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A new round of UN-sponsored talks to write a constitution for war-torn Syria has begun in Geneva, amid accusations that the Assad regime is deliberately stalling their progress.

Geir Pedersen has announced that the Constitutional Committee will resume talks in an effort to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

China sanctions Pompeo, Trump officials for violating 'sovereignty'

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China sanctions Pompeo, Trump officials for violating 'sovereignty'

China announced sanctions on more than two dozen officials and members of former president Donald Trump's cabinet.

Libyan leaders approve interim executive mechanism: <em>UN</em>

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Libyan leaders approve interim executive mechanism: UN

Interim UN envoy Stephanie Williams said 'Libyans have now a genuine opportunity to move past their differences and divisions' ...

Diplomats: <em>UN</em> Lebanon <em>envoy</em> to head Libya mission

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Diplomats: UN Lebanon envoy to head Libya mission

Diplomats say the former Slovak foreign minister will replace Ghassan Salame in the post, which has been vacant for nearly a year.

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UN chief Guterres set to name new Libya envoy

A letter sent to the UN Security Council has named former Slovakian foreign minister Jan Kubis as new UN envoy to Libya

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US-sanctioned Syrian airline delivers WFP aid to Libya

The United Nation's World Food Programme used US-sanctioned Syrian airline Cham Wings to deliver aid to Libya, prompting outrage online.

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US envoy visits Western Sahara after Morocco-Israel deal

The US is set to open a consulate in the contested Western Sahara.

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German professor named to head Sudan UN mission

A German professor has been called in to lead the UN mission in Sudan.

<em>UN</em> <em>envoy</em> arrives in Aden after deadly airport blast

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UN envoy arrives in Aden after deadly airport blast

Special envoy Martin Griffiths arrived at Aden airport, where he expressed his condolences and emphasised the need for a solution to ...

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Amid US tensions, Iran steps up uranium enrichment

Iran is pushing yet more uranium enrichment beyond the threshold established in the nuclear deal in 2015.

Tunisia pushes for <em>UN</em> monitors for Libya's frail ceasefire

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Tunisia pushes for UN monitors for Libya's frail ceasefire

Tunisia, the current president of the UN Security Council, called for a resolution sending international monitors to support Libya's ...

Amid US tensions, Iran steps up uranium enrichment

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Amid US tensions, Iran steps up uranium enrichment

Iran said it had started the process to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity, well beyond the threshold set by its 2015 nuclear deal with major ...

<em>UN</em> chief seeks monitors for Libya's fragile ceasefire

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UN chief seeks monitors for Libya's fragile ceasefire

In a letter to Security Council members, the secretary-general asked to set up a monitoring group.

Saudi-led coalition intercepts drone targeting ministers at presidential palace

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Saudi-led coalition intercepts drone targeting ministers at presidential palace

A blast was heard as a drone was downed in Aden's Al-Ma'asheeq district, where just moments earlier the newly-formed government of Yemen were ...

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With Biden, Britain's Brexiteers lose cheerleader

Brexiteers will be waving goodbye to a US led by Donald Trump, as Joe Biden is set to take over.

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UN: Mladenov turns down offer to lead UN mission

Nickolay Mladenov, who will be stepping down as Middle East peace envoy, has decided not to replace Ghassan Salame as head of ...

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Afghan election activist dies after rush-hour Kabul ambush

In the latest attack in Kabul, Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed was attacked by unknown gunman as he travelled to work and died in hospital from his ...

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US deepens sanctions on Syria, targets Assad's in-laws

The new sanctions target Syria's central bank, Bashar Assad's in-laws, and others.

Yemen in Focus: Women's group demands participation in government

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Yemen in Focus: Women's group demands participation in government

This week we focus on a women's movement that calls for the right to political participation.

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Morocco's normalisation trade-off: Western Sahara for Palestine

Comment: In exchange for recognition of Israel, the US has provided Morocco the opportunity to realize two of its longstanding ambitions. But ...

Libya factions disagree on mechanism for naming transitional government

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Libya factions disagree on mechanism for naming transitional government

The forum failed to break the deadlock on the selection mechanism despite six online meetings since their face-to-face talks in Tunisia in ...

<em>UN</em> calls for exit of mercenaries from Libya

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UN calls for exit of mercenaries from Libya

All mercenaries and foreign fighters in Libya must leave, an unanimous statement from the UN Security Council urged on Tuesday.

Iran president says Israel was behind killing of scientist

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Iran president says Israel was behind killing of scientist

President Hassan Rouhani's comments marked the first time he has directly accused Israel of carrying out the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh late ...

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