Israel said to be moving troops to Gaza border as truce expiry nears

Aug 14, 2014

Israel said to be moving troops to Gaza border as truce expiry nears

Israel moved troops to the Gaza Strip border, Israeli newspapers reported, as the midnight expiry of a three-day truce drew near without word of an extension. The Ha’aretz newspaper reported that the Israeli military also called up additional reserves troops, hours after officials warned ...

Ban: Israeli attack on U.N. school in Gaza 'unjustifiable'

Jul 31, 2014

Ban: Israeli attack on U.N. school in Gaza 'unjustifiable'

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned an Israeli strike on a Gaza school that killed 16 people as “unjustifiable” Wednesday, calling for those responsible to be held to account. “This morning a U.N. school sheltering thousands of Palestinian families suffered a reprehensible attack,” Ban ...

Jul 28, 2014

Iran's Zarif steps up Gaza diplomacy, offers aid

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conducted a hefty round of telephone diplomacy late Sunday to rally support and humanitarian aid for Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. He spoke with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and regional ...

Kerry sees 'some progress' in Gaza truce efforts

Jul 24, 2014

Kerry sees 'some progress' in Gaza truce efforts

Washington’s top diplomat said global efforts to end 16 days of bloodshed in Gaza were progressing Wednesday as the fighting raged on and airlines suspended flights over rocket fears. As U.S. and U.N. diplomats continued intensive diplomacy to end the violence, the Islamist Hamas ...

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 23, 2014

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.” Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference ...

Jul 18, 2014

Libya seeks U.N. help, warns of collapse

Libya asked the United Nations for help Thursday to build up its security forces, with the foreign minister warning that his country could turn into a “failed state.” Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the U.N. Security Council to dispatch experts to train the ...

G-77 calls for new economic order

Jun 15, 2014

G-77 calls for new economic order

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday opened a Group of 77 plus China summit in Bolivia, with developing countries calling for a more fair new world economic order. Ban spoke to a vast audience that included some 30 heads of government and representatives of ...

Mayors ask Ban to aid nuke ban treaty

Apr 29, 2014

Mayors ask Ban to aid nuke ban treaty

The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to hand over about 210,000 signatures of citizens calling for negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The signatures were collected over the past year by Mayors of ...

U.N.: 3.5 million Syrians desperately need aid

Apr 25, 2014

U.N.: 3.5 million Syrians desperately need aid

Almost 3.5 million civilians in Syria have virtually no access to desperately needed humanitarian aid and people are dying needlessly every day as violence and extremism escalate and the risk of sectarian violence grows, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. In a report to ...

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

Apr 6, 2014

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

French and African soldiers serving in the Central African Republic are “overwhelmed” by the “state of anarchy” in the country, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday — a day after Chadian troops began withdrawing from the peacekeeping mission. The U.N. Security Council is due ...