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Louis Charbonneau

Peacekeepers stay put in Western Sahara amid disappointment

The UN Security Council has reached a deal on a draft resolution to renew the mandate of peacekeepers in the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Calls for swift deployment of Syria observers

Kofi Annan's deputy has told the Security Council that the swift deployment of observers to Syria is needed despite risks and persistent violence.

Concerns grow as Argentina flirts with Iran

Argentina is quietly reaching out to Iran, worrying key Western powers and Israel as they try to tighten Tehran's isolation over its nuclear program.

US, Palestinians race for votes at UN council

The Palestinians' initiative to seek UN recognition as a state faces an uphill struggle to secure the nine votes needed for approval.

North Korea, Iran trade missile technology

North Korea and Iran appear to have been regularly exchanging ballistic missile technology in violation of United Nations sanctions.

UN probes Zimbabwe arms sent to Côte d’Ivoire

The United Nations is investigating suspected arms transfers from Zimbabwe to Côte d'Ivoire's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo.

US vetoes UN draft condemning Israeli settlements

The United States on Friday vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.

Gbagbo forces kill, torture, says Human Rights Watch

Armed forces in Côte d'Ivoire who back incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo have conducted a campaign of violence that includes torture and rape.

DRC army commander hit with UN sanctions

An United Nations Security Council committee blacklisted a commander in the army of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for ordering massacres.

UN catalogues Sudan arms breaches in Darfur

Khartoum has committed breaches of an arms embargo over Sudan's Darfur region and China has done little to ensure its weaponry is not used there.

UN could police parts of north-south Sudan border

UN troops could create limited buffer zones in hot spots along the border of north and south Sudan before a referendum on the south's independence.

UN rebukes of Israel permitted in US policy shift

Under President Barack Obama, the US no longer provides Israel with automatic support at the UN where the Jewish state faces constant criticism.

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