UN Security Council calls for ‘lasting ceasefire’ in Libya

By |februar 13th, 2020|António Guterres, Berlin Libya Conference, Khalifa Haftar, Libya, News, Russia, United Nations Security Council|

The UN Security Council on Wednesday (12 February) adopted a resolution calling for a "lasting ceasefire" in war-torn Libya, where a fragile truce has been in place since January.

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Slovakia’s Lajcak tipped to be next UN envoy for Western Sahara

By |februar 13th, 2020|António Guterres, Mauritania, Miroslav Lajcak, News, Polisario, Slovakia, United Nations, Western Sahara|

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, who once served as the president of the UN General Assembly, is expected to be named the world body's new special envoy for disputed Western Sahara, diplomats said Wednesday (12 February).

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Macron, Sahel leaders meet to boost anti-jihadist campaign

By |januar 13th, 2020|African Union, António Guterres, Burkina Faso, Chad, Charles Michel, Emmanuel Macron, France, Mali, Mauritania, MINUSMA, Moussa Faki, News, Niger, Operation Barkhane, Sahel, United Nations|

French President Emmanuel Macron will on Monday (13 January) host counterparts from five Sahel countries seeking more backing in the fight against a murderous jihadist uprising even as France's military role is being questioned.

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Berlin hosts ‘different’ Cyprus reunification talks

By |november 26th, 2019|António Guterres, Cyprus reunification, Mustafa Akinci, News, Nikos Anastasiades, Northern Cyprus, United Nations|

UN chief António Guterres said Monday (25 November) he agreed to work towards setting up a new round of informal talks with rival Cypriot leaders, after the parties acknowledged at a Berlin meeting that any fresh discussions "must be different".

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International alliance of cities commits to tackling air pollution

By |oktober 14th, 2019|Air Pollution, air quality, António Guterres, C40, Copenhagen, environmental protection, Health, National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), News, World mayors summit|

Poor air quality causes 422,000 premature deaths deaths each year in Europe and EU member states have repeatedly been singled out for exceeding pollution thresholds. At the C40 Summit on Friday (11 October), 35 cities decided to take the matter into th...

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Turkish and Syrian rebel forces to start Syria offensive ‘shortly’

By |oktober 9th, 2019|António Guterres, Donald Trump, Kurds, News, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Syria war, Turkey|

Turkish forces, together with the rebel Free Syrian Army, will cross the Syrian border "shortly", President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s communications director said early on Wednesday (9 October), as a surprise withdrawal of US troops made way for the Turkish incursion.

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UN sets constitution committee for Syria, but hopes to end war muted

By |september 24th, 2019|António Guterres, Federica Mogherini, News, Syria war, United Nations|

The United Nations announced Monday (23 September) the long-awaited creation of a constitution-writing committee on Syria that will include the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war.

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Washington sees ‘many options short of war’ with Iran after attacks on Saudis

By |september 19th, 2019|António Guterres, Donald Trump, Houthis, Iran, Iran nuclear deal, Mike Pompeo, News, Saudi Arabia, UN Security Council, United States|

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (18 September) there were many options short of war with Iran after US ally Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in a crippling attack on its oil sites that was "unquestion...

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Trump says US ‘locked and loaded’ for potential response to Saudi oil attack

By |september 16th, 2019|António Guterres, Donald Trump, Iran, Mike Pompeo, News, Saudi Arabia, terrorism, United Nations, war by proxy, Yemen|

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (15 September) that the United States was "locked and loaded" for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, after a senior official in his administration said Iran was to blame.

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As Amazon burns, Brazil’s Bolsonaro tells rest of world not to interfere

By |avgust 23rd, 2019|Amazon rainforest, António Guterres, Brazil, Climate Change, Emmanuel Macron, environmental disaster, forest fires, G7 summit, ILUC, Jair Bolsonaro, News, United Nations|

Amid growing international criticism over the wildfires raging through the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday (22 August) admitted farmers could be illegally setting the rainforest ablaze but told foreign powers not to interfere.

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