27 May 2019

North Korea slams ‘warmonger’ Bolton over missile tests comment

North Korea on Monday slammed US national security adviser John Bolton for claiming that recent North Korean missile tests “no doubt” violated United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and reiterating that the US government should not lift sanctions on Pyongyang. In a statement quoted on state media, North Korea’s foreign

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27 May 2019

Libya’s Haftar vows to fight until Tripoli ‘militias’ defeated

Renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar on Sunday said that he will continue his campaign to conquer Tripoli until his forces defeat troops loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). Haftar also criticized United Nations mediator Ghassan Salame who recently described Haftar’s campaign as “the start of a

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22 May 2019

North Korea at UN warns of consequences over ship seizure

North Korea on Tuesday said it was watching “every move” by the US government since the latter seized a North Korean ship two weeks ago. North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations warned that “the United States should deliberate and think over the consequences its outrageous acts might have on the

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22 May 2019

Nuclear war risk highest since WWII, UN arms research chief warns

Today the risk of nuclear weapons being used is higher than it has been at any time since World War II, the director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) Renata Dwan said on Tuesday. Dwan argued that the increased risk of nuclear war results from changes to arms-control

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07 May 2019

Libya’s Haftar urges troops to ‘wipe out’ military opponents

While the United Nations (UN) this weekend called on the fighting parties in Libya to agree to “an extendable one-week humanitarian truce” in the context of Ramadan, which started this week, renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar made it very clear on Sunday that he doesn’t want his Libyan National Army

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30 Apr 2019

Air raids trap civilians in Libyan capital Tripoli

Over the past two days, the Libyan National Army (LNA) of renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar intensified its push for the Libyan capital, resulting in heavy fighting and shelling between the LNA and forces loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. Haftar launched his campaign

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25 Apr 2019

UN evacuates 325 refugees out of Tripoli as clashes continue

While the battle for Tripoli between renegade commander Khalifa Haftar’s troops and forces loyal to the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli rages on, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday evacuated 325 refugees from a UN detention centre located at the southern edge of the capital.

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24 Apr 2019

NATO, Afghan forces kill more civilians than Taliban

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a new report[pdf] showing that in the first quarter of 2019, NATO and pro-government troops in Afghanistan were responsible for more civilian deaths than Taliban fighters. While pro-government forces killed 305 civilians, the Taliban and other insurgent groups killed 227.

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23 Apr 2019

UN raises Libya aid alarm as Tripoli clashes intensify

The United Nations is warning that the ongoing conflict between the Libyan National Army (LNA) of renegade military leader Khalifa Haftar and forces loyal to the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli requires the international body to step up its humanitarian response efforts in the country. So far, the fighting

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22 Apr 2019

Trump Endorses an Aspiring Libyan Strongman, Reversing Policy

US President Trump on Friday endorsed Khalifa Haftar, a renegade Libyan military leader who is challenging the legitimacy of the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli. One day after the US opposed a draft United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya, Trump called Haftar to

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