Russia says UN vote on Syria sanctions negative for Geneva talks

By Tom Miles and John Irish GENEVA, Feb 28 : Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said today that a UN Security Council resolution put forward by Western powers to punish Syria’s government over its alleged use of chemical weapons would harm peace talks in Geneva. The resolution, which comes amid UN-led peace talks between […]

UN to vote tomorrow on Syria sanctions despite Russia veto pledge

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Feb 27 : The UN Security Council is set to vote tomorrow on a bid by Western powers to ban the supply of helicopters to the Syrian government and to blacklist Syrian military commanders over accusations of toxic gas attacks, despite a pledge by Russia to veto the move. The […]

Australia must do more to protect indigenous women

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Feb 27 : Australia is failing to protect its female indigenous people from violence, which is aggravated by high levels of inequity, the United Nations said on Monday. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians rank near the bottom of every social and economic indicator, which exacerbates tension in communities of the […]

UN Security Council to vote on Syria sanctions over chemical weapons -diplomat

By Rodrigo Campos UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 : The United Nations Security Council will likely vote on a resolution to blacklist 11 Syrian military commanders and officials over chemical weapons attacks as early as next week, a diplomat said. The draft resolution also seeks to ban the sale or supply of helicopters to the Syrian […]

Syrian peace talks resume in Geneva after bloody 10-month pause

By Tom Miles and Laila Bassam GENEVA, Feb 23 : Syrian peace talks in Geneva resumed today after breaking down 10 months ago as the battle for Aleppo escalated, with the UN mediator hoping to corral the warring sides into a rare face-to-face meeting. The aim is to end almost six years of war by […]

Russia’s UN envoy Churkin dies suddenly in New York

By Jack Stubbs MOSCOW, Feb 20 : Russia’s combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York today after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The ministry gave no details on the circumstances of his death but offered condolences to his relatives and said the diplomat had […]