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Israel's settlement plans cast doubt on peace commitment: U.N.

courant.com — UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israel's decision to accelerate planning for some 1,000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem raises serious doubts about the Israeli commitment to peace with the Palestinians, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday. An Israeli government official said on Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will expedite preparations for new settler homes in East Jerusalem.

Israel's settlement plans cast doubt on peace commitment: U.N.

reuters.com — Credit: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening of the winter session of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem October 27, 2014. An Israeli government official said on Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will expedite preparations for new settler homes in East Jerusalem.

U.N. chief condemns planned separatist election in eastern Ukraine

reuters.com — Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the Asia Society's Game Changer Awards at United Nations headquarters in New York October 16, 2014. The Nov. 2 vote would be being held in defiance of Ukrainian national elections last Sunday in which pro-Western parties, dedicated to holding the former Soviet republic together and negotiating a settlement to the conflict, triumphed.

U.N. chief condemns planned separatist election in eastern Ukraine

dailymail.co.uk — UNITED NATIONS, Oct 29 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned an election being organized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying the vote would violate the country's constitution. The Nov. 2 vote would be being held in defiance of Ukrainian national elections last Sunday in which pro-Western parties, dedicated to holding the former Soviet republic together and negotiating a settlement to the conflict, triumphed.

For 23rd time, U.N. nations urge end to U.S. embargo on Cuba

reuters.com — Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 27, 2014. In the 193-nation assembly, 188 countries voted for the nonbinding resolution, titled "Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba."

U.N. council to meet on latest Israel-Palestine tensions

reuters.com — Credit: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun 1 of 2. A labourer stands on an apartment building under construction in a Jewish settlement known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim, in an area of the West Bank that Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed to the city of Jerusalem, October 28, 2014.

U.N. sees signs of North Korea softening in human rights dialogue

reuters.com — Credit: Reuters/KCNA North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during his visit to the completed Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphanage, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on October 26, 2014. Marzuki Darusman, U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea, told the U.N.

Wrong to expel top rights expert, U.N. envoy tells Congo

reuters.com — Scott Campbell, head of the United Nations' Joint Human Rights Office in Congo, was expelled after the release of a U.N. report that accused the Congolese police of abusing civilians during a crackdown on gangs in the capital Kinshasa.

U.N. rights investigator 'shocked' by latest Iran execution

reuters.com — Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the gallows at dawn on Saturday in Tehran's Evin prison after failing to secure a reprieve from the dead man's relatives within the 10-day deadline set by sharia law in force since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. "I was shocked over the weekend by the execution of Ms. Reyhaneh Jabbari," the U.N.

Somalia says reviewing oil deals U.N. says lack transparency

reuters.com — Energy firms are cautiously eyeing Somalia's long coastline, an untapped frontier on the east African seaboard that has become an exploration hot spot after big gas finds in Mozambique and Tanzania. Somalia's southern neighbor Kenya has found oil. The Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG), an eight-member panel of investigators that monitors compliance with U.N.
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Oct 30, 2014

East #Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy reut.rs/1rDePTA via @reuters

Oct 30, 2014

RT @APDiploWriter: "We don't even have a five-year plan.... We've got to get our act together," #SecKerry on fighting extremism.

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