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UN Council must respond ‘credibly’ to NKorea rocket: US

The United States on Tuesday demanded that the UN Security Council respond “credibly” to anyrocket launch by North Korea which would breach international sanctions. Susan Rice, US ambassador to the United Nations, said the major powers had already held informal talks on the looming event and that 15 UN Security Council members agreed it would be a “provocative…

Congressman Kucinich: NATO must account for Libyan deaths

WASHINGTON — A US lawmaker fiercely opposed to NATO’s role in the Libya conflict called Tuesday for the alliance’s military chiefs to be held to account under international law for the deaths of Libyan civilians. “Otherwise we will have witnessed the triumph of a new international gangsterism,” Democratic Representative Dennis…

Fighting still rages in Libya despite no-fly zone

TRIPOLI – Fighting raged between forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi and insurgents in several towns on Tuesday despite a UN-mandated no-fly zone aimed at stopping the violence. Meanwhile, as a senior US officer said Kadhafi forces were still attacking civilians, doubts persisted over the best way to continue…

U.S. vetoes U.N. draft condemning Israeli settlements

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States on Friday vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory after the Palestinians refused to withdraw the Arab-drafted text. The other 14 council members voted in favor of the draft resolution. But the United States, as one of…

In dramatic turnaround, US to censure Israel in Security Council

WASHINGTON – In a dramatic departure from longstanding policy, the United States intends to support a United Nations Security Council resolutions censuring Israel for building settlements in Palestinian territory. The Obama administration told Arab governments Tuesday it will back a draft resolution saying the Security Council “does not accept the…

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