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U.N Registered 99 Sex Crime Allegations Against its Staff in 2015

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, March 4- There were 99 new allegations of sexual exploitation or sexual abuse against United Nations staff members across the U.N. system last year, a sharp increase from the 80 allegations in 2014, according to a new U.N. report. The majority of those allegations – 69 in all – involved

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Syrian Opposition Casts Doubt on U.N. Peace Talk Plan

By Lisa Barrington and John Davison BEIRUT, March 3 – Syrian rebels said on Wednesday they were under fierce government attack near the Turkish border despite a cessation of hostilities agreement and a representative cast doubt on whether U.N.-backed peace talks would go ahead on March 9 as planned. The agreement drawn up by the

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Former U.N. Chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali Dies at 93

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Feb 16 – Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, whose term was marked by war in the former Yugoslavia, famine and genocide in Africa and confrontation with the United States, died on Tuesday. He was 93. The 15-member U.N. Security Council observed a minute’s silence after the death was announced on

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Security Council to Discuss Turkish Shelling in Syria at Russia’s Request

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 16 – The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council will on Tuesday discuss Turkey’s shelling of targets in Syria at the request of Russia, which has voiced concern about Turkish military attacks on Russian-backed Kurdish militia fighters, according to an email exchange. Turkey shelled Kurdish YPG positions for a third straight day to

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Stage is Set for Syria Peace Talks as Opposition Arrives in Geneva

By Stephanie Nebehay and Suleiman Al-Khalidi GENEVA/AMMAN, Jan 31- A delegation from Syria’s main opposition group arrived in Geneva on Saturday to join U.N.-mediated peace talks, demanding President Bashar al-Assad’s government be made to comply with a U.N. resolution on humanitarian aid and human rights. “We are keen to make this negotiation a success,” opposition

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Main Syrian Opposition Heads to Geneva as Peace Talks Begin

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Stephanie Nebehay AMMAN/GENEVA, Jan 30 – A delegation from Syria’s main opposition group flew to Geneva on Saturday to assess whether to join Damascus government officials in United Nations-brokered peace talks, an opposition representative said. The 17-strong team included the head of the Saudi-backed Higher Negotiation Committee (HNC), which includes political

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South Sudan Needs Arms Embargo; Leaders Killing Civilians – U.N.

By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 – The United Nations Security Council should place an arms embargo on South Sudan, while the oil-rich country’s President Salva Kiir and a rebel leader qualify to be sanctioned over atrocities in a two-year civil war, U.N. sanctions monitors said in an annual report. The

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The Brunt of Climate Change

By Barbara Lewis PARIS, Dec 5 – Small islands affected by the rising sea levels also face the greatest risk of diseases linked to a warmer planet, health leaders said on Saturday, as 13 million medical professionals added to the calls for a global climate pact. Hundreds of thousands more people will die every year from heat

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Gunfire, Explosions in Burundi Kill At Least Five

NAIROBI, Nov 22 – At least five people were killed in overnight clashes in Burundi, police said on Sunday, and residents reported a battle at the president’s office in the capital Bujumbura which has been plagued by violence since a disputed presidential election. Burundi has been in crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April

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Two Terror Groups Claim Joint Responsibility for Mali Attack

By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO, Nov 20 – Islamist militants killed 19 people in an attack on a top hotel in the capital of Mali on Friday before Malian commandos stormed the building and rescued 170 people, many of them foreigners. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced the death toll and said seven people were wounded in

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