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.

UN uses speeches, photo exhibit and concert to voice solidarity with Palestinians

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is being observed today at United Nations Headquarters in New York with a special commemorative meeting, a new photographic exhibition and a concert by Maqamat, an orchestra of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.

Marking Day of Solidarity, Ban stresses importance of a Palestinian State

Voicing deep concern that talks between Israel and the Palestinians have stalled for nearly a year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of creating the right conditions so that the two sides have sufficient trust in each other to return to the negotiating table.

UN agency calls on Iran to halt work on recently-disclosed facility

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today called on Iran to immediately suspend the construction of a recently-disclosed uranium enrichment facility, and cooperate more fully to resolve all outstanding issues related to its nuclear programme.

UN nuclear watchdog has hit 'dead end' with Iran, says chief

The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today called on Iran to fully engage with the body to resolve outstanding issues related to its nuclear programme, citing no movement in over a year on the matter.

UNICEF official draws attention to plight of children in northern Yemen

Children in northern Yemen have little to celebrate on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid Al Adha, a senior official with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has stated, drawing attention to the plight of the youngest victims of the ongoing conflict between Government forces and rebels.

Yemen: head of UN agency voices concern at lack of access to conflict displaced

The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today highlighted her continued concern about safe humanitarian access to civilians displaced by fighting in northern Yemen.