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Chinese banks halt transactions for North Koreans

Branches of China's biggest banks have suspended financial transactions for North Koreans, employees told AFP, suggesting that Beijing has pursued stronger measures against its nuclear-armed ally than previously thought.

US revises draft UN sanctions proposal on North Korea: diplomats

The United States released a revised draft for new sanctions against North Korea on Sunday, diplomats said, making concessions to Russia and China as it seeks to convince the UN Security Council to punish Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.

North Korea says more missiles to come as UN condemns launch

North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un has promised more missile flights over Japan, insisting his nuclear-armed nation's provocative launch was a mere «curtain-raiser», in the face of UN condemnation and US warnings of severe repercussions.

Afghanistan massacre may account to war crime: UN

A United Nations investigation published Sunday confirmed that Taliban and self-proclaimed Islamic State insurgents jointly massacred dozens of people in Afghanistan earlier this month in an attack that «may amount to a war crime».

Israel freezes controversial settlement law

Israel's Supreme Court has frozen implementation of a law legalising dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labelled a «thick red line».

UN rights investigator on surprise Philippine visit

The United Nations' special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings condemned Friday the use of violence to combat illegal drugs, as she made a surprise visit to the Philippines that angered President Rodrigo Duterte.

UN expert seeks urgent review of Saudi terrorism law

Saudi Arabia should urgently review its definition of terrorism under a law used to prosecute non-violent journalists and human rights defenders, a United Nations special rapporteur said on Thursday.

US urges UN to focus on «chief culprit» Iran

The United States on Thursday urged the UN Security Council to make Iran's «incredibly destructive» activities its Middle East priority and devote less attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

UN, Russia set for Syria meet without US

The UN's Syria envoy said Thursday that he will hold talks with Russian officials next week but without the US present after previous plans for a trilateral meeting were «postponed».

France, US push for Aleppo observers

The United Nations Security Council could vote as early as this weekend on a French-drafted proposal to allow international observers in Syria's Aleppo and ensure urgent deliveries of aid, the US envoy said Friday.

UN «appalled» by Syria violence, urges Aleppo access

Top UN officials said Saturday they were «appalled» by escalating violence in Syria, and urged immediate access to Aleppo, where government forces are waging a ferocious assault to retake rebel-held districts.

UN envoy urges focus on «real» Gaza issues

UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said Saturday that residents of the Gaza strip need jobs and hope more than a harbour and airport, a reference to recent comments by Israel's defence minister.

Yemen rebels say UN peace plan «basis for discussion»

Yemen's Huthi rebels said Sunday that a new UN peace plan was a «basis for discussion» despite containing «fundamental flaws». The plan to end the country's 19-month-old war is «a basis for discussion... but contains fundamental flaws in general, in the details and the timeframe,» the rebels said in a statement.

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