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In first, UN agency accuses Israel of being an 'apartheid regime' (16.03.2017)

A UN agency published a report on Wednesday accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people, and said it was the first time a UN body had clearly made the charge. … UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York that the report was...

UN, Arab League reiterate support for Palestinian state (17.02.2017)

After a meeting in Cairo, Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, and Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, the Arab League's secretary-general, said they agreed that the two-state solution was "the only way to achieve comprehensive and just settlement to the Palestinian cause".

UN chief: 'no alternative' to Palestine-Israel solution (16.02.2017)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that there is "no alternative" to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, after a White House official said peace did not necessarily have to entail Palestinian statehood.

UN aid to Mosul paused over security concerns (15.02.2017)

Security concerns forced the UN to pause its aid operations this week in east Mosul, which Iraqi forces recaptured from Islamic State last month, but they will resume soon, a U.N. humanitarian official said.

UN envoy says IS group will be routed soon in Iraq (02.02.2017)

Military operations to liberate Iraq from the Islamic State extremist group will be coming to an end "in the rather short foreseeable future," the U.N. envoy for Iraq said Thursday. Jan Kubis told the U.N. Security Council that "the days of the so-called ISIL are counted," using one of the...

At Security Council, senior UN envoy cautions against 'unilateral' action in Middle East (17.01.2017)

[…] In his first briefing of the year, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Council that tensions flared following the December adoption of resolution 2334 (2016). Passed with14 votes for and one abstention, the resolution condemned Israeli...

France plays down Paris Middle East peace talks prospects (12.01.2017)

French President Francois Hollande sought to play down the prospects of Middle East peace talks in Paris on Sunday, saying only direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians could resolve the long-standing conflict. France has over the last year tried to breathe new life into the peace...

Bundesregierung stellt Weichen für Verlängerung des Ausbildungseinsatzes im Irak (11.01.2017)

Das Bundeskabinett hat am Mittwoch (11.01.) die Weichen für die Verlängerung des Ausbildungseinsatzes der Bundeswehr im Nordirak gestellt. Bis zu 150 deutsche Soldaten helfen derzeit im Rahmen des Einsatzes bei der Ausbildung der kurdischen Peschmerga in ihrem Kampf gegen die Terrormiliz IS.

Balkan weapons flowing to Iraqi militias, Amnesty warns (05.01.2017)

Arms from at least 16 countries have flowed to paramilitary militias allied to the Iraqi government who have used them to commit serious human rights violations, rights group Amnesty International says.

Coalition fighting Islamic State doubles military advisers to 450 (05.01.2017)

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Iraq said it has doubled to about 450 the number of military advisers assisting Iraqi troops engaged in the campaign to retake Mosul.