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Indonesia extends COVID-19 movement curbs until Aug. 2
  + stars: | 2021-07-25 | by ( ) sentiment -0.93   time to read: 1 min
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo attends an ASEAN leaders summit with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in Bangkok, Thailand November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya TunJAKARTA, July 25 (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Sunday that COVID-19 restrictions would be extended from July 26 to August 2, though he said infections and hospital bed occupancy rates in some provinces in Java had declined. Under the current curbs, he said the government would gradually adjust some restrictions on "some activities", while allowing traditional markets and restaurants with outdoor areas to open with some limitations. Reporting by Stanley Widianto and Tabita Diela Editing by Mark PotterOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Joko Widodo, Antonio Guterres, Soe, Stanley Widianto, Mark Potter Organizations: ASEAN, United Nations, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Bangkok, Thailand, JAKARTA, Java
Cyprus appeals to UN Security Council over Varosha; Turkey defiant
  + stars: | 2021-07-21 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides gestures during a joint statement with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman, Jordan December 8, 2020. read moreU.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned by the decision by the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey, said U.N. spokesperson Farhan Haq in a statement. Haq said the position of the United Nations on Varosha remains unchanged and is guided by the relevant Security Council resolutions. Greek Cypriots reject a two-state deal that would accord sovereign status to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state that only Ankara recognises. The plan, which detailed reunification under a complex power-sharing agreement, was rejected in a referendum by Greek Cypriots.
Persons: Nikos Christodoulides, Nikos Dendias, Ayman Safadi, Muhammad Hamed, Antonio Guterres, U.N, Farhan Haq, Haq, Turkey shrugged, Ersin Tatar, Tayyip Erdogan, Varosha, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Michele Kambas, Jonathan Spicer, Michelle Nichols, Gareth Jones, Richard Pullin Organizations: Cypriot, Greek Foreign, Jordanian, REUTERS, NICOSIA, . Security, Turkish Cypriot, United Nations, Cypriot Foreign, Turkish, Greek, Varosha, Hollywood, Thomson Locations: Amman , Jordan, Cyprus, Varosha, Turkey, Turkish, Ankara, United States, Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot, Istanbul, New York
Three Chinese, two Mauritanians kidnapped from construction site in northern Mali
  + stars: | 2021-07-18 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
BAMAKO, July 18 (Reuters) - Three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians were abducted from a construction site in northern Mali on Saturday when gunmen raided the site for equipment and took hostages, the army said. Parts of Mali have been mired in violence since 2012, when several insurgent groups launched campaigns against the Malian government for greater autonomy. Those kidnapped on Saturday are employees of Chinese construction firm Covec and Mauritanian road-building company ATTM, which had been developing the site while under the protection of a private security company, the army statement said. Kidnappings are a common fixture of the war in Mali, with foreign nationals in particular regularly targeted by militants hoping to obtain ransoms for their release. read moreReporting by Tiémoko Diallo; Writing by Cooper Inveen;Editing by Elaine HardcastleOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Tiémoko Diallo, Cooper Inveen, Elaine Hardcastle Organizations: Saturday, Islamic, Mauritanian, United Nations, Security, Reuters, Thomson Locations: BAMAKO, Mali, Kwala, Malian, al Qaeda, Islamic State, Covec, France, West Africa's
U.N. Security Council asked to authorise more troops for Mali mission
  + stars: | 2021-07-16 | by ( Paul Lorgerie | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
John Thys/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoBAMAKO, July 16 (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the Security Council to authorise additional troops for the peacekeeping mission in Mali in response to rising violence by Islamist militants, according to a report seen by Reuters. Guterres made the proposal in a report to Security Council members that is dated July 15 but has not yet been released publicly. In central Mali, the epicentre of the conflict in recent years, additional troops would be used to create forward operating bases "to expand the reach and mobility of the Mission", the report said. Guterres said the plan could only work in concert with stepped-up efforts by Malian authorities to bolster security and enhance governance. read moreMeanwhile, Mali is mired in political uncertainty after military officers in May conducted their second coup in nine months.
Persons: United Nations Antonio Guterres, John Thys, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Aaron Ross, Sandra Maler Organizations: United Nations, European, Security, Reuters, Islamic, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, BAMAKO, Mali, Qaeda, Islamic State, Mali's, France, West Africa's
Amnesty says migrants in Libyan camps forced to trade sex for clean water
  + stars: | 2021-07-15 | by ( Robin Emmott | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Activists take part in a flash mob in Prague, Czech Republic, organised by Amnesty International to draw attention to inhuman treatment of migrants in Libya, June 20, 2018. REUTERS/David W Cerny/File PhotoBRUSSELS, July 15 (Reuters) - Amnesty International said on Thursday that migrants held in Libyan detention camps are subject to horrific sexual violence at the hands of guards, including being forced to barter sex for clean water, food and access to sanitation. Some pregnant women inside the camps told Amnesty they had been repeatedly raped by guards, while men said they were forced to wear only underwear in an attempt to humiliate them. While data is unreliable, Amnesty said some 6,100 people were transferred to camps by the end of June. Some EU lawmakers have urged the European Commission, the EU executive, to stop funding the coast guards, saying that Libya was not a "safe country" for migrants.
Persons: David W Cerny, Pope Francis, Antonio Guterres, Muammar Gaddafi, Robin Emmott, Nick Macfie Organizations: Amnesty International, REUTERS, Amnesty, United Nations, Union, EU, European Commission, Thomson Locations: Prague, Czech Republic, Libya, BRUSSELS, Libyan, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria
UNICEF chief to step down after nearly four years in job
  + stars: | 2021-07-13 | by ( ) + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore attends the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert/File PhotoUNITED NATIONS, July 13 (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. children's agency, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, plans to step down to deal with a family health issue, a U.N. spokesperson said on Tuesday. Fore, a former head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) who was appointed to run UNICEF by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in 2018, will stay in the job until a replacement is found. Since it was established in 1946, UNICEF has had seven executive directors - all Americans. Reporting by Michelle Nichols Editing by Paul SimaoOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Henrietta Fore, Andreas Gebert, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Farhan Haq, Haq, Michelle Nichols, Paul Simao Organizations: UNICEF, Security, REUTERS, UNITED NATIONS, U.S . Agency for International Development, USAID, U.N, General Assembly, Thomson Locations: Munich, Germany
Russia allows U.N. Syria aid access from Turkey for 12 months
  + stars: | 2021-07-09 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
U.S. President Joe Biden had raised the importance of the cross-border aid operation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June. The Biden administration warned at the time that any future cooperation with Russia over Syria would be at risk if the cross-border aid deliveries were shut down. read moreThe council first authorized a cross-border aid operation into Syria in 2014 at four points. Russia has said the aid operation is outdated and violates Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity. In a swipe at the United States and others, Russia and China have also blamed unilateral sanctions for some of Syria's plight.
Persons: Khalil Ashawi, we've, Linda Thomas, Vassily Nebenzia, Nebenzia, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Biden, Antonio Guterres, Michelle Nichols, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Khalil Ashawi UNITED NATIONS, . Security, United Nations, Thomas, Security, Thomson Locations: Syrian, Turkish, Aleppo, Syria, Turkey, Russia, United States, Greenfield, Ireland, Norway, Russian, China
U.S. President Joe Biden had raised the importance of the cross-border aid operation with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they met in Geneva in June. The Biden administration warned that any future cooperation with Russia over Syria would be at risk if cross-border aid deliveries were shut down. The council mandate for the long-running aid operation was due to expire on Saturday. Russia has said the aid operation is outdated and violates Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity. In a swipe at the United States and others, Russia and China have also blamed unilateral sanctions for some of Syria's plight.
Persons: Khalil Ashawi, we've, Linda Thomas, Friday's, Putin, Biden, Vassily Nebenzia, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Thomas, Greenfield, Bashar al, Assad, Nebenzia, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, Michelle Nichols, William Maclean, Frances Kerry, Andrea Ricci Organizations: REUTERS, Khalil Ashawi UNITED NATIONS, . Security, United Nations, Security Council, Thomas, United, Security, Thomson Locations: Syrian, Turkish, Aleppo, Syria, Turkey, Russia, United States, U.S, Greenfield, Geneva, Ireland, Norway, Iraq, Nebenzia, United, China, Thomas, United Nations
Haiti's national police chief said Wednesday night that four suspects were killed and two others arrested following the early-morning assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. First lady Martine Moïse was flown to Florida and receiving medical attention in Miami, Haiti's ambassador to the United States said. Police officers walk near the private residence of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise after he was shot dead by gunmen in Port-au-Prince on July 7, 2021. "The United States offers condolences to the people of Haiti, and we stand ready to assist as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti," Biden said. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the assassination in the strongest possible terms and said the U.N. will continue to stand with the government and people of Haiti.
Persons: Jovenel Moïse, Léon Charles, Moïse, Claude Joseph, Joseph, Martine Moïse, Jovenel Moise, Prince, Joe Biden, Biden, António Guterres, Guterres Organizations: police, Americas . Police, Associated Press, United, United Nations Locations: Florida, Miami, United States, Port, Prince, Haiti, Americas, Estailove
U.N. Security Council to vote Friday on Syria aid access
  + stars: | 2021-07-08 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Leah Millis/PoolUNITED NATIONS, July 8 (Reuters) - Russia has proposed that the U.N. Security Council extend aid access into Syria from Turkey for six months in response to a rival bid by Western council members to renew the long-running U.N. cross-border aid operation for 12 months, diplomats said. The council mandate for the U.N. cross-border aid operation, which began in 2014, expires on Saturday. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed to the Security Council to renew the cross-border aid operation for another year, warning that a failure to do so would be devastating for millions of people. The council first authorized a cross-border aid operation into Syria in 2014 at four points. Russia and China abstained in last year's vote to extend the cross-border aid operation for 12 months.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Volkan Bozkir, Leah Millis, Antonio Guterres, Vassily Nebenzia, Michelle Nichols, Jonathan Oatis, Peter Cooney Organizations: UN, State Department, REUTERS, UNITED NATIONS, . Security, Security, U.S, United Nations, Security Council, Western, Thomson Locations: videoconference, Washington , U.S, Russia, Syria, Turkey, Western, Ireland, Norway, Syrian, China, United States, France, Britain, U.N, Russian
OSLO, July 7 (Reuters) - Norway will allocate 10 billion crowns ($1.16 billion) over five years towards renewable energy investments in developing countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the government said on Wednesday, and urged private investors to work with it. The climate fund, administered by the Norwegian Investment Fund for developing countries, Norfund, will from next year support projects to reduce dependence on fossil-fuels, especially coal. Eventually, it could mobilise around 100 billion crowns in investments via partnerships with private capital and is an essential part of Norway’s contribution to achieving the United Nations’ climate change agreement and sustainable development goals, the government said. “To succeed in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in Asia, we need to mobilise more commercial capital,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg said in a statement. The United Nations climate summit in November in Britain will attempt to persuade countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions faster.
Persons: , Erna Solberg, General Antonio Guterres, Nerijus, Barbara Lewis Organizations: Norwegian Investment Fund, United, Locations: OSLO, Norway, United Nations, Asia, Britain
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U.N. urges Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to recommit to dam talks
  + stars: | 2021-07-06 | by ( Doyinsola Oladipo | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team/Handout via REUTERSJuly 6 (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on Tuesday to recommit to talks on the operation of a giant hydropower dam, urging them to avoid any unilateral action, a day after Ethiopia began filling the dam's reservoir. Ethiopia says the dam on its Blue Nile is crucial to its economic development and to provide power. But Egypt views it as a grave threat to its Nile water supplies, on which it is almost entirely dependent. Sudan, another downstream country, has expressed concern about the dam's safety and the impact on its own dams and water stations. Egypt's irrigation minister said on Monday he had received official notice from Ethiopia that it had begun filling the reservoir behind the dam for a second year.
Persons: recommit, GERD, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, Dujarric, Ned Price, Doyinsola Oladipo, Humeyra Pamuk, Daphne Psaledakis, Michelle Nichols, Bill Berkrot, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: NASA, Japan Space Systems, Japan ASTER Science, REUTERS, United Nations, . Security, African Union, U.S . State Department, . State Department, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Sudan, Japan, Egypt, New York, United States
U.N. to Myanmar military: Now release Aung San Suu Kyi
  + stars: | 2021-07-01 | by ( Doyinsola Oladipo | ) sentiment -0.87   time to read: +1 min
State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 22nd ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Chalinee ThirasupaJuly 1 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar's military on Thursday to release Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint now, a U.N. spokesperson said on Thursday, a day after thousands of other detainees were freed. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the army took power on Feb. 1 and ousted Suu Kyi's elected government. "We reiterate our call for the immediate release of all of those who are arbitrarily detained, and that includes President Win Myint and State councilor Aung San Suu Kyi," said Eri Kaneko, associate spokesperson for Guterres. Suu Kyi is on trial for a similar offence, among others, and remains in detention.
Persons: Suu Kyi, Chalinee, Antonio Guterres, Aung, Kyi, Win Myint, Suu Kyi's, Eri Kaneko, Kaneko, Doyinsola Oladipo, Michelle Nichols, Matthew Lewis Organizations: ASEAN, REUTERS, Guterres, Thomson Locations: Myanmar, Bangkok, Thailand, Suu, Washington
The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the former rulers of Ethiopia's Tigray region, said on Monday it was back in control of the regional capital Mekelle after nearly eight months of fighting. "Operations are under way ... and the number of prisoners of war is increasing by the minute,” TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda told Reuters by satellite phone, with light artillery fire crackling in the background. With electricity and phone and internet lines cut to the region, aid agencies are limited in their ability to reach people in need of food and other services. A TPLF spokesman said government troops were forced out. "The violence must now stop and unfettered humanitarian access granted," a spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office said on Thursday.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Tigrayan, , Getachew Reda, Gemma Connell, Dina Mufti, Mufti, Alyona Synenko, Hayat Abu Salah, Abu Salah, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, General Antonio Guterres, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie, Andrew Heavens, Angus MacSwan, Timothy Organizations: Amhara Special Forces, Eritrean Defence Forces, REUTERS, Reuters, International, Humanitarian Affairs, Southern, Government, International Committee, United Nations, U.S . Agency for International Development, Electricity, UNICEF, Ethiopian, birr, Britain's Foreign, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Eritrean, Humera, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle, Shire, Eastern Africa, United States, Britain, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
U.N. chief urges U.S. to remove Iran sanctions as agreed in 2015
  + stars: | 2021-06-30 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) sentiment -0.76   time to read: +2 min
John Thys/Pool via REUTERSNEW YORK, June 30 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed to U.S. President Joe Biden's administration to lift or waive all sanctions on Iran as agreed under a 2015 deal aimed at stopping Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon. In a report to the U.N. Security Council, Guterres also urged the United States to "extend the waivers with regard to the trade in oil with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and fully renew waivers for nuclear non-proliferation projects." The 15-member council will on Tuesday discuss the secretary-general's biannual report on the implementation of a 2015 resolution that enshrines the nuclear deal between Iran, the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China. Former U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the pact in 2018 and reimposed harsh sanctions, prompting Tehran to start violating some of the nuclear limits in 2019. "I appeal to the United States to lift or waive its sanctions outlined in the plan," said Guterres, who also appealed to Iran to return to full implementation of the deal.
Persons: United Nations Antonio Guterres, John Thys, Antonio Guterres, Joe Biden's, Guterres, Donald Trump, Michelle Nichols, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: United Nations, European, REUTERS NEW YORK, . Security, Former U.S, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Iran, Tehran, United States, Islamic Republic of Iran, France, Britain, Germany, Russia, China, Washington, Islamic Republic
Oil rises a second day as stockpiles fall, supply tightens
  + stars: | 2021-06-30 | by ( Aaron Sheldrick | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Crude oil storage tanks are seen from above at the Cushing oil hub in Oklahoma, U.S., March 24, 2016. Brent crude was up 31 cents, or 0.4% at $75.07 a barrel by 0423 GMT, after edging higher on Tuesday. Still, gasoline inventories rose by 2.4 million barrels and distillate stocks were up by 428,000 barrels, the sources said. "Ultimately, much more OPEC+ supply will be neededto balance the oil market by 2022," Goldman Sachs analysts wrote in a note. Goldman forecasts that demand will rise by an a further 2.2 million bpd by the end of 2020, leaving a 5 million bpd shortfall in supply.
Persons: Nick Oxford, Goldman, Brent, Bob Yawger, Mohammad Barkindo, Goldman Sachs, Antonio Guterres, Aaron Sheldrick, Kenneth Maxwell, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: REUTERS, TOKYO, Mizuho Securities, American Petroleum Institute, Organization of, Petroleum, Committee, OPEC, Thomson Locations: Oklahoma, U.S, ., Australia, Portugal, United States, Russia, COVID, Iran, Tehran, Washington
NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia’s government declared an immediate, unilateral cease-fire Monday in its Tigray region after nearly eight months of deadly conflict as Tigray fighters occupied the regional capital and government soldiers retreated in a region where hundreds of thousands are suffering in the world’s worst famine crisis. Abiy's transformation from making peace to waging war has appalled many observers since the fighting in Tigray erupted in November. Ethnic Tigrayans, even those who didn't support the former ruling Tigray People's Liberation Front before the war, say they have been targeted harshly for suspected links with the Tigray fighters. Eduardo Soteras / AFP - Getty ImagesEthiopia said the cease-fire will last until the end of the crucial planting season in Tigray. There was no immediate comment from the Tigray fighters, with whom Ethiopia had rejected talks.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Yasuyoshi Chiba, Antonio Guterres, Abiy, Monday's, , , Wereb Michael, Eduardo Soteras, Abraham Belay, Desta Haileselassie Hagos Organizations: Kenya —, Getty, NBC, Ethiopian, Mekele University, Tigray, United Nations, UNICEF, Security Council Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Tigray, Africa, Ethiopia, Mekele, AFP, Wereb, Amhara, , Eritrea, U.N, New York, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland
A building is seen through a bullet hole in a window of the Africa Hotel in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 17, 2021. Video footage from a resident in the northern town of Shire who said government-allied Eritrean forces had pulled out showed similar scenes. The Ethiopian military spokesman, Eritrean information minister and Amahara regional spokesman all said they were unable to comment. On Tuesday, residents said Eritrean forces could no longer be seen in Shire, a large town at the junction of several main roads. Another resident in Shire told Reuters "overnight there was a massive movement of Eritrean troops from Axum, Shire to Sheraro direction."
Persons: Baz Ratner, Reda, General Antonio Guterres, Doctors, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Catherine Evans Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, Diplomats, . Security, Shire, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Africa, Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, GONDAR, Mekelle, Ethiopia's, Amhara, Eritrea, Axum, Sheraro
U.N. states agree to $6 bln peacekeeping budget, averting shutdown
  + stars: | 2021-06-29 | by ( ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
Chinese peacekeepers participate in an oath-taking rally before leaving to join the United Nation peacekeeping operations in Lebanon, in Yuxi, Yunnan province, China May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Wong Campion/File PhotoNEW YORK, June 29 (Reuters) - United Nations member states agreed on Tuesday to a budget of some $6 billion for the world body's 12 peacekeeping missions for the next year, diplomats said, narrowly averting a possible shutdown of the operations. The 193-member U.N. General Assembly budget committee agreed to the peacekeeping budget for the year through June 30, 2022. "Our chronic inability to respect deadlines puts the entire peacekeeping architecture in unprecedented jeopardy," European Union diplomat Thibault Camelli told the budget committee on Tuesday. The United States is largest assessed contributor to the peacekeeping budget, responsible for about 28%, followed by China with 15.2% and Japan with 8.5%.
Persons: Wong Campion, U.N, Thibault Camelli, Catherine Pollard, Antonio Guterres, Michelle Nichols, Bill Berkrot Organizations: United Nation, REUTERS, United Nations, General, Thomson Locations: Lebanon, Yuxi, Yunnan province, China, Africa, United States, Japan
U.N. peacekeeping missions prepare for possible shutdown
  + stars: | 2021-06-28 | by ( ) + 0.97   time to read: +1 min
NEW YORK, June 28 (Reuters) - United Nations peacekeeping missions globally are preparing for a possible shutdown on Thursday if the 193-member U.N. General Assembly is unable to agree a new $6 billion budget for the year to June 30, 2022, officials and diplomats said on Monday. Some diplomats blamed changes to negotiating procedures, issues with logistics and tough talks pitting China against Western countries for the delay in reaching an agreement. "At the same time, we remain hopeful and confident that member states will conclude their negotiations," Pollard told reporters. U.N. peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said missions would be severely limited and unable to carry out such measures as protecting civilians, helping tackle COVID-19 and supporting political efforts and mediation. The United States is largest assessed contributor to the peacekeeping budget, responsible for about 28%, followed by China with 15.2% and Japan with 8.5%.
Persons: U.N, Catherine Pollard, Pollard, Antonio Guterres, Jean, Pierre Lacroix, COVID, Michelle Nichols, Marguerita Choy Organizations: YORK, United Nations, China, Thomson Locations: Africa, United States, China, Japan
Nicaragua's Ortega shrugs off global pressure in rare speech
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
A woman walks by a mural depicting Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua June 21, 2021. "The enemies of the revolution, the enemies of the people, are shouting how is it possible they're detained, how is it possible they're imprisoned, how is it possible they're being prosecuted," Ortega said in a speech, televised live. Ortega argued his administration was arresting and prosecuting criminals who were plotting a coup against him. The U.S. government has said it is prepared to review "trade-related activities" if elections are not free and fair. U.S. rights group Human Rights Watch this week said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres should raise the crisis with the Security Council.
Persons: Daniel Ortega, Stringer, Ortega, Ned Price, Anastasio Somoza, Antonio Guterres, Ismael Lopez, Anthony Esposito, Diego, Michael Perry Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . State Department, U.S, Human Rights, Security, Diego Ore, Thomson Locations: Managua, Nicaragua, MANAGUA, United States, U.S, Cuba, Soviet Union, Mexico City
WASHINGTON — The U.S. and its allies on Wednesday ramped up the pressure on Russia to allow the continued operation of a critical humanitarian aid route into Syria weeks ahead of a critical deadline. One possibility is that Russia would insist on lifting sanctions on Syria as the price for continuing to permit U.N. aid deliveries. She said that without the humanitarian aid, thousands of children will be denied food, and others will die because health facilities will no longer have supplies. She noted that there used to be four crossings for humanitarian aid into Syria, not just one. "The situation in Syria is the consequence of actions that have been taken by the Assad regime," she said.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Bab, General Antonio Guterres, Ramesh Rajasingham, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Bashar al, Assad, Putin, Jake Sullivan, Nicolas de Riviere, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Vasily Nebenzya, Thomas Organizations: Wednesday, Security, teleconference, NBC News, U.S, France's Locations: The U.S, Russia, Syria, Turkey, U.N, Brussels, Geneva, Russian, Damascus, Great Britain, France, Bab, North West Syria, Moscow
The Security Council first authorized a cross-border aid operation into Syria in 2014 at four points. Council veto-power Russia - an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - has questioned the importance of the cross-border aid operation, arguing that aid can be delivered to northern Syria from the capital Damascus. He said now most of Syria's territory had been "liberated" the cross-border aid operation "is simply an anachronism." Ambassador Bassam Sabbagh rejected the cross-border aid operation as politicized and said it was "a temporary exceptional measure - the reasons and conditions that led to its adoption no longer exist." The United Nations and aid groups have warned there is no substitute for the delivery of cross-border aid into Syria.
Persons: United Nations Antonio Guterres, Ursula von der Leyen, Kenzo Tribouillard, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Bashar al, Assad, Russia's U.N, Vassily Nebenzia, Bassam Sabbagh, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Thomas, Geraldine Byrne Nason, Michelle Nichols Organizations: United Nations, European, European Commission, REUTERS UNITED NATIONS, Security, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Syria, Russia, China, Turkey, Damascus, Russia's, Moscow, United States, Turkish, Ireland, Norway, France, Britain
U.S. blasts Nicaragua 'campaign of terror' as global condemnation grows
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
"We condemn this ongoing campaign of terror in the most unequivocal terms," U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. He added that the United States would "use all diplomatic and economic tools at our disposal" to promote fair elections. U.N. Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet told the U.N. Human Rights Council the situation was quickly deteriorating and called the detentions "arbitrary." Moncada also rebuked the United States and Europe for a history of intervention. "We have the right to peace that we have been building with great effort amid centuries of aggression, meddling and intervention by the United States and complicit European powers," he said.
Persons: Daniel Ortega, Oswaldo Rivas, Daniel Ortega's, Ned Price, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, Denis Moncada, Moncada, Anastasio Somoza, Ortega, Maximiliano Reyes, Antonio Guterres, Stephanie Ulmer Nebehay, Daina Beth Solomon, Raul Cortes, Drazen Jorgic Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, U.S . State Department, Human, Human Rights, Nicaraguan, Sandinista, Monday, Security, Thomson Locations: Catarina, Nicaragua, Washington, U.S, United States, Europe, Cuba, Soviet Union, Mexico, Nicaraguan, Argentina, America, Caribbean, Geneva, Mexico City
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