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UK Refuses to Back UN Inquiry into Saudi ‘War Crimes’ Amid Fears It will Damage Trade

UK refuses to back UN inquiry into Saudi 'war crimes' amid fears it will damage trade

Britain vowed not to back a proposed UN investigation into possible war crimes by Saudi Arabia in Yemen after the Kingdom threatened to review its trade with nations who backed the move. A Saudi-led coalition has been waging war in northern Yemen for more than two years against Houthi forces. More than 10,000 have been killed – many of whom …

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Official abuses, surveillance of activist persist in Myanmar: UN envoy

Official abuses surveillance of activist persist in Myanmar

A UN official says Myanmar’s police and intelligence apparatus continue to follow and interrogate activists and journalists at the end of a visit she said was marred by official snooping and access restrictions. At the conclusion of her 12-day tour of Myanmar, the United Nations Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee told a Friday press conference in the city of Yangon that …

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UN rejects Israel claims of Hezbollah operating under cover of NGO

UN rejects Israel claims of Hezbollah operating under cover of NGO

.The United Nations has dismissed Israeli accusations that Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement is setting up observation posts on the border under the guise of an environmental NGO. Earlier this week, the Israeli military published photographs and footage showing what it claimed to be Hezbollah observation posts established on behalf of “Green Without Borders” near the frontier with the occupied territories. …

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Up to 80 civilians ‘killed in US air strike’ in Mosul, UN confirms

Up to 80 civilians 'killed in US air strike' in Mosul, UN confirms

.Human rights groups warn indiscriminate bombing of densely populated areas and use of heavy ordinance could amount to war crimes The UN’s human rights office has said that an initial investigation has confirmed that between 50 – 80 Iraqi civilians were killed in a recent US-led coalition bombing of Mosul, while hundreds more died at the hands of Isis militants. …

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UN ‘extremely concerned’ over potential attack on Yemen’s Hudaydah

UN extremely concerned over potential attack on Yemens Hudaydah

The United Nations has warned against a possible military action against Yemen’s Houthi-controlled port city of Hudaydah, where over 70 percent of the nation’s food imports and relief aid is delivered. During a Friday panel discussion on Yemeni crisis at the Washington-based Middle East Institute, the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said he was “extremely …

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UN chief alarmed by Israel’s approval of new settlement

UN chief alarmed by Israels approval of new settlement

Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres is disappointed and alarmed by Israel’s approval of the construction of its first completely new settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory of West Bank in 25 years. “The secretary general has consistently stressed that there is no Plan B for Israelis and Palestinians to live together in peace and security,” UN spokesman …

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US threatens to leave UNHCR over ‘obsession’ with Israel

US threatens to leave UNHCR over obsession with Israel

The United States says it is considering ending its participation in the UN Human Rights Council over the inter-governmental body’s “bias” and “obsession” with Israel. In a speech before the Geneva-based UNHRC, US envoy Erin Barclay said Washington “remains deeply troubled by the Council’s consistent unfair and unbalanced focus on…Israel.” “The obsession with Israel…is the largest threat to this council’s …

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UN ‘extremely’ concerned for civilian safety in embattled Mokha

UN extremely concerned for civilian safety in embattled Mokha

The UN aid official for Yemen has voiced “extreme concern” about the severity of the situation facing civilians in the southwestern port city of Mokha, which has been under attack by Saudi mercenaries backed by Riyadh’s air raids. UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick sounded the alarm on Tuesday concerning the port city of al-Mokha, while suggesting that the …

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UK ‘helped push through UN settlement resolution’ branded ‘declaration of war’ by Benjamin Netanyahu

UK 'helped push through UN settlement resolution' branded 'declaration of war' by Benjamin Netanyahu

The resolution is swiftly becoming a central rift between President Obama and President-elect Trump, as well as increasing tensions across the globe The UK helped push through a UN resolution that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an “act of war”. British diplomats at the UN helped craft the resolution so that it would sit better with the US, according …

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Israel may go ahead with settlement plans despite UN vote: Official

Israel may go ahead with settlement plans despite UN vote: Official

An Israeli official says the regime may press ahead with its plans to build thousands more illegal settler units in the occupied territories in blatant disregard of a recent anti-settlement resolution at the United Nations Security Council. The Israeli anti-settlement NGO Ir Amim said on Tuesday that the Jerusalem District Zoning Committee will discuss on Wednesday the issuance of building …

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