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Libya warring militias agree truce at main airport

Powerful militias battling for the Libyan capital's airport have agreed a ceasefire, Tripoli said yesterday, after the government sought UN help to stop the country from becoming a "failed state". Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the UN Security Council to dispatch experts to train Libya's defence and police forces to ensure they can protect oil fields, airports and other vital sites. The call came amid a surge of violence in the country with clashes between rival militias sparking fears of all-out...

UN Security Council sets urgent meeting on Ukraine

UN Security Council sets urgent meeting on Ukraine

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday morning on Ukraine. Britain's UN Mission said Thursday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10:00am today. The request follows Wednesday's downing of a Ukrainian air force fighter and Thursday's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people...

10.8 million Syrians need humanitarian aid: UN

10.8 million Syrians need humanitarian aid: UN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening and the number of people needing urgent help has now reached 10.8 million - almost half of Syria's population of 22 million. Ban's monthly report to the UN Security Council circulated late Friday said the current estimate of 3.5 million people living...

South Sudan Crisis

Rivals sign ceasefire deal

South Sudan's president has reached a ceasefire agreement with a rebel leader, an African regional bloc said on Friday, after a vicious cycle of revenge killings drew international alarm. The deal means "an immediate cessation of hostilities within 24 hours of the signing" and "unhindered humanitarian access" to all people affected by the months-long conflict, said a statement by the political bloc known as IGAD, which is mediating the conflict. Ethnically targeted violence in the world's youngest country broke out in...

'Many dead' in Ukraine offensive

'Many dead' in Ukraine offensive

Many pro-Russia rebels have been killed, injured and arrested in the Ukrainian government offensive in the eastern city of Sloviansk, interim president Oleksandr Turchynov has said. But, in a statement, he said the operation in the rebel-held city was not going as quickly as hoped. Earlier, rebels shot down two Ukrainian army helicopters, killing a...

UN must block flow of arms to Syria: HRW

An international rights group yesterday called for the UN Security Council to block the flow of weapons to Syria's regime, which it said was launching indiscriminate attacks with "barrel bombs". The call from Human Rights Watch came a day after a group of prominent legal experts urged the United Nations to deliver aid to rebel areas in Syria, even over objections from the Syrian government. The New York-based rights group said it had documented 85 aerial attacks by the regime against...

Bangladesh should take a stand on Crimea

BANGLADESH'S rationale for abstaining from voting in the March 27 UN General Assembly resolution against “any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol” is that Bangladesh does not like country-specific resolutions. That begs the question: if a UN resolution called for Israel to withdraw from the territories it occupied in the 1967 war, would Bangladesh abstain because the resolution is country-specific? The Soviet Union played a pivotal role in the creation of...

Putin looks to Asia as West threatens to isolate Russia

Putin looks to Asia as West threatens to isolate Russia

When President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty this week annexing Crimea to great fanfare in the Kremlin and anger in the West, a trusted lieutenant was making his way to Asia to shore up ties with Russia's eastern allies. Forcing home the symbolism of his trip, Igor Sechin gathered media in Tokyo the next...

US, Russia exchange threats at UN meeting

US, Russia exchange threats at UN meeting

Russia and the United States exchanged threats on Wednesday at a tense UN security council meeting over the Ukraine crisis, with the Russian envoy saying the US ambassador's "insults'' are jeopardizing Moscow's willingness to cooperate with Washington on other diplomatic matters, the Times of India reports. It was the council's eighth meeting in three...

Thousands dead in S Sudan: UN

Thousands dead in S Sudan: UN

Thousands of people must have been killed in the past week of violence in South Sudan, says UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator Toby Lanzer

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