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The U.N. Security Council renewed its Syrian observer mission for 30 days Friday, a small reprieve for a unit tasked with monitoring a failed peace plan.

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U.N. authorizes 300 unarmed Syria monitors updated: Sat Apr 21 2012 18:23:00

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday voted unanimously to authorize up to 300 unarmed military monitors to try and bring about compliance with a cease-fire imposed last week in violence-wracked Syria.

Clinton calls for tougher U.N. steps against Syriaupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 00:52:00

The international sense of urgency over the Syrian crisis grew on Thursday, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for an arms embargo and other tough U.N. Security Council steps against the Bashar al-Assad regime.

UN: North Korea actions 'deplorable'updated: Fri Apr 13 2012 18:57:00

The United Nations has condemned North Korea's attempt to launch a long-range missile.

U.N. Security Council plea fails to stem Syrian bloodshedupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 21:40:00

Shelling in the besieged Syrian city of Hama continued Thursday, a day after the United Nations Security Council called for the regime to end the bloodshed.

Syria hammers Homs; Security Council backs Annan missionupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 16:05:00

Syrian security fores pounded a densely populated Homs neighborhood Wednesday as the U.N. Security Council called on the government to work with its envoy to end the bloodshed.

North Korea's planned launch puts food aid on pauseupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 18:17:00

As senior U.S. officials sought to figure out how to respond to North Korea's announcement that it will launch a satellite using ballistic missile technology, a State Department spokeswoman said Friday that an agreement by the United States to deliver food aid to the impoverished country would be put on pause.

North Korean commander threatens Seoulupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 18:17:00

A North Korean military commander threatens to turn Seoul into "sea of flames". CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

Syrian opposition calls for international military interventionupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 22:46:00

The opposition Syrian National Council called Monday for urgent military intervention on the part of the international community to help halt the grinding violence and protect civilians.

Russia and China: Sabotaging U.N. with vetoesupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 09:23:00

When the Arab League asked for U.N. Security Council endorsement of its call for a new government in Syria and sought the imposition of sanctions to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Russians went toe-to-toe with the United States, publicly and behind closed doors.

Syrian activists are 'blaming Russia'updated: Wed Feb 08 2012 09:23:00

CNN's Ivan Watson explains why those opposed to Bashar al-Assad are so angry with Russia for blocking a U.N. resolution.

U.N. Security Council to meet on Syria as deaths mountupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 22:56:00

More than 200 people were reported killed in Syria, hours before the U.N. Security Council was scheduled to meet and likely vote on a draft resolution intended to pressure the government there to end its months-long crackdown on demonstrators, diplomats said.

U.N. Security Council talks Syria peace as deaths mountupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 20:54:00

Security Council members ended an afternoon of private discussions Wednesday about a draft resolution on Syria still riven by major differences but expressing optimism that an agreement could be reached, participants said.

U.N. Security Council debates Syria as violence ragesupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 20:44:00

Arab and Western diplomats spoke in support Tuesday of a U.N. Security Council draft resolution that calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, while representatives from Russia and China slammed it as meddlesome.

U.N. to consider call for Syrian president to step downupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 23:03:00

The U.N. Security Council this week will take up a draft resolution proposed by Morocco that calls on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and transfer power.

Draft resolution calls for al-Assad to step downupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 18:41:00

The U.N. Security Council discussed Friday a resolution introduced by Morocco that calls on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and transfer power to his vice president.

Why won't the U.N. Security Council intervene in Syria? updated: Fri Jan 13 2012 19:14:00

Last year, the U.N. Security Council authorized "all necessary measures" to stop the violence when the nation in question was Libya. It has come nowhere close to that on Syria, where the United Nations estimates more than 5,000 people have been killed since March. Why?

CNN exclusive: Inside a divided Syriaupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 19:14:00

CNN's Nic Robertson offers a rare look inside a crowd of thousands wanting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's ousted.

Secretary-general calls for action on Syria, touts U.N. role in Arab Springupdated: Wed Dec 14 2011 21:24:00

The United Nations' secretary-general called once again Wednesday for a cessation of violence in Syria and for international action.

Refer Syria's leaders to International Criminal Courtupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 14:28:00

The crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Syria has resulted in at least 3,500 deaths. The United Nations Security Council should immediately request that all charges of crimes against humanity in Syria be referred to the International Criminal Court.

With Security Council report, Palestinian statehood bid stalled at U.N.updated: Fri Nov 11 2011 15:45:00

The Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations was effectively stalled Friday after the Security Council approved a report stating its inability "to make a unanimous recommendation."

U.N. Security Council receives report on Palestiniansupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 14:54:00

A draft report from a U.N. Security Council committee studying whether Palestinians should be accepted as a U.N. member state was "unable to make a unanimous recommendation" to the council.

NATO ends Libya mission updated: Thu Nov 03 2011 11:04:00

More than seven months after the U.N. Security Council authorized NATO forces to protect demonstrators in Libya, the aerial bombing campaign operation that helped depose longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi ended here Monday at midnight.

NATO mission in Libya endsupdated: Thu Nov 03 2011 11:04:00

As NATO's mission in Libya comes to an end, Anders Rasmussen says the alliance has fulfilled its U.N. mandate.

Zimbabwe foreign minister urges reform of U.N. Security Councilupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 06:31:00

Zimbabwe's foreign minister is calling for reform of the United Nations Security Council following the "extrajudicial" killing of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Azerbaijan gets UN Security Council seatupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 04:53:00

Azerbaijan was awarded the open seat on the U.N. Security Council Monday after Slovenia dropped its bid.

Pakistan, 3 other nations chosen for 2-year UN Security Council termsupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 19:17:00

Four countries, including Pakistan, were elected Friday to join the UN Security Council in January as nonpermanent members for two-year terms. Also elected, via secret ballot, were Guatemala, Morocco and Togo.

U.N. Security Council unanimously condemns Yemenupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 18:32:00

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday in favor of a resolution to condemn violence in Yemen, where demonstrators, government forces and rival factions have been embroiled in months of unrest.

Protests continue as Yemen goes to Security Councilupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 18:11:00

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Sanaa on Wednesday, marching, chanting and calling for the United Nations to come out with a firm resolution in support for change in the country.

U.N. secretary-general disappointed by Syria vetoupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 17:07:00

(CNN) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed disappointment Wednesday that Russia and China this week blocked a Security Council resolution against a crackdown in Syria, and Turkey called the move "unfortunate."

China, Russia vetoes thwart U.N. Security Council resolution on Syriaupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 22:53:00

Russia and China blocked efforts of other major powers to pass a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria Tuesday, with a dramatic dual veto thwarting a call for an immediate halt to the crackdown in Syria against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.

Security Council may vote on Syria resolutionupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 22:14:00

The U.N. Security Council could vote as soon as Tuesday on a resolution calling on Syria to immediately halt its violent crackdown on opponents who have staged protests against the continued rule of Bashar al-Assad.

How will the U.N. respond to Syria?updated: Thu Sep 29 2011 06:25:00

The U.N. Security Council struggles to agree on a resolution critical of Syria. CNN's Richard Roth reports.

European nations dial back U.N. resolution on Syriaupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 06:25:00

The four European members of the U.N. Security Council are softening their stance on Syria with an eye toward persuading Russia and China to get on board with council action. The council met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the action proposed by the Europeans.

Behind Palestinian U.N. effortupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 17:40:00

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney talks about the strategy behind the effort to get the U.N. to recognize a Palestinian state.

U.N. Security Council to send Palestinian state bid to admissions committeeupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 17:40:00

The U.N. Security Council met Monday to consider the Palestinians' bid for full membership in the world body and decided to meet again Wednesday morning, when they will send the matter to the admissions committee, said Security Council President Nawaf Salam of Lebanon.

Many facets to Abbas' U.N. move, analysts sayupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:54:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' ambitious push to gain full U.N. membership may seem unrealistic, but analysts say he is making hard-nosed calculations rooted in domestic politics.

Palestinians push ahead with U.N. bidupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:54:00

Palestinians may ask the United Nations General Assembly to vote on its status.

Diplomatic deals in play to avert Palestinian showdown at U.N.updated: Wed Sep 21 2011 05:43:00

As the international community works on a package of initiatives to avoid a diplomatic showdown over Palestinian statehood at the U.N. Security Council this week, the presidents of the United States and the Palestinian Authority will meet to discuss the issue, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

Two decades of U.S. role in Mideast peaceupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 05:43:00

CNN's Wolf Blitzer takes a look at America's role in the struggle for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Palestinians vow push for state but hint compromise is possibleupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 20:52:00

The Palestinian Authority's foreign minister said Thursday Palestinians will seek full United Nations membership next week in the Security Council setting a stage for a showdown with the United States which has threatened a veto.

Palestinian statehood: Bethlehem's viewupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 20:52:00

Residents of Bethlehem weigh in on a bid to have the U.N. recognize a Palestinian state. CNN's Kevin Flower reports.

U.S.: Top two Mideast officials headed back to regionupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 13:06:00

The top two American officials dealing with Middle East peace talks are headed back to the region, U.S. officials said Tuesday, as the Palestinians announced they are taking their bid for statehood to the United Nations.

U.S., EU tell Syrian pres. to step asideupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 06:17:00

International pressure mounts for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

U.N. mission to travel to Syria as report draws bloodupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 06:17:00

A humanitarian mission from the United Nations will travel this weekend to Syria to look for effects of President Bashar al-Assad's protest crackdown, a U.N. official said Thursday shortly after the release of a damning report.

Sources: U.S. is moving toward calling for Syrian leader to step downupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 21:32:00

The United States is moving toward issuing an explicit call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, U.S. government sources told CNN Tuesday.

U.N. Security Council condemns Syrian government crackdownupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 03:21:00

The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday issued a statement condemning the Syrian government's crackdown on protesters and calling for an immediate end to violence by all parties.

Security Council condemns Syria violenceupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 22:00:00

The U.N. Security Council issues a statement condemning the violence in Syria. CNN's Richard Roth reports.

Assad decrees Syria reform, state media reportsupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 07:04:00

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree authorising a multi-party political system, state media reported Thursday, a day after the U.N. Security Council condemned the Syrian government's crackdown on protesters.

U.N. Security Council issues statement condemning violence in Syriaupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 18:22:00

The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday issued a statement condemning the Syrian government's crackdown on protesters and calling for an immediate end to violence by all parties.

Syrian activist:'It's a daily massacre'updated: Wed Aug 03 2011 18:22:00

A human rights activist recounts the daily horrors that are occurring in Syria under a government crackdown.

Syrian violence ramps up despite Ramadanupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 21:34:00

Even with the start of Ramadan, violence continues to escalate in Syria. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Security Council ends Tuesday's meeting on Syria without actingupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 21:34:00

The 15 members of the U.N. Security Council ended a second day of private discussion Tuesday without deciding how to respond to Syria's violent crackdown on protesters.

U.N. Security Council discusses Syria amid reports of clashesupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 21:52:00

The U.N. Security Council met Monday to discuss Syria amid reports of continuing clashes between the military and civilians.

Iraq takes over billions in oil revenue set aside by U.N.updated: Fri Jul 01 2011 09:41:00

Iraq took control Friday of billions of dollars in oil revenues set aside by the United Nations following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, money intended to be used build up the country's economy.

Security Council backs U.N. head for second termupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 17:15:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was officially chosen Friday for a second term by the U.N. Security Council in a unanimous and widely expected nomination.

CNN reporter, briefly in Syria, hears 'horror' storiesupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 10:26:00

As the Syrian military on Tuesday continued its relentless advance against protesters, citizens who had fled their homes for safety related "horror story upon horror story" to a reporter who managed to enter the country.

CNN's first look inside Syriaupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 10:26:00

Arwa Damon briefly enters Syria for a first hand look.

UN takes no action on Syriaupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 08:30:00

Syria repression continues, but the UN Security Council is deadlocked. CNN's Richard Roth takes a look.

Analysis: Why U.N. won't act against Syriaupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 08:30:00

We have all heard about the Arab Spring, the rapid change which swept through the streets of the Middle East and North Africa.

Security Council mulls resolution condemning Syriaupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 23:04:00

The four European members of the U.N. Security Council took the lead Wednesday in presenting a revamped resolution to the United Nations condemning Syria for its crackdown on peaceful anti-government demonstrators.

Security Council to huddle over Syriaupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 12:07:00

The U.N. Security Council is planning to tackle the Syrian crisis on Wednesday, an effort to grapple with nearly three months of anti-government demonstrations and a brutal regime crackdown against the protesters.

U.N. Security Council condemns violence in Sudanupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 20:42:00

The U.N. Security Council on Friday condemned the violence in the disputed Sudanese region of Abyei and called on the government in the north to pull out its troops.

U.N. Security Council split over Syriaupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 07:13:00

Countries are in disagreement over how to respond to the violence in Syria. CNN's Richard Roth reports.

Syrian ambassador rejects call for independent investigationupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 21:05:00

Syria's ambassador to the United Nations rejected Tuesday a call for an independent investigation into the killings of hundreds of demonstrators by government forces.

Q&A: What the Libyan no-fly zone meansupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 14:27:00

Libya's embattled regime declared a cease-fire Friday as an international coalition was preparing to enforce a United Nations-backed no-fly zone to protect civilians in the war-torn country.

Diplomats discussing "range of options" beyond no-fly zoneupdated: Thu Mar 17 2011 05:52:00

As Libyan government forces barreled down on rebels, the United Nations Security Council was unable to agree Wednesday on a resolution to protect civilians with a no-fly zone or possibly other measures including air strikes.

Libyan amb. still hopeful for airstrikesupdated: Thu Mar 17 2011 05:52:00

The Libyan ambassador says he is hopeful for a U.N. resolution to authorize airstrikes against Gadhafi's forces.

UN Security Council pauses in talks on Libyan no-fly zoneupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 18:10:00

Even with Libyan rebels trying to beat back Col. Moammar Gadhafi's advancing army, the U.N. Security Council displayed no urgency Monday to adopt a no-fly zone over the war-torn North African nation.

Libyan rebel needs include a no-fly zoneupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 07:47:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman explains how the lack of a no-fly zone in Libya is one of many obstacles facing rebels.

Security Council discusses Libya no-fly zoneupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 07:47:00

A no-fly zone over Libya was discussed Tuesday by the U.N. Security Council but little action was agreed to, officials said.

U.N. Security Council says renewed civil war looms in Ivory Coastupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 11:46:00

The U.N. Security Council warned Thursday that civil war could return to Ivory Coast in West Africa after months of political deadlock.

Libyan no-fly zone would be risky, provocativeupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 05:57:00

After days of unrest in Libya, U.S. officials say a no-fly zone is an option for pushing Moammar Gadhafi from power and preventing bloodshed in toppling the regime.

Human rights groups: Violence in Libya must stopupdated: Fri Feb 25 2011 17:42:00

Human rights groups continued to call for an end to the violence in Libya on Friday as fears of an escalating humanitarian crisis came to light amid ongoing violent clashes between Moammar Gadhafi's security forces and anti-regime protesters.

U.S. vetoes U.N. resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegalupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 20:20:00

The United States vetoed Friday a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have declared Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal.

U.S. vetoes U.N. Israeli resolutionupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 20:20:00

The United States vetoes a U.N. Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegal.

U.N. Security Council calls for ceasefire between Thailand, Cambodiaupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 22:35:00

The U.N. Security Council Monday called for a truce between Thailand and Cambodia and urged the two Asian nations to begin a dialogue to end their dispute over an ancient Hindu temple on the border.

U.N. Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Korean crisisupdated: Sun Dec 19 2010 10:17:00

At Russia's urging, the U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Sunday morning aimed at defusing simmering tensions in the Korean peninsula.

Security Council told of two reported arms embargo violations by Iranupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 11:53:00

Iran continues to evade and violate a U.N.-imposed arms embargo, according to a sanctions committee report released Friday to the Security Council.

Obama backs permanent seat for India on Security Councilupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 11:54:00

In another major sign of growing ties between India and the United States, President Barack Obama on Monday backed a permanent seat for India in the U.N. Security Council.

Obama wants India for Security Councilupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 11:54:00

President Obama says he looks forward to welcoming India as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

New to Security Council, India looks west to 'troubled neighborhood'updated: Tue Oct 12 2010 16:00:00

India called the the "troubled neighborhood" on its west a priority area after the South Asian nation won a nonpermanent slot in the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday.

UN Security Council condemns Somali suicide attackupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 18:06:00

The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the Somalia suicide bombing that took the lives of at least 33 people on Tuesday. Six members of the Somali Parliament died in the attack and three members were injured, a government spokesperson said.

U.N.: Security situation in Darfur worsensupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 06:32:00

The security situation in war-ravaged Darfur shows no sign of improvement as fighting has intensified between rebel groups and the Sudanese government, the United Nations Security Council was told Tuesday.

People suspected of al Qaeda, Taliban links can appeal U.N. blacklistupdated: Sat Jul 17 2010 00:01:00

The avenue of appeal is now open for people who believe they are unfairly on a U.N. Security Council blacklist of individuals with suspected connections to al Qaeda or the Taliban.

U.N. Security Council condemns warship sinkingupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 23:06:00

The United Nations formally condemned Friday the sinking of a South Korean warship in March but did not specifically name North Korea, which a multinational probe found culpable in the incident.

U.N. Security Council to condemn sinkingupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 10:01:00

The United Nations is set to formally condemn the action -- but not a particular nation -- for the March sinking of a South Korean warship, the Cheonan.

U.N. to condemn warship sinkingupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 10:01:00

The U.N. is expected to condemn North Korea for the sinking of a South Korean warship. CNN's Richard Roth reports.

Departing U.N. official questions progressupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 02:04:00

In his final appearance before the Security Council, the United Nations' outgoing humanitarian chief questioned whether progress in protecting civilians has actually been accomplished.

North Korea rejects torpedo findings, threatens warupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 14:39:00

North Korea on Tuesday rejected international findings that it sank a South Korean ship, warning at the United Nations the dispute could lead to war.

Special reps brief U.N. Security Council on Sudanupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 22:29:00

A quartet of special representatives went before the United Nations Security Council Monday to brief members on political and humanitarian challenges in Sudan -- particularly the war-torn Darfur region -- as the country nears a referendum in early 2011 that could see Africa's largest nation split in two.

Koreas meet with U.N. Security Council over ship's sinkingupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 20:15:00

United Nations Security Council President Claude Heller said that the U.N. body is "gravely concerned" about tensions between North Korea and South Korea after hearing presentations from both sides Monday into the sinking of a South Korean naval ship in contested waters in March.

Former Nuremberg prosecutor chides U.S., China, Russiaupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 07:48:00

One of the attorneys who prosecuted Nazi war criminals at the end of World War II cautioned the United States, Russia and China on Wednesday over their opposition to the final inclusion of "crimes of aggression" in the mandate for the International Criminal Court.

U.N. Security Council prepares to vote on tougher Iran sanctionsupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 04:08:00

Diplomats will vote Wednesday on a new draft resolution that slaps Iran with tougher sanctions because of its nuclear program.

U.N. Security Council to vote on tougher Iran sanctionsupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 17:31:00

Diplomats hoping to slap tougher sanctions on Iran because of its nuclear program will vote on a new draft resolution on Wednesday.

New sanctions against Iran?updated: Tue Jun 08 2010 17:31:00

CNN's Richard Roth reports on an impending sanctions vote against Iran by the U.N. Security Council.

China prepping to send warships after piratesupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 23:37:00

Two Chinese destroyers and a supply ship will set sail for the Gulf of Aden on Friday to protect Chinese merchant ships from an increasing number of pirate attacks in the waters off the coast of Somalia, navy officials said Tuesday.

New nations admitted to U.N. Security Councilupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 12:38:00

Iran and Iceland lost their bids Friday to win two of five rotating member seats on the U.N. Security Council.

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