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New Massacre in Syria Pushes UN to the Edge

New Massacre in Syria Pushes UN to the Edge

Jason Kempin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Responding to reports of another large-scale massacre of civilians in Syria, United Nations special emissary Kofi Annan told the Security Council Thursday that action must be taken quickly to stop President Bashar al…

Geithner Calls on World Community to Hit Syria with Harsher Sanctions

Geithner Calls on World Community to Hit Syria with Harsher Sanctions

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — A top White House official warned Syria on Wednesday that failure to end 15 months of violence will result in extreme economic penalties for the government of President Bashar al-Assad.Speaking at a meeting of …

Somali Journalist Gunned Down, Sixth Killed in 5 Months

Somali Journalist Gunned Down, Sixth Killed in 5 Months

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOGADISHU, Somalia) — A local journalist was gunned down in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, becoming the sixth journalist killed so far this year and putting the east African nation on track to have its deadliest year ever for …

UN Observers Experience Another Close Call in Syria

UN Observers Experience Another Close Call in Syria

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Observers from the United Nations’ mission in Syria were in the vicinity of a rocket-powered grenade fired in their direction Sunday in the town of Douma, north of Damascus.None of the monitors, including its le…

Kofi Annan Acknowledges Weaknesses in Syrian Ceasefire Pact

Kofi Annan Acknowledges Weaknesses in Syrian Ceasefire Pact

Jason Kempin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Kofi Annan is seeing his plan to bring peace to Syria crumble before his eyes.Less than two weeks after President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian rebels agreed to the United Nations special emissary’s six-point ceasefire …

UN Monitors Watch Syrian Troops Fire on Demonstrators

UN Monitors Watch Syrian Troops Fire on Demonstrators

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — United Nations observers got a first-hand look at just how tenuous the week-long ceasefire in Syria actually is when they saw demonstrators get fired upon by Syrian forces on Wednesday.The monitors were …

UN Monitors in Syria Will Measure Effect of Ceasefire Plan

UN Monitors in Syria Will Measure Effect of Ceasefire Plan

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Even as United Nations monitors finally arrived in Syria on Sunday to determine if President Bashar al-Assad is adhering to a six-point ceasefire plan, government forces bombarded suspected rebel targets …

Haiti Teen to Testify in UN Scandal

Haiti Teen to Testify in UN Scandal

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The teenage boy who was allegedly sexually assaulted by United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti reportedly plans to testify against his attackers. Fritz Dorziair, a representative for the boy’s family, said the teen and his parents w…

Titanic Wreck to Go Under the Protection of UNESCO

Titanic Wreck to Go Under the Protection of UNESCO

Universal History Archive/Getty Images(PARIS) — The iconic sunken luxury liner that has captured both the world’s fascination and curiosity for nearly a century will go under the protection of the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO on April 1…

UN Approves Document Endorsing Cessation of Violence in Syria

UN Approves Document Endorsing Cessation of Violence in Syria

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a rare instance of unanimity, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday endorsed an effort by former Secretary General Kofi Annan to end the year-long government crackdown on pro-democracy forces in S…

No Response Yet for UN Envoy on Syria Peace Proposals

No Response Yet for UN Envoy on Syria Peace Proposals

Jason Kempin/FilmMagic(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan may be waiting a long time before he gets a response from the Syrian government about his peace proposals.Annan, now a U.N.-Arab League special envoy, held di…

50 Cent Helps UN in Africa

50 Cent Helps UN in Africa

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(MOGADISHU, Somalia) — We’re used to seeing Bono or Angelina on humanitarian trips to Africa, but 50 Cent?The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, recently became a large, and unlikely, donor to the United Natio…

Former UN Chief Named Special Envoy to Syria

Former UN Chief Named Special Envoy to Syria

Jason Kempin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — The United Nations and Arab League on Thursday named Kofi Annan, former secretary-general for the U.N., a joint special envoy to Syria.The 73-year-old Ghanaian diplomat will be tasked to promote peace on behalf of th…

Syria: UN Warns of Civil War as Heavy Shelling Resumes in Homs

Syria: UN Warns of Civil War as Heavy Shelling Resumes in Homs

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(HOMS, Syria) — After a relatively quiet weekend that saw nearly 50 people killed, heavy shelling resumed Tuesday morning in the neighborhood of Bab Amr in the Syrian city of Homs.Tuesday marks the 10th day of the Syrian Arm…

UN Officials React to Russia and China’s Veto of UN Syria Resolution

UN Officials React to Russia and China’s Veto of UN Syria Resolution

Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images(UNITED NATIONS) — The United States is “disgusted” by Russia and China’s decision to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that called for an immediate end to the violence in Syria, U.S. A…

Russia and China Veto UN Syria Resolution

Russia and China Veto UN Syria Resolution

Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images(UNITED NATIONS) — Russia and China vetoed on Saturday the resolution that calls for an immediate end to the violence in Syria. Speaking forcefully into the microphone at the United Nations Security Council, United States…

New Security Council Resolution Tones Down Calls for Regime Change in Syria

New Security Council Resolution Tones Down Calls for Regime Change in Syria

Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The U.N. Security Council could vote as early as Friday on a resolution that backs political change in Syria, though the text of the agreement falls short of calling for President Bashar al-Assad to st…

Hillary Clinton to Russia: ‘Whose Side Are You On?’

Hillary Clinton to Russia: ‘Whose Side Are You On?’

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — With Russia promising to upend any United Nations Security Council resolution calling for Syria to halt its crackdown on anti-government activists, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wedesday challeng…

Hillary Clinton to Russia: ‘Whose Side Are You On?’

Hillary Clinton to Russia: ‘Whose Side Are You On?’

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — With Russia promising to upend any United Nations Security Council resolution calling for Syria to halt its crackdown on anti-government activists, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wedesday challeng…

UN Security Council on Syrian Crisis: Not About a Military Intervention

UN Security Council on Syrian Crisis: Not About a Military Intervention

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The theme of the speeches at Tuesday afternoon’s U.N. Security Council meeting was for the Assad regime to immediately end the violence against the Syrian civilians.  Foreign ministers speaking in suppor…

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