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At U.N., U.S. tells Russia it's isolating itself by backing Assad.

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The United States told Russia at the United Nations on Wednesday that is it isolating itself by continuing to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Britain said its scientists found sarin was used in a deadly toxic gas attack on Syrian civilians last week. Russia is set to block a push by Western powers at the United Nations later on Wednesday to bolster support for international inquiries into the April 4 toxic gas attack in Syria. It will be Moscow’s eighth veto in support of the Assad government since the Syrian war began six years ago. “To my colleagues from Russia – you are isolating yourselves from the international community every time one of Assad’s planes drop another barrel bomb on civilians and every time Assad tries to starve another community to death”, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, told the U.N. Security Council.

Ambassadors of permanent Security Council states warn over conflict in the south

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Ambassadors from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – China, France, Russia, the UK and the USA – have warned that fighting in the south, in particular around Tamenhint, could result in an escalation of the conflict in Libya. Its the second time that the Security Council has agreed on a joint statement. The previous one had been on the management of Libyan Oil production, by the own NOC (Libyan National Oil Corporation). The United Nation has also taken the resolution 2278, to extend measures to prevent the illicit smuggling of fuel out of Libya.

 

Vladimir Putin condemn US missile attacks on Syria's airbase.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation condemned the Sunday’s US cruise missile attacks on Syria’s Shayrat airbase in Homs province, describing it as violation of the United Nations charter. Rouhani deplored the use of chemical arms in Syria, saying, “Reports indicate that terrorists have access to chemical weapons and the US strikes will prompt terrorist groups to use chemical weapons once again”. Putin  said the United Nations has acknowledged that the Syrian government does not possess chemical weapons, adding that Washington’s missile strikes were a pre-planned move which would fail to help solve the Syrian crisis.

Iran condemns use of chemical weapons in Syria.

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Foreign Ministry Qasemi remarks a day after deadly use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Idlib. Noting that this catastrophic incident was not the first of its kind in Syria, the spokesman warned against adopting double-standard approaches and making hasty judgments. Despite chemical disarmament of the Syrian government with the full cooperation of the government and under the supervision of a joint representative from the UN and OPCW, failure to pay due attention to disarmament of terrorist groups remains to be an obstacle on the way of Syrian chemical disarmament, the spokesman said, noting that Iran has always voiced concern about the consequences of this issue.  He said that one of the aims behind the attack was to hamper diplomatic efforts in Astana to find a settlement to Syria crisis which had led to a ceasefire in the war-hit country. Iran, as the main victim of usage of chemical weapons, sympathizes and condoles with the families of the victims, Qasemi said, voicing Tehran’s readiness to accept those injured for receiving medical treatment.

US says Assad removal no longer priority in Syria.

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the US is changing course on Syria, and that the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad is no longer a priority. Haley said she wants to work with countries such as Turkey and Russia to find a long-term political solution in Syria, rather than keep the focus on the Syrian president’s future. Just prior to Haley’s comments, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a joint press conference in Turkey with his counterpart there, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and signaled the change in direction for US diplomacy. Tillerson said “Assad’s long-term presence must be decided by the Syrian people”.

Vice President Mike Pence said the United States is still considering moving the US Embassy in Israel.

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Speaking to thousands of pro-Israel activists, Vice President Mike Pence said the United States is still considering moving the US Embassy in Israel an action expected to be met with strong opposition in the Arab world. “After decades of simply talking about it, the President of the United States is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem”, Pence told the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday. The pro-Israel lobby, popularly known as AIPAC, is holding the event in Washington. The embassy promise was a mainstay of President Trump’s campaign speeches, but the administration backed off making the move immediately once it took office.

 

The United States, Britain and France are among almost 40 countries that will not join talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty .

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The United States, Britain and France are among almost 40 countries that will not join talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty starting at the United Nations on Monday, said U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley. Haley told reporters the countries skipping the negotiations are instead committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which entered into force in 1970 and is aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. “There is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons. But we have to be realistic. Is there anyone that believes that North Korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons?” Haley told reporters.

Asiri: UN needs to permanently monitor, not just visit, Hodeida port.

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After the visit of a UN envoy from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to the port of Hodeida, the Arab coalition spokesperson Asiri told Al Arabiya that is necessary that the UN convoy permanently monitor the port to know the reality of the area and the criminal practices by the Houthi militias. The aim of the UN visit was to oversee the mechanism of work at the port and verify statements from the coalition forces on the smuggling of illegal weapons to the Houthis and turning the port into a military base. Moreover Asiri confirmed the coalition intentions to end efforts in Mokha and to regain control of the Khalid ibn Walid military camp from Houthi militias.

UK puts UN's Human Rights Council 'on notice' over anti-Israel bias.

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Britain on Friday leveled unprecedented criticism at the United Nations Human Rights Council after it adopted five resolutions alleging Israeli human rights abuses in Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights, despite opposition from the United States and the U.K. According to the Quartet’s report last year, there were 250 terrorist attacks, leading to the deaths of at least 30 Israelis. Renewed Hamas efforts to rebuild their tunnels are a grave concern. The scourge of anti-Semitic incitement and glorification of terrorism continue. And for as long as terrorists are treated as martyrs, peace will prove distant. And yet neither ‘terrorism’ nor ‘incitement’ were a focus of this week’s Council discussions and resolutions. This is not acceptable, the Human Rights Council has adopted 135 country-specific resolutions, 68 of which [are] against Israel or years that Isrel’s situation is on the agenda of the Human Right Council. The resolutions adopted on Friday, condemned Israel for alleged violation of human rights “in the occupied Syrian Golan” and the “occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem”; for interfering with the “right of the Palestinian people to self-determination”; and for the “human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem”.

North Korea ready to conduct nuclear test.

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North Korea appears to have completed preparation for another nuclear test and is ready to carry it out, South Korea’s military said Friday, as the United Nations adopted a statement condemning Pyongyang’s latest military provocations. “Our assessment is that North Korea is ready to conduct a nuclear test if they get the go ahead from Kim Jong-un”, said an official from Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff in a meeting with reporters. “We believe they have been preparing for a long period of time”. Fox News and AFP reported Thursday that the North would conduct a sixth nuclear test within the coming days, citing US officials with knowledge of the matter.

 

 

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