United Nations General Assembly observers http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29247/all en Red Cross seeks access to Mali prisoners, fears reprisals http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/red-cross-seeks-access-mali-prisoners-fears-reprisals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Red Cross is seeking access to prisoners captured during the Mali conflict and is urging authorities to help prevent revenge attacks, ICRC chief Peter Maurer told AFP in an interview Friday.</p> <p>"We are currently going through all the channels to convince the political leadership to ... guarantee us access to all the prisoners taken during the conflict," said Maurer, who took over as the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross last July.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/red-cross-seeks-access-mali-prisoners-fears-reprisals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Nobel Prize Peter Maurer United Nations General Assembly observers War AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:15:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743121 at http://www.globalpost.com New US secretary of state places first phone calls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/new-us-secretary-state-places-first-phone-calls-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>John Kerry spoke with world leaders, including those representing Israel and the Palestinians, in his first phone calls as the new US secretary of state, officials said Sunday.</p> <p>Kerry, the former head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, replaced Hillary Clinton on Friday.</p> <p>America's new top diplomat spoke with Israeli President Shimon Peres on Saturday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.</p> <p>On Sunday, he also spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/new-us-secretary-state-places-first-phone-calls-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories Politics United Nations General Assembly observers War AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:31:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744898 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Support grows for U.N. force in Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/update-1-support-grows-un-force-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* UN Security Council expected to start discussing idea</p> <p>* Meeting looks at boosting Mali politically, economically (Adds quotes, meeting under way)</p> <p>By Adrian Croft and Justyna Pawlak</p> <p>BRUSSELS, Feb 5 (Reuters) - African and Western countries threw their support on Tuesday behind the idea of having United Nations peacekeepers eventually take over from an African force being deployed in Mali.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/update-1-support-grows-un-force-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Peacekeeping Technology United Nations United Nations United Nations General Assembly observers War Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 20:30:51 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5746852 at http://www.globalpost.com Southern Africa to discuss DRCongo at Friday talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/southern-africa-discuss-drcongo-at-friday-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Leaders from southern African countries will gather in the Mozambican capital on Friday for an extraordinary summit to discuss the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said.</p> <p>The meeting under the auspices of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) "will examine the latest political developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo," a statement from President Armando Guebuza's office said.</p> <p>It did not explain the reasons behind the hastily organised meeting.</p> <p>Mozambique holds the rotating presidency of the SADC bloc. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/southern-africa-discuss-drcongo-at-friday-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Technology United Nations United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:31:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749242 at http://www.globalpost.com Southern African leaders mull Congo force http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/southern-african-leaders-mull-congo-force <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Southern African leaders gathered for an extraordinary summit in Mozambique Friday to discuss the deployment of peacekeepers to the Democratic Republic of Congo.</p> <p>The meeting of heads of state is taking place under the auspices of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).</p> <p>The group was said to be at an advanced stage of military planning, but there was still disagreement about whether to send a stand-alone SADC force or join the United Nations mission.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/southern-african-leaders-mull-congo-force" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Southern African Development Community Technology United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 10:02:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749814 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands displaced in Mali's far-north need help: Red Cross http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/thousands-displaced-malis-far-north-need-help-red-cross <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thousands of displaced Malians who have fled to the far north of the country near the Algerian border are in great distress, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned Friday.</p> <p>"The ordeal of many people displaced by the conflict in Mali is far from over," the ICRC said in a statement, highlighting the plight of more than 6,500 displaced people and the 400 local families in Tinzawatene, in the Kidal region in the far north.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/thousands-displaced-malis-far-north-need-help-red-cross" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Tuareg United Nations General Assembly observers War AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 18:46:06 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750447 at http://www.globalpost.com Neutral in a harsh world: the history of the ICRC http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/neutral-harsh-world-the-history-the-icrc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Founded to care for victims of war, the International Committee of the Red Cross has faced a tough task, sometimes been found wanting, but has always known how to adapt to shifting challenges.</p> <p>The Swiss-based ICRC marks its 150th anniversary on February 17, making it the world's oldest humanitarian organisation still in existence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/neutral-harsh-world-the-history-the-icrc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Committee of the Red Cross International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Nobel Prize United Nations General Assembly observers War AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:32:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752303 at http://www.globalpost.com The AFP news calendar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/the-afp-news-calendar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Monday, February 18 to Sunday, March 17</p> <p>Monday, February 18</p> <p>ABU DHABI: International Defence Exhibition &amp; Conference continues (to 21)</p> <p>ABUJA: Nigeria oil and gas industry conference (to 21)</p> <p>ALLAHABAD, India: The Kumbh Mela Hindu festival continues (to 25)</p> <p>BANGKOK: Thailand, US continue annual military drills, with Myanmar observing for the first time (to 21)</p> <p>BOSTON, Massachusetts: Annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science wraps up</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/the-afp-news-calendar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Disaster Entertainment European Parliament Hospitality Laurent Gbagbo Law Politics Social Issues United Nations General Assembly observers War AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 03:30:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756283 at http://www.globalpost.com Plight of Syrian civilians 'catastrophic': Red Cross http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/plight-syrian-civilians-catastrophic-red-cross <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The plight of civilians in conflict-ravaged Syria has now reached catastrophic levels, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday, adding that it was having trouble reaching those in need.</p> <p>"I've come back from Syria convinced that we can and must expand operations there over coming months," ICRC Director of Operations Pierre Kraehenbuehl told reporters after a mission there.</p> <p>"After two years with no end to the military conflict, the situation of the civilian population has reached nothing short of catastrophic," he said.</p> <p>"There is no respite."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/plight-syrian-civilians-catastrophic-red-cross" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:30:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756869 at http://www.globalpost.com Gunman wounds Russian Red Cross worker in Yemen http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130326/russian-red-cross-worker-shot-yemen-security-source <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SANAA (Reuters) - A Russian aid worker working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was shot and wounded by unidentified gunmen in the Yemeni capital on Tuesday, a security official said.</p> <p>"The foreign worker was in the car of an international organisation when she was shot in one of Sanaa's streets," the official said, adding that the woman was in critical condition.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130326/russian-red-cross-worker-shot-yemen-security-source" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Nobel Prize United Nations General Assembly observers Thomson Reuters Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:15:53 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5794100 at http://www.globalpost.com Looters strip Red Cross depots in coup-hit C.Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/looters-strip-red-cross-depots-coup-hit-cafrica <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Looters in the coup-hit Central African Republic have stripped aid depots run by the International Committee of the Red Cross, threatening its ability to deal with the humanitarian crisis there, it said Wednesday.</p> <p>"The buildings we use to store equipment and food have been looted in Bangui. The bulk of the food has been stolen," ICRC spokesman Marie-Servane Desjonqueres told AFP in Geneva.</p> <p>"Acts like this endanger the work of the ICRC. Most of these supplies could have helped us deal with the emergency," she added.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/looters-strip-red-cross-depots-coup-hit-cafrica" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Labor Law Nobel Prize United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:47:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5795474 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africa's Zuma to join summit on Central African Republic http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130330/south-africas-zuma-to-join-summit-on-central-african-republic <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma will attend a summit of central African heads of state in Chad on Wednesday which will consider responses to the rebel takeover in Central African Republic.</p> <p>The South African leader was invited by Chadian President Idriss Deby, chair of the 10-nation Economic Community of Central African States, to join the extraordinary ECCAS summit in N'Djamena on April 3, Zuma's spokesman Mac Maharaj said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130330/south-africas-zuma-to-join-summit-on-central-african-republic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa African Union Politics United Nations General Assembly observers Thomson Reuters Sat, 30 Mar 2013 11:30:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5797490 at http://www.globalpost.com African leaders refuse to recognise C.Africa strongman (RECIT) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/african-leaders-refuse-recognise-cafrica-strongman-recit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>African leaders said they would not recognise Central African Republic's new self-proclaimed leader, as the nation's post-coup crisis came under the spotlight at a regional summit in Chad Wednesday.</p> <p>A transitional president should be elected in place of Seleka rebel leader Michel Djotodia, Chadian President Idriss Deby told journalists at a meeting of the Economic Community Of Central African States (ECCAS).</p> <p>"As things stand now, it is impossible to recognise a self-proclaimed president," he said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/african-leaders-refuse-recognise-cafrica-strongman-recit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Government United Nations General Assembly observers War AFP Wed, 03 Apr 2013 22:00:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5801198 at http://www.globalpost.com C. Africa strongman accepts Chad summit decisions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/c-africa-strongman-accepts-chad-summit-decisions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Central African Republic's rebel strongman Michel Djotodia has accepted the outcome of a regional summit on the country's crisis, which called for the election of a new interim president following last month's coup, the prime minister said Thursday.</p> <p>"I have discussed (the issue) with the head of state (Djotodia), who has given his agreement that this solution be chosen," said Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, who attended Wednesday's summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in N'Djamena.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/c-africa-strongman-accepts-chad-summit-decisions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa French language Law United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Thu, 04 Apr 2013 11:30:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5801504 at http://www.globalpost.com C.Africa strongman agrees to faster polls under new leader http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/cafrica-strongman-agrees-faster-polls-under-new-leader <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Central African Republic's rebel strongman on Thursday agreed to a regional plan to hold elections within 18 months and appoint another interim leader, the prime minister said.</p> <p>Michael Djotodia, who proclaimed himself president after seizing Bangui in a bloody coup last month, had planned a three-year transition to democratic rule.</p> <p>However regional leaders rejected his presidency at a meeting of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on Wednesday, after his Seleka rebel coalition ousted Francois Bozize.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/cafrica-strongman-agrees-faster-polls-under-new-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Central African War United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:45:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5801622 at http://www.globalpost.com