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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Terror shadows UN session: Tough rhetoric vs ‘poisonous narrative of Islamic extremism’

Britain’s David Cameron at the UN.  /Telegraph

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The specter and shadow of international terrorism tragically clouded the opening of the UN General Assembly session, yet again. The growing menace from ISIS/ISIL jihadi terrorists threatening the sovereignty of Iraq and Syria […]

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Doomsday: UN’s 69th General Assembly meets amid ‘unprecedented crisis and troubles’


By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Presidents, prime ministers, kings and potentates are gathering in New York for the 69th General Assembly of the UN. But as diplomats come together for the annual general debate which begins on Sept. […]

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UN force flees to Israel from Golan Heights post in Syria

A convoy of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force vehicles is seen as it leaves the Syrian side of the Golan Heights into Israel on Sept. 15.  /AFP/Jalaa Marey

Special to WASHINGTON — The United Nations has ordered peace-keepers to leave Syria for Israel. The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force abandoned its positions in Syria’s Golan Heights. Officials said hundreds of UNDOF personnel left Syria for Israel in […]

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Israel, Syria jointly assist rescue of UN observers from Golan Heights

UN observers on the Golan border.

Special to LONDON — Israel and Syria have joined to help rescue United Nations observers from Islamist rebel militias in the Golan Heights. Diplomatic sources said Israel and Syria provided fire and other support that enabled scores of members […]

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UN IDs leading ISIL commanders, operatives

Abu Mohammed Al Adani

Special to WASHINGTON — The United Nations has identified leading members of Al Qaida’s network in Iraq and Syria. The UN Security Council designated six Al Qaida operatives for international sanctions, imposing a travel ban and freezing any assets. […]

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UN changes its story on Syrian CW: From eliminated to ‘good progress’

Sigrid Kaag.  /Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Special to WASHINGTON — The United Nations has reported another delay in the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons program. The coordinator of the international effort to destroy Syria’s CW program said the effort would continue into 2015. Sigrid Kaag, […]

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UN admits its schools in Gaza were used to store Hamas rockets

Still from IDF YouTube video

Special to GAZA CITY — The United Nations has acknowledged that its facilities in the Gaza Strip were storing Palestinian missiles and rockets. The UN Relief and Works Agency has reported at least two incidents in which its schools […]

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UN debates ‘pre-emptive ban’ on killer robots

The Gladiator Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle is the U.S.'s first "combat robot".

Special to WASHINGTON — The United Nations has been examining a ban on lethal robots, including combat unmanned aerial vehicles. On May 16, the UN concluded a four-day convention on lethal autonomous weapons systems used by such countries as […]

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UN: Syria has removed 80 percent of chemical weapons arsenal

Sigrid Kaag.  /Xinhua

Special to LONDON — Syria was said to have removed most of its chemical weapons arsenal. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has determined that the regime of President Bashar Assad destroyed or removed up to 80 […]

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