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United Nations General Assembly Approves Global Arms Trade Treaty

April 3, 2013

“Iran, Syria and North Korea cast the sole votes against the treaty. The same three states last week prevented a treaty-drafting conference at U.N. headquarters from reaching the required consensus to adopt the pact.”

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North Korea Warns of “Simmering Nuclear War on the Korean Peninsula”

March 27, 2013

“”Upon authorization of the Foreign Ministry, the DPRK [North Korea] openly informs the U.N. Security Council that the Korean Peninsula now has the conditions for a simmering nuclear war,” a statement read. “This is because of [provocative] moves by the U.S. and South Korean puppets.””

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United Nations Security Council Condemns Rebel Coup in the Central African Republic

March 26, 2013

“The statement after an emergency meeting Monday afternoon came at the request of France, a permanent council member.”

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United Nations Temporarily Cuts Number of International Staff in Damascus, Syria

March 25, 2013

“The U.N. will relocate some Damascus-based staff of the office of joint U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to Beirut and to the office’s main office in Cairo and it has asked all national staff from the office to work from home until further notice, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said.”

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Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: United Nations Will Investigate Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

March 21, 2013

“In a brief statement that he read to reporters, Mr. Ban said he was responding to a formal request made by the Syrian government on Wednesday for a specialized, independent mission to investigate.”

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France Drafting United Nations Security Council Resolution For Peacekeeping Force in Mali

March 20, 2013

“France wants the U.N. to takeover with a peacekeeping mission and next week, the U.N. Security Council will take up that and other questions about Mali.”

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Egypt’s Ruling Muslim Brotherhood Party: United Nations’ Declaration on Women’s Rights Could Destroy Society

March 14, 2013

“Egypt has joined Iran, Russia and the Vatican – dubbed an “unholy alliance” by some diplomats – in threatening to derail the women’s rights declaration by objecting to language on sexual, reproductive and gay rights.”

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France Foreign Minister Lobbying for a United Nations Security Council Vote on Peacekeepers in Mali in Early April

March 14, 2013

“The peacekeepers would take over from French and African forces currently fighting Islamic extremists who had taken control of northern Mali.”

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United Nations Report Accuses Mali Soldiers of Retaliatory Violence Against Ethnic Groups

March 13, 2013

“Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that members of the Peuhl, Tuareg and Arab ethnic groups were being targeted.”

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Syrian Opposition Rebels Release 21 Detained United Nations Peacekeepers to Jordanian Forces

March 9, 2013

“The seizure of the troops on Wednesday increased fears that the Syrian conflict was causing instability in the sensitive border area. The peacekeepers are part of a four-nation force that patrols the disputed Golan area between Israel and Syria.”

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United Nations Peacekeeping Force Threatens to Stop Supporting Congolese Army Battalions Accused of Rape

March 8, 2013

“The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has threatened to stop supporting two Congolese army battalions unless soldiers accused of raping scores of women in an eastern town are prosecuted, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday.”

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United Nations Begins Talks With Syrian Rebels to Free Peacekeepers

March 7, 2013

“The 21 troops seized Wednesday are part of a United Nations force that was set up to patrol the demilitarized zone along Syria’s Golan frontier after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.”

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Syrian Opposition Rebels Capture 21 Filipino United Nations Peacekeepers

March 7, 2013

“Twenty-one Filipino UN peacekeepers were detained in Golan Heights on Wednesday. The UN and Arab League officials are reportedly negotiating with the Syrian rebels.”

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United Nations Security Council Approves New Sanctions Against North Korea

March 7, 2013

“The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation.”

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United Nations Security Council Considering Resolution to Increase Sanctions Against North Korea

March 5, 2013

“The United States and China introducing a resolution that would target North Korean bankers and overseas cash couriers, tighten inspections of suspect ship and air cargo and subject the country’s diplomats to invasive scrutiny and increased risk of expulsion.”

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