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UN set to lift Ivory Coast diamond embargo

The UN Security Council is set to lift a nearly decade-old embargo on Ivory Coast's international diamond trade and plans to relax its arms embargo there, diplomats said.

UN set to lift Ivory Coast diamond embargo
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Ban on export of oil products from Kazakhstan prolonged until July 2014

Ban on export of petroleum products from Kazakhstan has been prolonged until the second half of 2014.

Ban on export of oil products from Kazakhstan prolonged until July 2014
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UN women's rights resolution passed despite backlash

A UN General Assembly committee has agreed a landmark first resolution on women's rights defenders such as Malala Yousafzai, despite a hard fought campaign by an alliance including the Vatican to weaken the measure.

UN women's rights resolution passed despite backlash
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Germany, Brazil want UN privacy resolution

Germany and Brazil are working on a UN General Assembly resolution to highlight international anger at US data snooping in other countries.

Germany, Brazil want UN privacy resolution
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Council of Europe chief distances himself from circumcision resolution

Council of Europe chief Thorbjoern Jagland has distanced himself from a controversial resolution of the pan-European human rights body that calls for regulation of circumcision practices.

Council of Europe chief distances himself from circumcision resolution
Arms experts see Syria progress, on-site inspections soon
Arms experts see Syria progress, on-site inspections soon

International experts preparing to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal said they had made "encouraging" progress Thursday and expect to carry out on-site inspections within days.

Arms experts see Syria progress, on-site inspections soon
Syria disarmament team launches mission
Syria disarmament team launches mission

A disarmament team is to arrive Tuesday in Damascus on a mission to destroy Syria's chemical arsenal, a day after UN experts wrapped up their investigation of alleged gas attacks.

Syria disarmament team launches mission
Assad says Syria will comply with UN arms resolution
Assad says Syria will comply with UN arms resolution

Syria will comply with a UN resolution to destroy its chemical arsenal, President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday, as weapons experts prepared to head for Damascus to begin the task.

Assad says Syria will comply with UN arms resolution
UN Council orders Syria chemical arms destroyed
UN Council orders Syria chemical arms destroyed

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a landmark resolution Friday ordering the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and condemning a murderous poison gas attack in Damascus.

UN Council orders Syria chemical arms destroyed
UN Security Council passes first resolution on small arms trade
UN Security Council passes first resolution on small arms trade

The UN Security Council passed its first resolution Thursday on restricting the trade in illicit small arms, but Russia refused to back the measure.

UN Security Council passes first resolution on small arms trade
US, Russia break deadlock on Syria chemical arms
US, Russia break deadlock on Syria chemical arms

The United States and Russia agreed a draft UN Security Council resolution Thursday on destroying Syria's chemical weapons, breaking a prolonged deadlock over the country's bitter conflict.

US, Russia break deadlock on Syria chemical arms
UN powers make progress on Syria resolution: envoys
UN powers make progress on Syria resolution: envoys

The world's major powers made important progress Wednesday on key points of a UN Security Council resolution on destroying Syria's chemical weapons.

UN powers make progress on Syria resolution: envoys
New Syria dispute clouds UN assembly
New Syria dispute clouds UN assembly

Russia-US wrangling over a resolution to enforce the destruction of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons cast a shadow Monday over the start of the United Nations General Assembly.

New Syria dispute clouds UN assembly
Iran nuclear impasse to dominate IAEA meeting
Iran nuclear impasse to dominate IAEA meeting

Iran's defiant expansion of its nuclear programme and 10 failed meetings with the IAEA will dominate a gathering of the UN body's board starting Monday.

Iran nuclear impasse to dominate IAEA meeting
UN General Assembly set to adopt arms treaty
UN General Assembly set to adopt arms treaty

The UN General Assembly is expected to adopt the first global treaty on the conventional arms trade Tuesday after the 193 member states failed to reach consensus on it last week.

UN General Assembly set to adopt arms treaty
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UN to sanction N. Korea space agency: diplomat

The UN Security Council will order sanctions against North Korea's space agency in a resolution to be passed this week condemning a ballistic launch.

UN to sanction N. Korea space agency: diplomat
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Google maps New Year's resolutions around the world

Google is letting people peg their New Year's resolutions to an online map and see what promises others around the world have set out to keep in 2013.

Google maps New Year's resolutions around the world
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UN passes first resolution on female mutilation

The UN General Assembly on Monday passed its first resolution condemning female genital mutilation, which opponents say more than 140 million women worldwide have had to endure.

UN passes first resolution on female mutilation
China 'regrets' Syria envoy Annan's resignation
China 'regrets' Syria envoy Annan's resignation

China expressed regret Friday over former UN chief Kofi Annan's resignation as international envoy for Syria and said it would continue to "work for a political resolution" to the conflict.

China 'regrets' Syria envoy Annan's resignation
Canada slams China, Russia for UN Syria vetoes
Canada slams China, Russia for UN Syria vetoes

Canada issued a scathing retort on Thursday after Russia and China vetoed another UN resolution to pressure the Syrian regime to rein in its crackdown on a 16-month-old rebellion.

Canada slams China, Russia for UN Syria vetoes