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UN Chief Wants Action from Security Council to End Syrian Conflict

UN Chief Wants Action from Security Council to End Syrian Conflict

SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had a pretty stern message from the international community at the start of the General Assembly Tuesday: fix the situation in Syria or suffer the consequences.With …

Mideast Unrest Tops Hillary Clinton’s Agenda at Start of UN Meeting

Mideast Unrest Tops Hillary Clinton’s Agenda at Start of UN Meeting

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stacked her first full day of diplomacy at this year’s annual U.N. General Assembly meeting, also known as UNGA, by meeting with the leaders of some of the United States&rsquo…

Iranian President Predicts ‘Elimination’ of Israel

Iranian President Predicts ‘Elimination’ of Israel

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad kept to the same script in making his annual pilgrimage to New York City for the United Nations General Assembly session, expressing his government’s disdain for Israel in remarks t…

UN Special Envoy to Syria Describes ‘Very Grim’ Situation

UN Special Envoy to Syria Describes ‘Very Grim’ Situation

ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a blunt assessment of the situation in Syria far bleaker than his predecessor ever gave, United Nations special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Monday that substantial change, not reform, is the only answer …

Syrians Fleeing to Neighboring Countries Amount to Monthly Record High

Syrians Fleeing to Neighboring Countries Amount to Monthly Record High

SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — More than 100,000 Syrians fled their country in August — the highest number of refugees in one month, the United Nations said Tuesday.Last month, displaced Syrians made up over 40 percent of the more than 200,…

New UN Envoy to Syria Seeks Cooperation from Both Sides in Conflict

New UN Envoy to Syria Seeks Cooperation from Both Sides in Conflict

ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The appointment of veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi as United Nations special emissary to Syria late last week isn’t expected to achieve immediate results in trying to end the year-and-a-half-…

Beyonce’s ‘I Was Here’ Music Video Debuts for World Humanitarian Day

Beyonce’s ‘I Was Here’ Music Video Debuts for World Humanitarian Day

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In an effort to encourage people around the world to make a difference, singer Beyonce Knowles has teamed up with the United Nations for her latest music video.“I Was Here” was taped in front of a …

UN Settles On New Envoy for Syria

UN Settles On New Envoy for Syria

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The United Nations is still on a mission to help establish a Syria without conflict and violence, and has appointed a new envoy for the embattled nation.To ease the conflict in Syria, the UN and the League of Ara…

UN Settles On New Envoy for Syria

UN Settles On New Envoy for Syria

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The United Nations is still on a mission to help establish a Syria without conflict and violence, and has appointed a new envoy for the embattled nation.To ease the conflict in Syria, the UN and the League of Ara…

United Nations Ends Monitor Mission in Syria

United Nations Ends Monitor Mission in Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The United Nations has decided to end its monitoring mission in Syria a few days earlier than next Sunday’s original expiration date following a bombing in Damascus Wednesday that came too close for comfort to its ob…

US Ambassador to UN Claims Iran Playing ‘Nefarious’ Role in Syria

US Ambassador to UN Claims Iran Playing ‘Nefarious’ Role in Syria

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration stated bluntly on Thursday that Iran is responsible for much of the violence now occurring in Syria.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice argued that Syrian President …

UN Votes to Condemn Syria with New Resolution

UN Votes to Condemn Syria with New Resolution

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution urging political transition in Syria, and demanding the lockdown of its chemical weapons. “The first step in the cessation of violence,” the res…

White House Blames China, Russia for Syrian Peace Failure

White House Blames China, Russia for Syrian Peace Failure

Jason Kempin/FilmMagic(WASHINGTON) — The White House blamed Russia and China on Thursday for the failure of Kofi Annan’s peace mission in Syria.Annan formally announced on Thursday he would step down as special envoy to Syria at the end of the m…

Fighting Continues in Syria’s Largest City, Thousands Unable to Flee

Fighting Continues in Syria’s Largest City, Thousands Unable to Flee

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The United Nations’ refugee agency says thousands of civilians are trapped in Syria’s largest city — unable to flee or afraid that it’s too dangerous — as the fighting there intensifies.As the Syri…

Fighting Continues in Syria’s Largest City, Thousands Unable to Flee

Fighting Continues in Syria’s Largest City, Thousands Unable to Flee

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The United Nations’ refugee agency says thousands of civilians are trapped in Syria’s largest city — unable to flee or afraid that it’s too dangerous — as the fighting there intensifies.As the Syri…

Fighting Continues in Syria’s Largest City, Thousands Unable to Flee

Fighting Continues in Syria’s Largest City, Thousands Unable to Flee

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The United Nations’ refugee agency says thousands of civilians are trapped in Syria’s largest city — unable to flee or afraid that it’s too dangerous — as the fighting there intensifies.As the Syri…

Escalating Violence Fuels Syrian Refugee Crisis

Escalating Violence Fuels Syrian Refugee Crisis

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As violence escalates across Syria, the number of refugees crossing into the country’s four neighbors — Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey — almost doubled each night this week, according to the U.N.“We&r…

As World Leaders Talk, ‘Time Is Running Out’ in Syria

As World Leaders Talk, ‘Time Is Running Out’ in Syria

Jason Kempin/FilmMagic(GENEVA) — Following some of the bloodiest days of the Syrian conflict, representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States — alon…

UN Releases Latest Statistics on World’s Refugee Population

UN Releases Latest Statistics on World’s Refugee Population

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The number of people joining the ranks of the world’s refugee population grew by another 800,000 in 2011, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.Despite this figure, the actual number o…

UN Monitors Halt Mission to Check Compliance of Syrian Ceasefire Pact

UN Monitors Halt Mission to Check Compliance of Syrian Ceasefire Pact

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The decision by the United Nations to suspend its observer mission in Syria because of safety concerns has angered opponents of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.Initially, the monitors were sent in to c…

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