UNSC vote on a resolution calling for a one-month humanitarian ceasefire in Syria delayed until Saturday as member states fail to reach a consensus with Russia. The death toll of this week has topped 500, a quarter of them are children.
Abbas put the blame for the failure of peace efforts squarely on Israel, saying it was "acting as a state above the law" and had "shut the door on the two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ethiopia has declared state of emergency amid anti-government protests that saw hundreds killed and several thousand detained during the past two years.
De Mistura says fighting over Idlib and sustained regime airstrikes across the northwest and against the besieged Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta reportedly killed more than 1,000 civilians in the first week of February alone
According to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Office, at least 277 civilians were killed and another 812 civilians wounded in Syria last week including 230 in air strikes by the regime and its allied forces.
UN draft resolution expresses grave concern over three reported chlorine attacks in Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks and asserts that those responsible for using chemical weapons must be held accountable.
Trump threatened to withhold aid unless Palestine returns to negotiating table. Palestine has snubbed Trump since his decision on Jerusalem, saying the US has lost any moral authority to broker peace.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's seemingly warm speech might just be a clever gimmick aimed at extracting concessions and creating a rift between the US and South Korea .
Some UN Security Council members, including France and Russia accuse Washington of meddling in Tehran's domestic affairs.
The announcement that requires quick repatriation of 1.6 million refugees came after Afghan leaders hailed Donald Trump's tweet which blamed Islamabad for sheltering Taliban factions fighting US and Afghan soldiers in Afghanistan.
The UN rebuked US President Trump late last year after he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, despite Palestinian and international opposition. Now Trump has threatened to cut off aid to Palestine.
Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands formally join the ranks of the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
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