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U.N. States Seeking Resolution to Demand End to Fighting in Syria

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 2 – The United Nations General Assembly began talks on Friday on a draft resolution that would demand an end to fighting in Syria amid frustration by some states and rights groups over U.N. Security Council deadlock on the nearly six-year conflict. More than a third of the 193-member

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U.N. Close to Sanctions Deal to Slash N. Korea Export Earnings -Diplomats

Nov 25 – The U.N. Security Council’s five veto powers are close to approving new sanctions on North Korea to cut the isolated state’s earnings from exports by more than a quarter, principally by targeting its coal exports to China, diplomats said on Friday. The U.S.-drafted resolution, in response to North Korea’s fifth nuclear test

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U.N. Envoy Sees Continued U.S. Work to End Syria War

BERLIN, Nov 25 – The U.N. Special Envoy for Syria on Thursday said U.S. President Barack Obama could well keep working until his last day in office to end the war in Syria, and Russia did not want to be held responsible for the demolition of eastern Aleppo. “I would never underestimate an outgoing U.S.

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Aleppo Rebels Agree UN Aid Plan; Russia, Syria Yet to Approve

GENEVA, Nov 24 – Syrian rebels in besieged east Aleppo have agreed to a U.N. plan for aid delivery and medical evacuations, but the United Nations awaits a green light from Russia and the Syrian government, humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said on Thursday. With freezing winter conditions setting in, some 275,000 people are trapped in

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Want to Solve Global Crises? $5 Million Prize Seeks Fresh Ideas

By Laurie Goering LONDON, Nov 24 – As the world grapples with potentially catastrophic global problems, including climate change, it needs to find solutions by overcoming short-term thinking, risk analysts say. To drive that, a Swedish risk specialist and philanthropist is offering a $5 million prize for the best idea to create a new international

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Week In History: November 23rd – November 29th

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  November 23, 1985: Terrorist Group Abu Nidal Hijacks EgyptAir Jet in Malta; 60 Killed  Three Palestinian members of the terrorist group Abu Nidal, an offshoot of Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Organization, hijacked EgyptAir Flight 648 enroute Cairo from Athens. The terrorists, calling themselves Egypt

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U.N. Set to Extend Inquiry into Syria Toxic Gas Attacks: Diplomats

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 – The U.N. Security Council was set to approve on Thursday a one-year extension of an international inquiry charged with laying blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, diplomats said, paving the way for a showdown over how to punish those responsible. Russia has said it wants the

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This Week in History: November 16 – November 22

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid November 16, 1988: Benazir Bhutto Becomes First Female Muslim Head of State In the first free general elections held on November 16, 1988, Benazir Bhutto became the first female prime minister of Pakistan and the Muslim world’s first female head of state.

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Food Production in Syria Hits All-Time Low – U.N. Agencies

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Nov 15  – Food production has dropped to an all-time low in Syria where civilians are struggling through their sixth winter in a war zone, U.N. agencies said on Tuesday. Many farmers have had to abandon their land, unable to afford the soaring cost of seeds, fertilisers and tractor fuel, the

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U.N. Says Tank Shell Hits its Aleppo Office

GENEVA, Nov 1 – A tank shell hit the United Nations office in western Aleppo on Sunday, damaging the top floors of a building that is well known to be the U.N. base in the contested Syrian city, a U.N. statement said on Monday. “It is appalling that the building that houses the U.N. offices

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