U.N. mediator warns of ‘violent, worrying, dangerous’ moment in Syria

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Feb 14 : The U.N. Syria peace mediator warned on Wednesday that a recent increase in violence has created one of the most dangerous moments in years of civil war there, as the government bombards rebel areas and foreign powers further intervene. “I have been now four years (as) special […]

On U.N. deaths, Haley asks Congo’s Kabila: what happened to my list?

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Feb 12 : U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday asked the Congolese foreign minister to deliver a message to President Joseph Kabila about the killing of two U.N. investigators: “Please ask Mr. Kabila what he did with my list.” The list, which Haley told Kabila about […]

Several options to kick-start Mideast peace talks: Palestinian UN envoy

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Feb 8 : A collective Middle East peace process could be led by the UN Security Council, a “Quartet” expanded to include China and Arab states or an international conference, the Palestinian UN envoy said on Thursday, all options involving the United States. Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour laid out […]

SKorea asks UN to allow sanctioned N.Korea official to attend Olympics

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 : South Korea asked the United Nations on Wednesday for an exemption to allow a sanctioned North Korean official to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister Kim Yo Jong. Pyongyang told Seoul that Choe Hwi, […]

UN rights chief slams Indonesia proposal to outlaw gay, extramarital sex

By Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA, Feb 7 : The United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday criticised proposals in Indonesia’s parliament to criminalize gay sex and extramarital sex, saying such laws could hurt the country’s beleaguered LGBT community and other minorities. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he had raised the issue with President Joko Widodo during […]