Middle East

Lebanon: UN-backed probe into Hariri killings ‘proceeding at full pace’– prosecutor

The prosecutor of the United Nations-backed court set up to try suspects in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and other killings has arrived in Lebanon on a seven-day visit, stressing his commitment to carry out his work with total independence.

UN assisting Iraqi leaders trying to resolve election law deadlock

The United Nations mission in Iraq is trying to help the country’s leaders resolve differences over national elections that have delayed holding the poll by its constitutional deadline of January.

Ban calls for extension of UN disengagement force on Israeli-Syrian front

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a six-month extension for the 35-year-old United Nations mission observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights, terming its presence “essential” due to overlying regional tensions despite calm on that particular front.

UN’s Middle East envoy urges halt to demolitions, evictions in East Jerusalem

The top United Nations envoy to the Middle East today reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for an immediate end to demolitions, evictions and the instalment of Israeli settlers in Palestinian neighbourhoods, as he visited the Sheikh Jarrah area in East Jerusalem, outside a house that was occupied by settlers.