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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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UN says Nearly One Mln Syrians Besieged; U.S. Names, Shames Commanders

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Nov 21 – The number of besieged Syrians has more than doubled over the past year to nearly one million, the United Nations aid chief told the Security Council on Monday, as the United States named 13 Syrian military commanders it accused of killing civilians. Some 850,000 of those people

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Under Trump Shadow, Climate Talks Set 2018 Deadline to Agree Rules

* Rules will keep Paris Agreement on track * Calls for Trump to reconsider climate doubts By Alister Doyle and Megan Rowling MARRAKESH, Morocco, Nov 19 – Nearly 200 nations agreed around midnight on Friday to work out the rules for a landmark 2015 global deal to tackle climate change within two years in a

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UN says Syria’s Aleppo Faces “Bleak Moment”, all Aid Convoys Blocked

* Besieged civilians out of food, medical supplies – UN * Egeland warns of “killer winter” for exhausted people * UN says aid convoys ready but awaiting green light * Angry, frustrated at “outrageous” situation – aid chief (Updates with rebels approving Aleppo aid plan, adds Douma convoy turned back) By Tom Miles GENEVA, Nov

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U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Criticises Iran for Overstepping Deal Limit

VIENNA, Nov 17 – Iran must stop repeatedly overstepping a limit on its stock of a sensitive material set by its landmark deal with major powers, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is policing the deal, said in a report last week that Iran had slightly exceeded

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Global Climate Change Action “Unstoppable” Despite Trump – UN’s Ban

MARRAKESH, Morocco, Nov 15  – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday action on climate change has become “unstoppable”, and he expressed hopes that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would drop plans to quit a global accord aimed at weaning the world off fossil fuels. At a meeting of almost 200 nations in Morocco to work

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Russia says Will Need U.N. Guarantee For New Aleppo Humanitarian Pauses

MOSCOW, Nov 12 – The Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday it would need the U.N. mission in Syria to formally confirm its ability to deliver aid to eastern Aleppo before Moscow agreed to any new humanitarian pauses in fighting in the shattered Syrian city. Moscow says previous temporary ceasefires on the ground, called to

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All Sides May be Committing War Crimes in Aleppo, UN Says

GENEVA, Nov 1  – All sides fighting over the Syrian city of Aleppo may be committing war crimes through indiscriminate attacks in civilian areas, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva on Tuesday. Last week insurgents launched an offensive against government-held western Aleppo, more than a month into an

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UN Syria Toxic Gas Inquiry Extended 18 Days to Allow More Talks

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 1 – The U.N. Security Council on Monday extended for 18 days the mandate of an international inquiry charged with laying blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria as Western states on the 15-member council attempt to negotiate a longer renewal. The year-long inquiry by the United Nations and Organization for the

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Cholera Outbreak Spreading in Yemen – WHO

SANAA, Oct 11  – More cases of cholera have been registered in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, a World Health Organisation Organization (WHO) official said on Tuesday. The United Nations first reported the cholera outbreak on Friday. “The number of cases has increased from five to 11 people,” WHO official Omar Saleh told a news conference

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