Macau billionaire’s aide in plea talks in UN bribe case

By Nate Raymond Undated, Mar 29: The assistant to a billionaire real estate developer from Macau accused of engaging in a scheme to pay bribes to a former United Nations General Assembly president is in plea talks, his lawyer said. The negotiations involving Jeff Yin, who was arrested along with billionaire Ng Lap Seng in […]

US wants quarter cut to UN Congo troop cap, others warn wrong time

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Mar 27 : The United States wants to cut by a quarter the troop cap for the UN peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo, said diplomats, despite warnings by France and others against drastic changes to the world body’s largest and most expensive operation. The mandate for the 1.2 […]

UN envoy calls on powers to salvage Syrian ceasefire

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Mar 25 : UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia, Turkey and Iran today to salvage the tattered ceasefire in Syria that would also help keep peace talks on track. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies, Russia, Iran and Shi’ite militias from nearby countries, are seeking to staunch […]

UN envoy calls on powers to salvage Syrian ceasefire

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Mar 25 : UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia, Turkey and Iran today to salvage the tattered ceasefire in Syria that would also help keep peace talks on track. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies, Russia, Iran and Shi’ite militias from nearby countries, are seeking to staunch […]

South Sudan gov’t to blame for famine, still buying arms – UN report

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Mar 17 : South Sudan’s government is mainly to blame for famine in parts of the war-torn country, yet President Salva Kiir is still boosting his forces using millions of dollars from oil sales, according to a confidential United Nations report. UN sanctions monitors said 97 per cent of South […]

UN chief warns against abrupt US funding cuts to world body

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Mar 16 : United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on today against an abrupt cut to US funding for the world body, and France’s UN envoy said a retreat by Washington from global affairs could lead to more instability. “Abrupt funding cuts can force the adoption of ad hoc measures […]