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New government brings ‘mood of optimism’ needed to address ongoing challenges – UN (10.11.2016)

Despite continuing challenges, a mood of optimism has taken hold in Lebanon following the recent election of President Michel Aoun and additional political breakthroughs are expected.

Civilian death toll in Iraq nearly doubles from September to October – UN (10.11.2016)

The number of civilians killed in Iraq last month has nearly doubled since September according to recently released figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Israel rejects French peace initiative, insisting on direct talks with Palestinians (07.11.2016)

The French attempt had started in June with international conference convening the UN, EU, US and major Arab states. The aim was to gather proposals and then invite Israelis and Palestinians to a conference.

UN: IS abducts thousands from Mosul to use as human shields (28.10.2016)

The "Islamic State" has abducted thousands of people in the Iraqi city of Mosul and is using them as human shields. The group has also killed 232 people this week as Iraqi troops close in on the city, the UN reports.

In turbulent Middle East, UN envoy warns against ‘sleep-walking into another violent conflict’ (19.10.2016)

As the absence of progress towards a two-state solution has led to growing anger and frustration among Palestinians and profound disillusionment among Israelis, the top United Nations Middle East envoy warned today: “We must all avoid the risk of sleep-walking into another violent conflict at a...

U.S. to send 600 more troops to Iraq to help retake Mosul from ISIS (28.09.2016)

[…] The announcement means that there will soon be 5,000 American troops in Iraq, seven years after the Obama administration withdrew all American troops from the country.

Two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict at risk of giving way to ‘one-state reality,’ - Ban (15.09.2016)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for intensified efforts to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to take the difficult steps required to change the current destructive trajectory of the conflict, which is heading towards a “one-state reality” rather than a peaceful...

More than two-thirds of those killed in August civilians, reports UN mission (01.09.2016)

Civilians continue to disproportionately bear the burden of acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq, accounting for more than two-thirds of those killed or injured in the month of August, the United Nations mission announced today.

Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon (30.08.2016)

The United Nations Security Council today unanimously extended the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), until the end of August 2017.