems it Has Had to Face?

WORLD POLITICS: Do You Think the United Nations is Doing a Good Job or a Poor Job in Trying to Solve the Problems it Has Had to Face?

United Nations has begun a new year of work by defending the value of multilateralism at a time when the body is faced with voices questioning its position.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Undeterred! Netanyahu Steps Up Construction in East Jerusalem After UN Vote

ISRAEL POLITICS: Undeterred! Netanyahu Steps Up Construction in East Jerusalem After UN Vote

Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a state they seek to establish in the occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu to Rally Israelis Around Him in Anti-Obama Assault

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu to Rally Israelis Around Him in Anti-Obama Assault

Netanyahu, after critics are calling a stinging defeat on the international stage, is already maneuvering to mine deep-seated feelings among many Israelis.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Picks Nikki Haley for UN Ambassador

USA POLITICS: Trump Picks Nikki Haley for UN Ambassador

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley successor will be an entrenched veteran of the state’s GOP who as attorney general decided not to prosecute then-Gov. Mark Sanford.

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WORLD POLITICS: United Nations Resolution 2334 (Full Text)

WORLD POLITICS: United Nations Resolution 2334 (Full Text)

Reaffirming Israel’s obligation, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under Fourth Geneva Convention.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: U.S. Isolates Israel By Anti-Settlement UN Vote

ISRAEL POLITICS: U.S. Isolates Israel By Anti-Settlement UN Vote

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned ambassadors of 10 nations to Jerusalem to reprimand them and had more harsh words for the Obama administration.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Responsible for UN Rebuke of Israel: Obama Administration

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Responsible for UN Rebuke of Israel: Obama Administration

Following the vote, Netanyahu accused the Obama administration of “colluding” with the Palestinians and said he looked forward to working with Trump.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: UN Passes Resolution to End Israeli Settlements, US Abstained

PALESTINE POLITICS: UN Passes Resolution to End Israeli Settlements, US Abstained

It was adopted with 14 votes in favor. It is the first resolution the Security Council has adopted on Israel and the Palestinians in nearly eight years.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Ban Ki-moon Admits UN’s Israel Bias

ISRAEL POLITICS: Ban Ki-moon Admits UN’s Israel Bias

Ban Ki-moon says: ‘In many cases, instead of helping the Palestinian issue, this reality has foiled the ability of the UN to fulfill its role effectively.’

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