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Syria army widens southwest offensive, U.N. says 45,000 flee

Syria army widens southwest offensive, U.N. says 45,000 fleeSyrian troops widened a major offensive against rebels in the southwest on Tuesday and Jordan said it would not open its border to tens of thousands of civilians fleeing the attack. At least 45,000 people have fled the upsurge in fighting in Syria’s southwestern Deraa province, heading toward the border with Jordan, the United Nations said. President Bashar al-Assad is aiming to restore control over a strategically vital part of Syria at the borders with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, building on his military’s momentum elsewhere in the seven-year conflict.



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China says it regrets U.S. quitting U.N. rights council

China says it regrets U.S. quitting U.N. rights councilChina expressed regret on Wednesday over a U.S. decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council, with state media saying the image of the United States as a defender of rights was “on the verge of collapse”. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the decision to pull out of the council on Tuesday over what she said was chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform. Rights group have criticized the decision as sending a message that the United States was turning a blind eye to abuses across the world.



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U.S. vetoes U.N. resolution denouncing violence against Palestinians

U.S. vetoes U.N. resolution denouncing violence against PalestiniansBy Rodrigo Campos UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States vetoed on Friday a Kuwaiti-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that condemned Israel’s use of force against Palestinian civilians, underlining Washington’s differences with friends and foes alike over the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Later, a second, U.S.-drafted resolution that blamed Hamas for the violence and upheld Israel’s right to defend itself failed to attract any other country’s support when it was put to vote in the 15-member council. Blasting the council majority, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the two votes showed it was willing to blame Israel and unwilling to blame Hamas, the Islamist group that dominates Gaza.



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U.S. envoy Haley says she shares Bolton's disdain for U.N.

U.S. envoy Haley says she shares Bolton's disdain for U.N.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday she shares incoming national security adviser John Bolton’s disdain for the world body and believes the two will work well together. Bolton, who was U.S. envoy to the United Nations for President George W. Bush, will become President Donald Trump’s national security adviser on Monday.



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U.N. seeks access to Syrians 'on their knees' in eastern Ghouta

U.N. seeks access to Syrians 'on their knees' in eastern GhoutaBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. humanitarian adviser for Syria called on Wednesday for access to the eastern Ghouta town of Douma, where he said some 80,000-150,000 civilians were “on their knees” after years of siege and fighting. Syrian government forces backed by Russia have recaptured nearly all of eastern Ghouta, which was the last major rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus, in a ferocious assault that began in February, marking a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad. “We hope that that agreement will lead to people being able to stay if they choose to, to get amnesty for those who put away their arms but also to an opportunity to leave for those who choose to leave Douma,” he told a news briefing.



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Israel Reverses Course Hours After Signing U.N. Deal To Resettle African Migrants

Israel Reverses Course Hours After Signing U.N. Deal To Resettle African MigrantsLess than a day after the Israeli government announced a deal with the United



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U.N. chief warns another Cold War developing between Russia, U.S.

U.N. chief warns another Cold War developing between Russia, U.S.By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations chief Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday that Russian and U.S. relations were deteriorating into a situation “similar, to a large extent, to what we lived during the Cold War” and called for safeguards to be put in place. Just days after the United States announced it would expel 12 Russian U.N. diplomats over a nerve agent attack in Britain, Guterres called for Washington and Moscow to re-establish lines of communication aimed at preventing any escalation of tensions.



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U.N. halts aid work in northeast Nigeria town after humanitarian workers killed

U.N. halts aid work in northeast Nigeria town after humanitarian workers killedThe United Nations has suspended aid work helping tens of thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria after an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants left three humanitarian workers dead and at least three others missing, possibly kidnapped. The suspension of aid work in the town of Rann, which hosts a camp for 55,000 people displaced by the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency, was announced late on Friday in a statement from the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General. “At the time of the attack, over 40 humanitarian workers were in Rann,” said the UN statement.



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U.S. threatens action against Iran after Russia U.N. veto

U.S. threatens action against Iran after Russia U.N. vetoBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – The United States threatened unilateral action against Iran on Monday after Russia vetoed a western bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group. “If Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran then the U.S. and our partners need to take action on our own. If we’re not going to get action on the council then we have to take our own actions,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told reporters during a visit to Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.



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U.N. Security Council demands truce as air strikes batter Syria's Ghouta

U.N. Security Council demands truce as air strikes batter Syria's GhoutaBy Ellen Francis and Michelle Nichols BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Saturday demanded a 30-day truce across Syria as rescuers in the country’s eastern Ghouta region said bombing had not let up long enough for them to count bodies during one of the bloodiest air assaults of the seven-year war. Shortly after the unanimous vote by the 15-member council, warplanes struck a town in eastern Ghouta, the last rebel enclave near Syria’s capital, an emergency service and a war monitoring group said. U.N. chief Antonio Guterres appealed on Wednesday for an immediate end to “war activities” in eastern Ghouta, where nearly 400,000 people have lived under government siege since 2013, without enough food or medicine.



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