U.N. urges Saudi-led coalition to speed Yemen imports, avoid starvation

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 25 : The United Nations aid chief urged the Saudi-led military coalition which controls Yemen’s ports to expedite imports of vital food and fuel supplies, warning that a further 10 million Yemenis could face starvation by year-end. After three years of conflict in which the Yemeni government, backed by Riyadh’s […]

UN chief sets out disarmament vision, from hand grenades to H-bombs

By Tom Miles GENEVA, May 24 : U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres unveiled a global disarmament strategy on Thursday just as U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled a summit on nuclear disarmament with North Korea’s leader. U.N. officials billed the speech as the first ever push for comprehensive arms control by a leader of the world body […]

Russia delays UN sanctions on Libya human-trafficking leaders

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, May 21 : Russia has delayed a western proposal for a U.N. Security Council committee to blacklist six accused leaders of human trafficking and migrant smuggling networks in Libya, asking for more information on the value and efficiency of the move. The Netherlands, backed by France, Germany, Britain and the […]

U.N. council mulls calling for Palestinian protection force

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, May 18 : The United Nations Security Council will begin talks on Monday on a Kuwait-drafted resolution that condemns Israeli force against Palestinian civilians and calls for an “international protection mission” to be deployed to the occupied territories. The draft resolution, seen by Reuters on Friday, asks U.N. Secretary-General Antonio […]

Israel vilified at UN body for Gaza killings, but backed by US

By Tom Miles GENEVA, May 18 : Israel was sharply criticised at a U.N. human rights body on Friday for its killings of protesters in Gaza and treatment of the Palestinians, but Washington came to its defence. The special session of the Human Rights Council was convened after the bloodiest day for Palestinians in years […]