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The Vatican’s New Femme Fatale

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
Deyan Ranko Brashich | Exclusive to Ekurd.net It may surprise you to learn that the United States as of today has only two serving, Senate approved Ambassadors, Nikki Haley, the envoy to the United Nations and David Freedman, the Ambassador to Israel. Al ...

UN Security Council to Hold Session on Situation in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-21 22:13
ERBIL — The United Nations Security Council is set to hold a session about the situation of Iraq on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 3 p.m. New York time (10 p.m. Baghdad time). The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, will brie ...

UNAMI Decries Basra, Baghdad Multiple Suicide Bombings

BAS News - 2017-05-20 17:23
ERBIL – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the series of suicide bombing attacks in Baghdad and Basra which caused many casualties, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq ...

At least 22 dead in clashes over Central African Republic town: U.N.

Reuters - 2017-05-20 14:31
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Fighting this week between rival Christian and Muslim militias in the Central African Republic town of Bria killed at least 22 people, including 17 civilians, and forced some 10,000 others to flee, the country's United Nations mission ...

Over 200,000 More Civilians Expected to Escape Mosul: UN

BAS News - 2017-05-19 01:07
LODZ — With the military confrontations intensifying on a steady pace between the Iraqi army and Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul, over 200,000 more civilians could be displaced as the result of the clashes, a senior United Nations humanitarian offi ...

Fresh Syria peace talks off to another stumbling start

Reuters - 2017-05-18 17:36
GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria peace talks hosted by the United Nations in Geneva spawned a new series of meetings on Thursday with no hint of tangible progress toward a deal to end the six-year-old civil war. ...

U.S. envoy to the U.N. will visit Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey

Reuters - 2017-05-18 02:10
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday she will visit Turkey and Jordan from May 19-25 to see how Syrian refugees "are coping, day in and day out," to see U.N. humanitarian work and highlight the U.S ...

International inquiry finds sulfur mustard exposure in Syria

Reuters - 2017-05-16 19:40
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog found that two Syrian women were exposed to sulfur mustard in an apparent attack in Aleppo province last September, a report to the United Nations Security Council said. ...

Double explosion in Rome after bombs go off near post office

Waar Media - 2017-05-12 17:26
WAAR-DUHOK: Two bombs have gone off in Rome close to a post office and a United Nations building. Police and firefighters are on the scene of the blasts which is believed to be near a side entrance of the post office. Repubblica is reporting that two IED ...

U.N. still has 'a million questions' on Syria after Astana deal

Reuters - 2017-05-11 13:59
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations still has "a million questions" about a Syria deal struck last week by Russia, Turkey and Iran, with a reported reduction in the fighting but aid convoys remain almost totally stalled, a U.N. aid official said on Thur ...

U.N. chief says seeking further $900 million for Somalia crisis response

Reuters - 2017-05-11 11:57
LONDON (Reuters) - The United Nations is seeking a further $900 million this year for Somalia, where more than 6 million people need humanitarian assistance and 275,000 malnourished children are at risk of starvation, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sa ...

EU urges U.S. not to cut U.N. funds, stay committed to climate deal

Reuters - 2017-05-09 18:34
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The European Union foreign policy chief urged the United States on Tuesday to keep funding U.N. agencies that deal with issues such as food aid, refugees and children, describing their work as sometimes more important to peace a ...

Number of Western Mosul IDPs Exceeds 435,000: UN

BAS News - 2017-05-09 01:11
LEEDS — More than 435,000 displaced people have left the northern Iraqi city of Mosul since the start of the operation against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul, the United Nations (UN) said. According to the UN, around 403,000 internally ...

UN Welcomes Japan’s Aid to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-08 15:17
BAGHDAD — The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has welcomed a contribution of 9.7 million from the government of Japan to address the shelter needs for those affected by the ongoing crisis in Iraq, said the UN-Habitat in a Monday s ...

Japan Contributes with Additional $16.7 Million in Aid to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-07 20:11
BAGHDAD — The government of Japan has contributed with an additional $16.7 million to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) and Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) to promote stabiliz ...

U.N. expert keen to probe Philippines killings, but won't debate Duterte

Reuters - 2017-05-06 16:13
MANILA (Reuters) - A United Nations expert who irked the Philippines with a surprise visit said on Saturday she was keen to return and investigate alleged summary killings, but only if President Rodrigo Duterte drops his condition that she must hold a deb ...

UN envoy taking part in Astana expert meeting on Syria

Waar Media - 2017-05-02 15:19
WAAR-DUHOK: United Nations Mine Action Service Director Agnes Marcaillou is participating in the Astana meeting involving military experts from the guarantor countries of the Syrian ceasefire, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service said in a stateme ...

Rights group accuses Syria of several likely nerve agent attacks

Reuters - 2017-05-01 20:31
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch on Monday accused Syrian government forces of likely dropping bombs containing nerve agents at least three times elsewhere in the country before an April 4 attack that killed dozens of people and sparked a ret ...

Courageous Syrian swimmer named UN refugee agency Goodwill Ambassador

United Nations - 2017-04-30 04:44
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today appointed Yusra Mardini – a Syrian refugee who together with her sister swam for three hours in the Mediterranean Sea off Turkey’s coast, pulling a capsizing boat of refugees to ...

At U.N., U.S. calls for pressure on Russia to try to end Syria war

Reuters - 2017-04-27 20:42
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, pushed the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to focus "all eyes and all pressure" on Russia to try and end the Syrian conflict and pressed for council action even if it fac ...

WHO Sends 15 More Ambulances to Mosul Frontlines

BAS News - 2017-04-24 23:53
SOFIA — Iraqi health authorities will be receiving 15 additional ambulances in order to improve the transportation from the frontline to the trauma stabilization points and hospitals, the United Nations World Health Organization said in a statement on Mo ...

Li gor UN (United Nations) ji her 10 deqeyan zarokeke Yemenî dimre

Peyama Kurd - 2017-04-24 23:45
Ji du salan zêdetire ku li Yemenê şereke dijwar heye. Her çendîn rêxistinên navdewletî dixwazin problemên wê derê çareser bikin an jî kêm bikin, Mekteba UN ya Karên Însanî, di beyaneke xwe de dibêje ji her 10 deqeyan zarokekî ku temenê wî di binê 5 salan ...

U.N. 'horrified' by video showing killing of experts in Congo

Reuters - 2017-04-24 21:20
KINSHASA (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Monday it was horrified by a video screened by the government of Democratic Republic of Congo that appeared to show the brutal killing of two U.N. investigators. ...

UN Marks Yezidi New Year by Renewing Call for Rescue of Thousands from IS

BAS News - 2017-04-19 22:03
BAGHDAD — On the occasion of the Yezidi New Year known as ‘Red Wednesday’, the United Nation has renewed a call for the release of thousands of Yezidis from the grip of Islamic State (IS). “The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-Gener ...

U.N. votes to close, replace Haiti peacekeeping mission

Reuters - 2017-04-13 18:28
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Thursday to end its 13-year-long peacekeeping mission in Haiti and replace it with a smaller police, which would be drawn down after two years as the country boosts its ow ...

Russia vetoes U.N. resolution on Syria attack, China abstains

Reuters - 2017-04-12 22:01
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia again cast a veto at the United Nations Security Council to shield Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, blocking a Western bid on Wednesday to condemn a deadly gas attack in Syria and push the Syrian government to cooperate ...

U.N. council to vote to close Haiti peacekeeping mission

Reuters - 2017-04-11 23:32
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Thursday to close a 13-year-long peacekeeping mission in Haiti this year and replace it with a smaller police operation, which would be drawn down over two years as the count ...

Western push at U.N. to boost backing for Syria gas attack inquiry

Reuters - 2017-04-11 20:12
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States, Britain and France want the United Nations Security Council to bolster its support for international inquiries into a deadly toxic gas attack in Syria that western powers blame on Syrian President Bashar al-As ...

G7 foreign ministers seek U.S. clarity over Syria

Reuters - 2017-04-10 04:43
LUCCA, Italy (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven major industrialized nations meet on Monday for an annual gathering, with Europe and Japan seeking clarity from the United States on an array of issues, especially Syria. ...

UN Focused On Future of Iraq After IS: UNAMI Deputy Representative

BAS News - 2017-04-08 17:29
UN deals with the issues as they come in Iraq, George Boston says ERBIL — Regarding the Kurdistan Region independence, the Deputy Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), George Boston, said the issue rests o ...

Exclusive: Mexico opens up its heroin fight to U.S., U.N. observers

Reuters - 2017-04-07 21:41
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - For the first time in at least a decade, Mexico's army is allowing the United States and the United Nations to observe opium poppy eradication, a step toward deeper cooperation to fight heroin traffickers, three sources in Mexico s ...

U.N. says Syria action must abide by international law

Reuters - 2017-04-07 18:14
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Immediate action is needed to protect the Syrian people but it should be "rooted in the principles of the United Nations and international law," U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman said on Friday. ...

UN says 40-50 years needed to clear weapons in Iraq and Syria

E-Kurd - 2017-04-07 09:04
UNITED NATIONS,— It will take 40 to 50 years to clear the mines, improvised explosive devices and other unexploded ordnance from Iraq and Syria, the United Nations said Tuesday. “We are looking at decades of work for these countries to look like post-Wor ...

At U.N., France urges U.S. to commit to Syria solution

Reuters - 2017-04-05 17:52
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France urged Russia on Wednesday to exert stronger pressure on the Syrian government to end the country's six-year-long war after a poison gas attack killed scores of people, and called on the United States to seriously commit t ...

U.S., France, Britain propose U.N. resolution on Syria gas attack

Reuters - 2017-04-05 10:35
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States, Britain and France on Tuesday proposed a United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria, which diplomats said would likely be put to a vote on Wednesd ...

France calls UN for meeting after suspected Syria chemical attack

Waar Media - 2017-04-04 16:30
WAAR-DUHOK: France’s foreign minister on Tuesday called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council after a suspected gas attack on Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, Reuters reported on Tuesday. “A new and particularly serious chemic ...

U.N. expands civilian camps as air strikes resume on Mosul

Reuters - 2017-04-04 14:53
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it is expanding camps for displaced people around Mosul, as air strikes resumed on Islamic State positions in Iraq's second largest city. ...

Syrian people do not want Assad as leader: Haley

Reuters - 2017-04-03 22:33
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States does not believe that the Syrian people want President Bashar al-Assad as their leader any longer, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday. ...

Why is Abdullah Ocalan Indisputable Kurdish Leader?

E-Kurd - 2017-04-03 14:59
Hamma Mirwaisi | Exclusive to Ekurd.net If the United Nations (UN) had authority to hold the free and clean election in Kurdistan today, the majority of Kurds would vote for Abdullah Ocalan to lead them. The referendum can be seen in the Newroz of 2017. ...

Japan Donates $4.3 Million to Support Humanitarian Mine Action in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-04-02 21:59
BAGHDAD — The government of Japan has allocated an additional $4,347,100 to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to mitigate the threat of explosive hazards in Iraq. “With this contribution, UNMAS will provide risk education, survey and clearan ...

U.N. calls on Gulf countries to do more to help Syrian refugees

Reuters - 2017-04-02 17:55
KUWAIT (Reuters) - A senior United Nations refugee official on Sunday called on Gulf Arab states to give more to help Syrians displaced by six years of civil war, saying she saw little sign that the crisis would end any time soon. ...

Kurdistan Region will hold referendum this year: Official

KurdPress - 2017-04-01 19:51
The independence referendum in Kurdistan Region will be held this year and the United Nations (UN) and the US will have a supporting role in the move, said Muhammed Haji Mahmud, Secretary General of Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party. ...

Violence in Iraq Killed 548 Civilians in March Only: UN

BAS News - 2017-04-01 18:51
BAGHDAD — Acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts across Iraq in March has costed the lives of 548 civilians with 567 others wounded, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Nineveh was th ...

UN Agrees to Oversee Kurdistan Independence Referendum: Official

BAS News - 2017-04-01 13:53
Kurdistan Region will hold a referendum on independence in 2017 ERBIL — The independence referendum in Kurdistan Region will be held this year and the United Nations (UN) and the US will have a supporting role in the move, said Muhammed Haji Mahmud, Secr ...

Russia, China seek chemical weapons probe in Iraq

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
UNITED NATIONS,— Russia and China have proposed that a United Nations panel investigating chemical weapons use in Syria be extended to Iraq, a proposal Britain immediately rejected. The two countries raised the prospect of broadening the scope of the Joi ...

Iraqi forces pause Mosul push over concern for civilian casualties

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
MOSUL,— Iraqi government forces paused in their push to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State militants on Saturday because of the high rate of civilian casualties, a security forces spokesman said. The halt was called as the United Nations expresse ...

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres starts official visit to Iraq

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
BAGHDAD,— United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Iraq on Thursday amid a growing humanitarian crisis due to months-long fighting against the Islamic State group in Mosul, as the extremist group claimed responsibility for an overnigh ...

UN Secretary-General Guterres meets with Iraqi Kurdish officials

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil on Thursday to meet with senior Kurdish officials. The U.N. chief held his first talks with Massoud Barzani upon hi ...

Yazidi Leaders Meet UN Secretary General in Erbil

Waar Media - 2017-03-31 19:12
WAAR-DUHOK: In a meeting with the Kurdish Yezidi leaders, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his support for the religious minority and ensured them that their demands were discussed with the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Bar ...

Yezidi Leaders to UN Chief: Sinjar Better off Under KRG Jurisdiction

BAS News - 2017-03-31 14:34
ERBIL — In a meeting with the Kurdish Yezidi leaders, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his support for the religious minority and ensured them that their demands were discussed with the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani ...

UN Chief: KRG Making “Huge Effort” to Support IDPs

BAS News - 2017-03-31 13:31
Antonio Guterres visited an IDP camp while in Erbil ERBIL — After paying a visit to the Hassan Shan IDP camp in Kurdistan Region, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that Kurdistan Regional Government, alongside the NGOs and UN agenc ...

U.N. Secretary General calls for more aid as people flee Mosul

Reuters - 2017-03-31 11:29
HASSAN SHAM CAMP, Iraq (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday called on the international community to increase aid to help people fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul which government forces have been battling to retake from I ...

UN Condemns Wednesday’s Terrorist Attack on Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-03-30 19:25
BAGHDAD — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the terrorist bombing in Yousufiyah at Baghdad’s southern entrance late Wednesday, 29 March 2017, in which a number of people were ...

U.N. looks for Trump foreign policy hints from tough-talking envoy

Reuters - 2017-03-30 13:38
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Nikki Haley has made a tough-talking debut as U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy to the United Nations but her counterparts on the powerful Security Council are waiting to see if that will translate into policies differing from ...

U.S. envoy to U.N.: Syria's Assad 'hindrance to moving forward'

Reuters - 2017-03-29 15:28
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Wednesday that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is a "big hindrance in trying to move forward" to find an end to the country's six-year conflict. ...
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