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Michelle Nichols

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura to step down at end of November

Oct 17 2018

UNITED NATIONS U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday he would step down at the end of November for family reasons, quitting as the Syrian government - backed by Iran and Russia - has retaken most of the country and a political deal remains elusive.

Nine U.N. Security Council members ask to discuss Myanmar inquiry

Oct 16 2018

UNITED NATIONS The chair of a United Nations inquiry that accused Myanmar's military of genocide is likely to brief the Security Council this month after Britain, France, the United States and six other members requested the meeting, diplomats said on Tuesday.

At U.N., Cuban diplomats shout down U.S. event on political prisoners

Oct 16 2018

UNITED NATIONS Protesting Cuban and Bolivian diplomats shouted, chanted and banged their hands on desks at the United Nations on Tuesday to drown out the launch of a U.S. campaign on the plight of Cuban political prisoners.

U.N. allows Palestinians to act more like full member in 2019

Oct 16 2018

UNITED NATIONS The 193-member United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday allowed the Palestinians to act more like a full U.N. member state during meetings in 2019 when they will chair the group of 77 developing nations.

At U.N., Cuban diplomats shout down U.S. event on political prisoners

Oct 16 2018

UNITED NATIONS Protesting Cuban diplomats shouted, chanted and banged their hands on desks at the United Nations on Tuesday to drown out the launch of a U.S. campaign on the plight of Cuban political prisoners.

Israel, Syria to reopen Golan crossing on Monday: U.S. envoy to U.N.

Oct 12 2018

UNITED NATIONS Israel, Syria and the United Nations have agreed to open the Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights on Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Friday.

Trump's U.N. envoy Haley resigns, rules out 2020 run for office

Oct 09 2018

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS Nikki Haley, a rising Republican star, said on Tuesday she was stepping down as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, but knocked down speculation that she might challenge President Donald Trump at the next election. | Video

Amal Clooney calls on Myanmar's Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters reporters

Oct 09 2018

UNITED NATIONS The families of two Reuters reporters imprisoned in Myanmar have asked for a pardon, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney told a press freedom event at the United Nations on Friday as she pressed the country's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to agree. | Video

Iran is new transit point for Somali charcoal in illicit trade taxed by militants: U.N. report

Oct 09 2018

UNITED NATIONS Criminal networks are using Iran as a transit point for illicit Somali charcoal exports that earn Islamist militants al Shabaab millions of dollars annually in tax, U.N. sanctions monitors said in a report seen by Reuters.

North Korea says 'no way' will disarm unilaterally without trust

Sep 30 2018

UNITED NATIONS North Korea's foreign minister told the United Nations on Saturday continued sanctions were deepening its mistrust in the United States and there was no way the country would give up its nuclear weapons unilaterally under such circumstances. | Video

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