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U.N.: Algerian deportees headed for Europe dying in Sahara heat

U.N.: Algerian deportees headed for Europe dying in Sahara heat

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May 16 (UPI) -- Dozens of refugees seeking asylum in Europe have died this year in the blistering heat of Africa's Sahara Desert and thousands more are trapped there, a United Nations agency said Wednesday. The International Organization for Migration said the migrants have been stranded in the desert in recent weeks after they were expelled from Algeria. It also said it's providing shelter for up to 3,500 of the displaced in Niger. Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said last year the migrants are "a threat to national security." A crackdown on migration by Algerian authorities has led to the deportations of thousands who hoped to make it to Africa's Mediterranean coast en route to Europe. Many deportees, mostly from sub-Saharan Mali, Cameroon and Nigeria, have been left in t...
U.N. ends peacekeeping mission in Liberia after 15 years

U.N. ends peacekeeping mission in Liberia after 15 years

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March 30 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the government of Liberia for turning "the page on crisis and conflict" as the United Nations ended its mission in the west African nation Friday.U.N. peacekeepers departed Liberia after nearly 15 years in the wake of two deadly civil wars."The secretary-general congratulates the people and government of Liberia for their determination to turn the page on crisis and conflict," a statement on behalf of Guterres said. "He commends the government's continued efforts to ensure sustained peace and sustainable development in Liberia."U.N. peacekeeping troops entered the country in October 2003 at the end of the second Liberian civil war between a rebel group in the north, one in the south and the government of former Preside
Armed groups in Libya torturing migrants, selling slaves, U.N. says

Armed groups in Libya torturing migrants, selling slaves, U.N. says

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March 21 (UPI) -- Seven years after the U.S. and NATO-led effort to remove Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, armed groups are committing human rights abuses and people are being sold in slave markets, according to United Nations officials.Andrew Gilmour, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said the situation in Libya has not improved since Gaddafi was toppled and killed in 2011. Armed groups with no connection to the government have proliferated throughout the country and are detaining people arbitrarily and subjecting them to torture and murder."Extrajudicial and unlawful killings are rampant," Gilmour said. "In what has become an increasing pattern in and around Benghazi over the last two years, more bodies with signs of torture and hands bound were found in the str...
U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

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SEOULl, South Korea, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The United Nations political chief met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk during a rare four-day trip to Pyongyang.U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in the North Korean capital Tuesday, a week after Pyongyang conducted its new intercontinental ballistic missile test.The North's Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday the two officials had "exchanged views on areas of common interest regarding U.N. agencies in cooperating with North Korea."Before the meeting took place, the North Korean official expressed his hope that the discussion would be "full of sincerity," Kyodo News reported.During his stay, Feltman is also expected to meet Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who extended the invitation to Pyo...
U.N. experts: Assad regime responsible for Syria chemical attack

U.N. experts: Assad regime responsible for Syria chemical attack

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Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Syria's government was responsible for the chemical attack that killed more than 80 people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, U.N. experts reported Thursday.The report compiled by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations' Joint Investigative Mechanism found that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime were responsible for the deadly sarin attack."The panel is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Sheikhun on 4 April 2017," the report stated.Syria repeatedly denied it was involved in the attack that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase.Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the report "confirms what we h...