By Michelle Nichols

Russia says U.S. refuses to share Syria truce deal with U.N. council

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday that a U.N. Security Council endorsement of a Syria ceasefire deal between Moscow and Washington appeared unlikely because the United States does not want to share the documents detailing the...

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 5:08 AM

Russia questions report blaming Syrian government for gas attacks

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia questioned on Tuesday a report by the United Nations and a global chemical weapons watchdog that blamed Syrian government forces for two chlorine gas attacks, saying the U.N. Security Council could not use...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 1:33 AM

Portugal's Guterres still leads race for U.N. chief after third ballot

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres still leads the race to become the next United Nations Secretary-General after a third U.N. Security Council secret ballot on Monday, diplomats said....

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 2:11 AM

U.N./OPCW inquiry blames Syria government for gas attacks, likely sanctions fight looms

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syrian governmenttroops wereresponsible for twotoxic gas attacks and Islamic Statemilitantsused sulfur mustard gas, a joint investigation by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog found...

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 1:11 AM

U.N. chief wants review of any new details on crash that killed Hammarskjold

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended on Wednesday that the world body appoint an eminent person to review any new information uncovered about a 1961 plane crash that killed then U.N. chief Dag...

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 1:03 AM

All Syria parties must commit to Aleppo aid truce, not just Russia: U.N.

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations is ready to deliver aid into Syria's Aleppo, but needs commitments from all parties in the war - not just Russia - to abide by a 48-hour humanitarian truce, the U.N. aid chief,...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

U.N. to investigate peacekeepers' response to South Sudan hotel attack

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched an investigation on Tuesday into accusations peacekeepers in South Sudan failed to respond properly to an attack on a Juba hotel by uniformed men who killed a...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 9:11 AM

U.N. chief warns of unprecedented 'catastrophe' in Syria's Aleppo

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday of an unprecedented "humanitarian catastrophe" in Syria's Aleppo and urged Russia and the United States to quickly reach a deal on a ceasefire...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 3:49 AM

U.N. approves 4,000 more troops to secure peace in South Sudan capital

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Friday authorized the deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force in South Sudan's capital, Juba, as part of the U.N. peacekeeping mission and threatened an arms embargo if the...

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 12:46 AM

Russian troop build-up could reflect 'very bad' intentions: Ukraine

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A build-up of Russian military on Ukraine's border with the Crimean region, which has been annexed by Moscow, could reflect "very bad intentions," Ukraine's U.N. envoy warned on Thursday after the U.N. Security Council...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 12:49 AM

U.N. censure of North Korea missile thwarted

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council has been unable to condemn the launch of a missile by North Korea that landed near Japan because China wanted the statement to oppose the planned deployment of a U.S. anti-...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 2:24 AM

Syria talks should not rest on halt in Aleppo fighting: Russia

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia warned on Tuesday that the next round of Syria peace talks should not be contingent on a halt to fighting in Aleppo after U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told the U.N. Security Council he aims to...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 12:42 AM

U.S. urges Russia to halt Syria sieges; Russia slams aid politicization

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council must not allow civilians on both sides of the Syrian city of Aleppo to be cut off from humanitarian aid, the United States said on Monday as Russia accused Washington of...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 12:32 AM

U.S. proposes U.N. approve 4,000-strong force for South Sudan's Juba

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States proposed on Sunday that the United Nations Security Council authorize a 4,000-strong force to ensure peace in South Sudan's capital Juba and threaten to impose an arms embargo if the transitional...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 4:47 AM

Portugal's Guterres leads U.N. chief race after second ballot

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is still the front-runner to become the next United Nations Secretary-General after a second U.N. Security Council secret ballot on Friday, said diplomats...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 11:13 PM

Exclusive: U.N. report on Yemen says Houthis used human shields, Islamic State got cash

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Yemen's Houthi rebels used civilians as human shields, Islamic State militants in the country received an influx of cash and al Qaeda has improved its roadside bombs, according to a confidential report by United...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 12:01 AM

U.S. envoy hits back at suggestion U.S. provoked North Korea

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, hit back on Wednesday at suggestions that a United States decision to deploy an advanced anti-missile defense system in South Korea had provoked recent...

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:13 AM

Portugal's Guterres eyed ahead of second poll for next U.N. chief

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres could cement himself as the ninth United Nations Secretary-General when the Security Council holds its second secret ballot on Friday, some diplomats said...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 10:16 PM

U.N. extends South Sudan mission, U.S. reports renewed violence

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council extended a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan on Friday until Aug. 12 as the United States warned that it had received "disturbing reports" of renewed violence in...

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 9:47 AM

U.N. council approves police to Burundi, several states abstain

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council authorized on Friday the deployment of up to 228 U.N. police to Burundi to monitor the security and human rights situation in the East African country, though four...

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 4:13 AM