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Iraqi election officials begin manual recount of May vote (03.07.2018)

Iraqi election officials have begun a manual recount of ballots from the May parliamentary elections, an effort aimed at ending tensions over alleged fraud and irregularities.

Security Council renews mandate of UNDOF (30.06.2018)

Unanimously adopting resolution 2426 (2018), on Friday, the 15-memer Security Council renewed, until 31 December, the mandate of UNDOF, adding that there should be “no military activity” of any kind in the area of separation between Israel and Syria, including Syrian military operations and those...

Palestine: EU police mission and EU border assistance mission extended for 12 months (29.06.2018)

The Council has extended the mandate of the EU co-ordinating office for Palestinian police support (EUPOL COPPS), as well as the mandate of the EU border assistance mission for the Rafah crossing point (EU BAM Rafah), until 30 June 2019.

EU Police Mission in Palestine inaugurates new headquarters in Ramallah (25.06.2018)

[…] 101 Mission Members are working in the new headquarters with one additional Mission Member serving in a support capacity in Brussels.

Iraq's top court upholds election recount (21.06.2018)

Iraq's top court upheld on Thursday a law mandating a nationwide recount of votes in a May parliamentary election but ruled that the cancellation of overseas, displaced, and Peshmerga ballots was unconstitutional.

‘No steps taken’ so far to end Israel’s illegal settlement activity on Palestinian land – envoy (19.06.2018)

A senior United Nations official on Tuesday urged Israel to reverse course over illegal settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land, and for both parties to return to the negotiating table in pursuit of a lasting peace deal.

UN calls for protection mechanism for Palestinians (14.06.2018)

The UN General Assembly condemned Israel on Wednesday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked UN chief Antonio Guterres to recommend an "international protection mechanism" for occupied Palestinian territory. The General Assembly adopted a resolution with 120 votes in...

Iraqi parliament orders manual election recount (06.06.2018)

Iraq's parliament has voted to carry out a manual recount of votes cast in last month's legislative elections, amid allegations of widespread fraud. MPs also replaced the leadership of the election commission and annulled the votes of overseas and displaced Iraqis.

Gaza is ‘on the brink’ warns UN envoy, urging more international intervention (30.05.2018)

Rocket fire this week across the border between Gaza and Israel shows how close the region is “to the brink of war” a senior United Nations official warned on Wednesday, urging the international community to do more to help Israelis and Palestinians return to the negotiating table.