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U.N. Syria envoy presses for speedy Aleppo aid delivery

U.N. Syria envoy presses for speedy Aleppo aid delivery

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria called for all warring sides to agree by Sunday on a green light for a first safe delivery of relief supplies to the divided city of Aleppo.

 Sat Aug 27 14:43:48 UTC 2016
 Kerry: 'Clarity' achieved with Russia on Syria truce steps

Kerry: 'Clarity' achieved with Russia on Syria truce steps

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, walk to their seats prior to a bilateral meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The U.S. and Russia renewed efforts to secure a military and humanitarian cooperation agreement for war-torn Syria as conditions on the ground continued to deteriorate after months of hesitation, missed deadlines and failed attempts to forge a nationwide truce. (Martial Trezzini/Pool Photo via AP)

 August 26, 2016 - 21:41:27 GMT
Kerry, Lavrov meet to finalize details of Syria cooperation deal

Kerry, Lavrov meet to finalize details of Syria cooperation deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva on Friday to try to hammer out final details of a cooperation agreement on fighting Islamist militants in Syria.

 Fri Aug 26 10:45:10 UTC 2016
Russia agrees to 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. waiting for other parties to commit: de Mistura

Russia agrees to 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. waiting for other parties to commit: de Mistura

Russia has agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries, but security guarantees are awaited from other parties on the ground, U.N. officials said on Thursday.

 Thu Aug 25 16:05:41 UTC 2016
Saudi coalition air strikes kill most civilians in Yemen, Houthis also violate law: U.N.

Saudi coalition air strikes kill most civilians in Yemen, Houthis also violate law: U.N.

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen are responsible for the largest part of the 3,799 civilians killed so far and it has committed other violations that may contravene international law, the U.N. human rights office said on Thursday.

 Thu Aug 25 09:02:31 UTC 2016
Lavrov, Kerry had phone call, to meet in Geneva on Friday: Russian diplomat

Lavrov, Kerry had phone call, to meet in Geneva on Friday: Russian diplomat

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by telephone on Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the two men will hold talks in Geneva on Friday, a Russian diplomat told Reuters.

 Wed Aug 24 09:38:12 UTC 2016
U.N. braces for refugee exodus from Iraq's Mosul

U.N. braces for refugee exodus from Iraq's Mosul

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis in and around Mosul could be uprooted by the military assault to retake the city from Islamic State, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.

 Tue Aug 23 16:54:50 UTC 2016
Arms sales to Saudi 'illicit' due to civilian deaths in Yemen: campaigners

Arms sales to Saudi 'illicit' due to civilian deaths in Yemen: campaigners

A group that campaigns for stricter arms sales controls said on Monday that Western powers were breaking international law by selling vast amounts of weapons to Saudi Arabia that are being used to hit civilians in Yemen.

 Mon Aug 22 15:36:20 UTC 2016
Syria rebels guardedly welcome truce idea in

Syria rebels guardedly welcome truce idea in "nightmarish" Aleppo

The main umbrella group for the Syrian opposition on Friday cautiously welcomed a proposal for a weekly pause in fighting in Aleppo to allow aid to reach besieged areas, provided this would be monitored by the United Nations.

 Fri Aug 19 14:29:44 UTC 2016
 US says $400M payment was contingent on release of prisoners

US says $400M payment was contingent on release of prisoners

An unidentified man leaves a Dassault Falcon jet of Swiss air force at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Jan 17, 2016. A US government plane waited nearby to bring back to the US the men who were left from imprisonment in Iran the day before. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

 August 18, 2016 - 20:10:07 GMT
U.N. Syria envoy bemoans lack of aid deliveries, seeks Aleppo truce

U.N. Syria envoy bemoans lack of aid deliveries, seeks Aleppo truce

The U.N. special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said on Thursday that no aid convoys had reached besieged areas of Syria for the past month, and that he had suspended a humanitarian task force until next week as a signal to major powers.

 Thu Aug 18 10:31:02 UTC 2016
U.N. rights boss decries purge in Turkey, voices concerns on China

U.N. rights boss decries purge in Turkey, voices concerns on China

The top U.N. human rights official urged Turkey on Thursday to stem a "thirst for revenge" following a failed coup that has led to the arrest of more than 16,000 people and to uphold detainees' right to due process.

 Wed Aug 10 17:04:44 UTC 2016
U.N. calls for urgent humanitarian pause in Aleppo fighting

U.N. calls for urgent humanitarian pause in Aleppo fighting

The United Nations on Tuesday called for an urgent humanitarian ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo, in which it said two million residents were left without access to running water or electricity after attacks hit civilian infrastructure last week.

 Tue Aug 09 09:06:38 UTC 2016

U.N. rights boss deplores 'mass executions' in Iran

The hanging of up to 20 people in Iran this week follows serious doubts about the fairness of their trials and respect for due process, leading to a "grave injustice", the United Nations' top human rights official said on Friday.

 Fri Aug 05 09:29:12 UTC 2016
Islamic State captures up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqis: UNHCR

Islamic State captures up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqis: UNHCR

Islamic State fighters may have captured up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqi villagers on Thursday and subsequently executed 12 of them, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said in a daily report on events in Iraq.

 Fri Aug 05 08:03:53 UTC 2016
South Sudan security forces killed, raped civilians - U.N.

South Sudan security forces killed, raped civilians - U.N.

Government security forces in South Sudan executed civilians and gang raped women and girls during and after heavy fighting last month in the capital Juba, the United Nations human rights chief said on Thursday.

 Thu Aug 04 10:38:35 UTC 2016
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