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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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Iraq Requests U.N. Emergency Meeting on Turkish Troops in North

BAGHDAD, Oct 6 – Iraq has requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the presence of Turkish troops on its territory as a dispute with Ankara escalates. Turkey’s parliament voted last week to extend the deployment of an estimated 2,000 troops across northern Iraq by a year to combat “terrorist

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EU sees Support for Afghan Peace Talks as New Aid Flows In

By Robin Emmott and David Brunnstrom BRUSSELS, Oct 5  – Regional powers agreed to try to revive Afghanistan’s stalled peace process after almost 40 years of conflict, the EU’s foreign policy chief said on Wednesday, as governments began to raise some $13 billion to fund the country through 2020. With the government in Kabul facing

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“Unfair” Refugee Distribution Stokes Global Crisis

LONDON, Oct 4 – The burden of the global refugee crisis is being unfairly shared, with just 10 countries hosting the majority of refugees, humanitarian groups said, urging wealthy nations to step up their response. Fighting in Syria, Afghanistan, Burundi and South Sudan has pushed the total number of refugees to a record 21.3 million

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EU Proposes New Aleppo Aid Plan, Seeks Safety Guarantees

BEIRUT, Oct 3 – The European Union proposed a new humanitarian plan in coordination with the United Nations for the besieged half of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, but said it required cooperation from all parties to the conflict. The plan aims to deliver medical, water and food aid from EU stocks in

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U.N. Resumes Syria Aid Delivery After Attack

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA, Sept 22 – The United Nations appealed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups on Thursday to allow aid convoys to enter eastern Aleppo as U.N. relief operations in Syria resumed after a 48-hour suspension due to a deadly attack. A U.N. convoy loaded with medical and

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