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2005-09-19 17:07:09

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China warned the West on Monday against any attempt to abuse a newly agreed international right to intervene to protect civilians threatened by genocide, war crimes or ethnic cleansing. A United Nations summit last week approved the principle that the international community has a "responsibility to protect" civilians where governments are unable or unwilling to do so. The aim was to prevent any repetition of the massacres in Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo in...

2005-09-16 19:50:04

By Paul Taylor and Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - World leaders endorsed modest reforms of the United Nations on Friday at the end of a summit that made only limited progress on fighting poverty and terrorism, boosting security or protecting human rights. The final document was adopted by consensus to polite applause after Venezuela condemned the procedure as "grotesque" and illegal, and the United States put on record its opposition to any "support, endorsement, or...

2005-09-16 11:32:57

By Paul Taylor UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - World leaders prepared to adopt modest reforms of the United Nations on Friday after a three-day summit that made little progress on fighting poverty and terrorism, boosting security or protecting human rights. With many leaders including President George W. Bush having left New York, those remaining voiced a mixture of hope that the biggest summit in U.N. history would give new momentum to development goals and disappointment at the meager...

2005-09-15 19:17:12

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez used the United Nations on Thursday to fire a broadside at the United States, saying the world body should move out of New York over the war in Iraq. In a speech to the U.N. world summit, he also said the United States had failed its own people in its response to Hurricane Katrina, accused Washington of fueling terrorism and faulted it for its doctrine of pre-emptive military strikes. "Today we know there...

2005-09-14 01:31:23

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - World leaders explore ways to revitalize the United Nations at a summit on Wednesday but their blueprint falls short of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's vision of freedom from want, persecution and war. U.S. President George W. Bush is among the first of 150 kings, presidents and prime ministers to address the session marking the 60th anniversary of the world body, suffering from corruption scandals and sharp divisions among its members on...

2005-09-13 16:27:31

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly approved a watered-down declaration on development, human rights, terrorism and global security on Tuesday that world leaders will issue at the world body's 60th anniversary summit. Delegates cheered loudly after divisive all-night and weekend negotiations among developing countries and rich nations and even between the United States and Europe. The three-day meeting, starting Wednesday, is being billed as one of...

2005-09-13 15:45:00

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Negotiators clinched a deal on Tuesday on a watered-down declaration on development, human rights, terrorism and global security that world leaders will issue at the U.N.'s 60th anniversary summit. "It is a done deal," said Anne Patterson, the deputy U.S. ambassador, shortly before the 191-member U.N. General Assembly was to convene and endorse the document. The compromise document, prepared by General Assembly President Jean Ping of...

2005-09-13 12:39:53

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Negotiators watered down ambitious proposals on human rights, terrorism, global security and development on Tuesday in a push to draft a document for world leaders at the U.N.'s anniversary summit. The meeting, starting Wednesday, is being billed as one of the largest summits in history with some 150 kings, presidents and prime ministers converging on the Manhattan headquarters of the United Nations to mark its 60 years of existence....

2005-09-13 01:29:49

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Ready or not here they come -- some 150 world leaders were set to approve a somewhat emasculated U.N. document at Wednesday's summit on global security, human rights, extreme poverty, and U.N. management. Last-ditch crisis talks continued through the night with ambitious goals falling by the wayside in an effort to complete the draft by Tuesday as heads of state and government arrived for the three-day summit that starts on Wednesday....

2005-08-24 22:01:31

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador John Bolton urged U.N. member nations on Wednesday in a letter to accelerate negotiations on development, security and human rights proposals less than a month before 175 world leaders are to approve reform proposals at a summit. Bolton's letter, circulated to the other 190 ambassadors, at the United Nations comes a week after the United States submitted more than 500 amendments to a draft document diplomats have been...


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