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

UN observers on the Golan border.

Special to WorldTribune.com 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 WorldTribune.com 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 WorldTribune.com 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 WorldTribune.com 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 WorldTribune.com 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 WorldTribune.com 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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Afghan countdown: As April elections near, only Karzai opposes U.S. security agreement

UN special envoy for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš at the UN Security Council on March 17.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The clock is ticking and the calendar counting down for Afghanistan as the embattled South Asian country heads for presidential elections in April and the pullout of foreign security forces by the end of […]

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Overlooked in the press coverage of the Syrian crisis: 4.3 million children

A Syrian woman with children in Aleppo on Dec. 15.  /CNN/AFP/ Getty

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The powerful polar vortex causing the “big freeze” in parts of the USA has confronted tens of millions of Americans with record cold winter temperatures. While waiting for the bus in the icy New […]

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IAEA: Iran has maintained uranium enrichment in violation of UN resolutions

Natanz nuclear facility in central Iran.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The International Atomic Energy Agency has reported that Iran was maintaining its nuclear program. In a report, IAEA said the Teheran regime has refrained from accelerating its nuclear program over the last three months. The […]

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The UN’s Human Rights Council farce: U.S. silent as brutal regimes take seats

Chen Guangcheng: “China wants to join the UNHRC not to promote human rights, but rather to prevent democracies from questioning their human rights record.” /South China Morning Post/Reuters

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — You can’t make this up. In recent elections for the UN’s 47 member Human Rights Council, (UNHRC) some of the winners of the coveted seats are ironically the countries who are among the major […]

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