Over 300 civilians killed since start of west Mosul operation: UN

Over 300 civilians have been killed since last month in an offensive against ISIS in western Mosul, the UN said Tuesday, adding the toll could exceed 400 if fresh killings are verified. “According to information verified by the UN Human

Around 40,000 Syrians displaced by fighting near Hama

About 40,000 people, mainly women and children, have been displaced by fighting northwest of Hama city in Syria, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Since a rebel offensive began in the area a week ago, people have fled south and

Iraqi forces launch renewed attack on Mosul’s Old City

Iraqi forces launched a renewed attack against militants in Mosul’s Old City on Monday, a senior commander said. The United Nations has warned that 400,000 people are “trapped” in the central Mosul area under siege-like conditions, as Iraqi forces battle

UN peacekeeping chief defends cost of missions

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UN peacekeeping missions, under threat from budget cuts if Washington’s promise to slash its UN spending goes ahead, are already costing as little as possible, a UN official said Friday. The comments come after US President Donald Trump this month

Israel ‘ignoring’ a UN resolution to immediately halt settlements

Israel has ignored a United Nations resolution demanding it halt settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territory that was criticized by the Trump administration, the UN Middle East envoy said Friday. Although the UN Security Council resolution passed December 23

Myanmar rejects UN investigation of anti-Rohingya crimes

Myanmar on Saturday rejected the UN rights council’s decision to investigate allegations that security officers have murdered, raped and tortured Rohingya Muslims, saying the probe would only “inflame” the conflict. The Geneva-based body agreed Friday to “urgently” dispatch a fact-finding

Syrian rivals tackle governance, terrorism at UN talks

Syrian rivals will tackle all agenda items at peace talks this week, including political transition, the United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Friday, warning not to expect “miracles.” The fifth round of stalled UN-backed negotiations have started in

Syrian opposition calls for direct negotiations at the Geneva talks

After the preliminary talks that took place Thursday, the Geneva talks on Syria are expected to begin on Friday with substantive talks between the participating delegations. In this context, the spokesman of the Supreme Commission for Negotiations Salem al Mosalat

UN says all Syrian sides confirm to attend peace talks

Syrian government and rebel delegations have confirmed their attendance at peace talks set to resume in Geneva this week, the United Nations said on Tuesday, despite renewed fighting around Damascus. “All invitees who had already attended the previous round of

UN rejects coalition call to supervise Yemen port

The United Nations on Monday rejected a call by the Arab coalition for the key port of Hudaydah to be placed under its supervision. The coalition made the appeal following an attack on a boat carrying Somali refugees off the

Senior UN official quits after “apartheid” Israel report pulled

A senior UN official resigned on Friday over the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians, saying “powerful member states” pressured the world body and its chief with “vicious attacks and threats.” United Nations

UN chief wants report on ‘apartheid’ Israel taken off web

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the UN regional commission that represents most Arab countries to remove from its website a report accusing Israel of practicing an “apartheid regime” against Palestinians, a UN official said on Friday. The report

UN envoy urges speedier Syria talks to avoid seventh year of war

Negotiations to end the war in Syria must speed up, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told Reuters on Wednesday, on the sixth anniversary of the start of the conflict. So far talks to end the war, which has killed

Tripoli armed factions take over rival’s compound in heavy fighting

Armed groups aligned with a UN-backed government in Tripoli took over a compound occupied by a rival prime minister early on Wednesday, after heavy fighting that spread to several parts of the Libyan capital. The offices of a television station

UN report: Israel imposes ‘apartheid regime’ on Palestinians

A UN agency published a report on Wednesday accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people, and said it was the first time a UN body had clearly made the charge. The report commissioned

EU unveils Syria reconstruction plan

The EU unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to support the reconstruction of war-torn Syria, calling it a “dividend” to encourage warring parties to reach a peace deal. Ahead of an April 5 Syria conference in Brussels, European Union foreign affairs

‘No sign’ of ISIS chemical weapons use in Mosul

Iraq’s UN envoy said Friday there was no evidence that ISIS had used chemical weapons in the battle for Mosul. Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim said he conveyed the information to the United Nations after speaking with his government in Baghdad on

‘World facing largest humanitarian crisis since 1945’

The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Friday. Stephen O’Brien told the U.N. Security

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