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Security Council backs new mission in support of key port city truce (16.01.2019)

The Security Council unanimously voted on Wednesday in favour of deploying up to 75 observers to monitor a fragile ceasefire in Yemen's port city of Hudaydah which went into effect late last month; a lifeline for millions of Yemenis on the verge of starvation. Among other things, the newly adopted...

Palestine launches bid for full UN membership despite US veto (15.01.2019)

Palestine will launch a bid to become a full member of the United Nations, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said on Tuesday. … On Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas assumed chair for the so-called Group of 77, the biggest UN bloc of developing countries, a position that raises...

Rival groups refuse to meet in Yemen's Hodeidah, UN says (15.01.2019)

Houthi rebel and Yemeni government representatives did not meet face-to-face in the port city of Hodeidah over the past week despite a recently-inked peace plan, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday. … Their refusal to sit together highlights the difficulty in implementing the...

Israel says it has found all Hezbollah tunnels on Lebanon border (13.01.2019)

Israel says it has completely dismantled a series of tunnels under its border with Lebanon, which it claims were dug by the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah. … Israel launched "Operation Northern Shield" on December 4 to find and destroy what it described as a vast network, with troops finding six...

Hariri warns Lebanon must form government after months of deadlock (01.01.2019)

The country's parliamentary elections in May were the first for nine years but lawmakers have since failed to form a government. In mid-November, Hariri accused his main political rival — the Shiite movement Hezbollah — of obstructing the formation of a new cabinet.

Confirmed ‘Blue Line’ tunnels ‘do not appear’ to surface in Israel – UN peacekeeping chief (19.12.2018)

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has confirmed the existence of at least two tunnels crossing the “Blue Line” – the border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel – but they “do not appear thus far” to have exit points leading to the surface on Israeli territory, the United...

‘We are nowhere closer’ to a peace deal, than a year ago, Security Council hears (18.12.2018)

Recent violence and rising tensions in the West Bank are fuelling a climate of hatred and fear, “driving both Israelis and Palestinians further away” from a resolution to the conflict, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East Peace Process has said.

Hariri says hopes government will be formed before year's end (13.12.2018)

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said Thursday that the Cabinet formation process was in its “last hundred meters” and offered reassurances about the state of Lebanon’s economy, despite warnings about its immediate future.

UN working with both sides, after hidden tunnels confirmed along Lebanon-Israel ‘Blue Line’ (11.12.2018)

The head of the United Nations peace mission in Lebanon has urged an end to “rumours and speculations” over tunnels which have been discovered along the UN-drawn “Blue Line” – the border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel. … According to the UNIFIL Force Commander, technical experts from the...