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UN refugee chief opposes 'safe zones' in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N.'s top official on refugees pushed back against a proposed initiative that has gained recent traction to create "safe zones" in Syria for refugees, saying the country was "not the right place" for the initiative.
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Yemen war erases decade of health gains, many children starving: UNICEF

Yemen has lost a decade's worth of gains in public health as a result of war and economic crisis, with an estimated 63,000 children dying last year of preventable causes often linked to malnutrition, the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday....
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Paris Middle East summit struggles to save two-state solution

Moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would have "extremely serious consequences", French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on the day of an international Middle East peace conference in Paris. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the meeting as "futile"....
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UN chief Ban Ki-moon bids colleagues, staff farewell

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ban Ki-moon joked to hundreds of diplomats and U.N. staff as he left United Nations headquarters Friday for the last time as secretary-general that he feels "like Cinderella — tomorrow at midnight, everything changes."...
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Egypt agrees to UN Israel vote delay in call with Trump

Cairo (AFP) - Egypt said Friday it agreed to delay a vote on a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements during a phone call between President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US President-elect Donald Trump....
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U.S. intended to allow passage of U.N. draft critical of Israel: officials

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States intended to allow the U.N. Security Council to approve a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, two Western officials said on Thursday, a major reversal of U.S. practice, which prompted Israel to ask President-elect Donald Trump to apply pressure....
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UN Security Council to vote on Israel settlements

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council will vote on Thursday on an Egyptian-drafted resolution demanding that Israel immediately halt its settlement activities in the Palestinian territories and east Jerusalem....
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U.N. chief Ban may be unwitting loser in South Korea presidential scandal

SEOUL (Reuters) - Besides South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the biggest casualty of the country's mushrooming political corruption scandal may be the presidential aspirations of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon....
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U.N. slaps new sanctions on North Korea to slash cash from exports

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday aimed at cutting its annual export revenue by a quarter, after Pyongyang carried out its fifth and largest nuclear test so far in September....
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Iran Rejects Israel’s Letter to UN as ‘Baseless’

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Gholam Hossein Dehqani said a recent anti-Iran letter by the Israeli regime to the United Nations “contains a flurry of baseless and unsubstantiated accusations”. ...
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