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China Urges Diplomats and U.N. to Boycott Dalai Lama in Geneva

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, March 10 – China has written to diplomats and U.N. officials urging them not to attend a Geneva event on Friday where the Dalai Lama will speak, reasserting that it opposes his appearance at all venues due to his “separatist activities”. Reuters reported in October that China is waging a campaign

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Morocco Accuses U.N.’s Ban of Dropping Neutrality Over West Sahara

By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Louis Charbonneau RABAT/UNITED NATIONS, March 10 – Morocco’s government has accused U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of dropping his neutrality in the Western Sahara conflict by using the word “occupation” to describe Morocco’s presence in the region. The United Nations responded by dismissing the suggestion that Ban was anything but

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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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U.N. Considering New Measures to Combat Peacekeeper Crimes

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, March 3 – The United Nations is considering new measures to crack down on sexual abuse by peacekeepers, including local prosecutions and registering personal details on blue helmets to make it easier to identify perpetrators, a U.N. official said on Wednesday. Over the past year the world body has been

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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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U.N. Gathers Libya War Crimes Evidence, Calls for ICC Action

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Feb 25 – All sides in Libya have committed war crimes and other human rights abuses in the past two years and those responsible should face investigation and prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), a United Nations report said on Thursday. An investigation by six U.N. human rights officers compiled

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U.N. Yemen Envoy Says Divisions Over Truce Preventing Peace Talks

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Feb 18 – The United Nations special envoy for Yemen said on Wednesday he was unable to call another round of peace talks because the warring parties are deeply divided over whether there should be a ceasefire to coincide with a new round of negotiations. During the first round of

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Syrian Gov’t Approves Access to Seven Besieged Areas

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 16 – The Syrian government has approved access to seven besieged areas, including Mouadamiya al-Sham near Damascus and Deir al-Zor, and U.N. convoys are expected to set off in days, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday. “I understand that the Government of Syria has

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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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