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No EU Money for Rebuilding Syria Unless Damascus, Moscow Allow Assad Opposition

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, Dec 13 – The European Union will not pay towards rebuilding post-war Syria if Moscow and Damascus leave no space in the future for opposition to President Bashar al-Assad’s government, according to a draft joint statement from the EU’s 28 leaders. For weeks, Syrian, Russian and Iranian firepower has pounded rebels

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U.N. calls for Aleppo Evacuation Plan; Politician Warns of Extermination

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Dec 8  – The United States and Russia must broker an evacuation from east Aleppo, U.N. Syria humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said on Thursday, as a local politician warned that 150,000 people there faced “extermination”. Five months of negotiations over aid plans have produced “nothing”, Egeland said, and

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Yemen says U.N. Roadmap to End Conflict Sets ‘Dangerous Precedent’

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 – Yemen on Tuesday appeared to reject a U.N. plan to end its civil war, saying the roadmap would create a “dangerous international precedent” by legitimizing the rebellion against the country’s internationally recognized government. Yemen’s position deals a major setback to international efforts to end the 20-month conflict, which has unleashed a

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U.N. Launches Record $22.2 Billion Humanitarian Appeal for 2017

By Umberto Bacchi LONDON, Dec 5 – The United Nations launched a record humanitarian appeal on Monday, asking for $22.2 billion in 2017 to help almost 93 million people hit by conflicts and natural disasters. More than half of the money will be used to address the needs of people caught up in crises in

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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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