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July 19, 2012 | By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council delayed a vote on a new Syria resolution until Thursday in a last-minute effort to get key Western nations and Russia to agree on measures to end the dramatically escalating violence. International envoy Kofi Annan contacted several governments Tuesday and urged the council to postpone Wednesday's scheduled vote so its deeply divided members could "unite and take concerted and strong action that would help stem the bloodshed in Syria and build momentum for a political transition," his spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said.
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January 2, 1992 | BY MICHAEL LIND
By recognizing Croatia and Slovenia, Germany proved it is no longer an economic giant and a political dwarf. It succeeded in pressing the European Community to recognize the Yugoslav republics against the objections of the United States and United Nations. This act symbolized the collision between the post-World War II global order and the emerging post-Cold War European order. If the gap between European and world institutions is not to grow, Europe's greatest power should be made a permanent member of the directorate of the world's great powers: the UN Security Council.
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December 8, 1990 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Negotiations remained deadlocked last night on a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution that contemplates a peace conference on the Palestinian question, an issue the United States fears will complicate its strategy in the confrontation with Iraq. The Americans are in an uncomfortable position dealing with the resolution, which is ardently opposed by their Israeli allies. But U.S. officials also do not want to veto the measure, which is supported by the members of the Arab coalition that the United States has assembled to oppose Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.
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August 10, 1990 | Associated Press Susan Bennett of the Inquirer Washington Bureau contributed to this article
The U.N. Security Council yesterday unanimously expressed outrage over Iraq's annexation of Kuwait, declaring it "null and void," and called on all nations to repudiate the puppet Kuwaiti regime. British Ambassador Crispen Tickell said the move - which drew scorn from Iraq - set a precedent for the kind of bold Security Council action envisioned when the United Nations was formed in 1945. The U.N. vote came as the Soviet Union left open the possibility of taking part in a multinational military action in the Persian Gulf region under the leadership of the United Nations.
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January 10, 1989 | By Rick Lyman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yesterday was a much better day for the United States in the U.N. Security Council: The intensity of anti-U.S. rhetoric dipped as a closed-door drive tried to soften the language of a resolution critical of the U.S. downing of two Libyan jets last week. In the first two days of debate after Wednesday's incident over the Mediterranean Sea, the United States was castigated by speakers from more than two dozen nations. No one, save the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Vernon A. Walters, defended Washington.
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May 4, 2006 | By Jonathan S. Landay and William Douglas INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Britain and France, backed by the United States, introduced a draft U.N. Security Council resolution yesterday that would order Iran to halt uranium enrichment immediately. The 15-nation council would "consider such further measures as may be necessary" - diplomatic language for sanctions or other punitive steps - if Iran refused to comply, the draft said. The draft contained no deadline. "It should be a very short period of time," U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said. The draft's introduction marked the beginning of what could be protracted diplomatic bargaining by Washington and its two European allies to win approval of a legally binding resolution on Iran.
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March 11, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
With a French veto now a certainty and other support still in question, the United States and Great Britain were forced yesterday to delay a Security Council vote to set a March 17 deadline for Iraq to disarm - or face destruction. The United States had hoped to present the resolution to the council today. But despite a phone campaign by President Bush, it was evident America and its allies hadn't picked up the nine votes for a majority. But even nine votes wouldn't do it. French President Jacques Chirac said his country would veto any resolution that opened the way to war. The Russians also said they would vote against the proposal as it was currently worded.
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March 18, 2011 | Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted yesterday to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and authorize "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from attacks by Moammar Gadhafi's forces, hours after the Libyan leader vowed to crush the rebellion with a final assault on the opposition capital of Benghazi. The U.N. vote paved the way for possible international air strikes on Gadhafi's advancing military and reflected the past week's swift reversal of the situation in Libya, where once-confident rebels are now in danger of being obliterated by an overpowering pro-Gadhafi force using rockets, artillery, tanks and warplanes.
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October 15, 1990
The United States had no choice but to support the U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Israeli police handling of the violence on Jerusalem's Temple Mount last week. The origins of the violence - which left at least 21 Palestinians dead and involved stone throwing at innocent Jewish worshippers - are still disputed by Israeli security officials, but many Israelis have criticized police mishandling of the episode. Such an explosion, next to some of Islam's holiest shrines, could have jeopardized the coalition of Arab and American forces put together to outflank Iraq's Saddam Hussein.
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January 17, 2006 | By Jonathan S. Landay INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
The world's leading powers agreed yesterday that Iran should resume its freeze on research into uranium enrichment, a process that can be used to produce fuel for nuclear weapons. But the United States, Britain, Germany and France failed to persuade Russia and China to join them in bringing Iran before the U.N. Security Council for violating the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the global pact aimed at halting the spread of nuclear weapons. The council has the power to punish Iran with economic sanctions.
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June 12, 2013
Antigay bill gains in Russia MOSCOW - A bill that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality won overwhelming approval Tuesday in Russia's lower house of parliament. Hours before the State Duma passed the Kremlin-backed law in a 436-0 vote with one abstention, more than two dozen protesters were attacked by hundreds of antigay activists and then detained by police. The bill banning the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" still needs to be passed by the appointed upper house and signed into law by President Vladimir V. Putin, but neither step is in doubt.
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April 21, 2013 | By Peter James Spielmann, Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS - The joint U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria on Friday gave the Security Council a grim assessment of the Syrian civil war, saying that Damascus was completely uncooperative in negotiations. "With the Syrians, I got nowhere," Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters after the closed-door briefing. Diplomats said he told them virtually nothing had been accomplished in eight months. Since last year, Brahimi has been promoting a peace plan that would call for a transitional government in which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would step aside.
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February 14, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE DEVELOPERS are competitors, two of six applicants vying for the second Philadelphia casino license. But local guy Bart Blatstein couldn't hide his admiration Tuesday for Steve Wynn, the casino magnate with a winning record that stretches from Atlantic City to Las Vegas to Macau in China. Blatstein sought an audience with Wynn after the state Gaming Control Board heard six hours of testimony - one hour each for the applicants - during which they sung their own praises. Wynn dismissed much of what he heard Tuesday as "a lot of developer-speak, a lot of pie-in-the-sky stuff.
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October 10, 2012 | By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday extended authorization for the NATO-led force in Afghanistan for a year and welcomed the agreement to gradually transfer full responsibility for security in the country to the Afghan government by the end of 2014. A resolution adopted unanimously by the council also welcomed the government's "strong commitment" to develop a national security force under civilian leadership that can contribute to the region's security by stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan.
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July 19, 2012 | By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council delayed a vote on a new Syria resolution until Thursday in a last-minute effort to get key Western nations and Russia to agree on measures to end the dramatically escalating violence. International envoy Kofi Annan contacted several governments Tuesday and urged the council to postpone Wednesday's scheduled vote so its deeply divided members could "unite and take concerted and strong action that would help stem the bloodshed in Syria and build momentum for a political transition," his spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said.
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April 14, 2012 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Obama has ramped up U.S. aid, including communications equipment and medical supplies, to Syria's opposition in hopes of accelerating the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad, officials said Friday. The president signed off on the package last week, U.S. officials said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. They declined to outline all forms of assistance because of the danger anti-Assad protesters have faced. At the United Nations, meanwhile, the Security Council scheduled a vote Saturday on a resolution authorizing the deployment of U.N. military observers to monitor the cease-fire.
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March 13, 2012 | By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS - The United States and Russia clashed over Syria at the United Nations on Monday after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the divided Security Council to speak with one voice and help the Mideast nation "pull back from the brink of a deeper catastrophe. " Washington and Moscow both called for an end to the bloody yearlong conflict - but on different terms, leaving in doubt prospects of breaking a deadlock in the council over a new resolution. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton rejected any equivalence between the "premeditated murders" carried out by President Bashar al-Assad's "military machine" and the civilians under siege driven to self-defense.
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March 7, 2012 | By Ben Hubbard and Zeina Karam, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Syria's president defied mounting international pressure to end the year-old crackdown on an uprising against him, saying Tuesday that he was determined to go on fighting what he called "foreign-backed terrorism. " After U.S. Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) called for air strikes on Syria, President Obama said unilateral U.S. military action against President Bashar al-Assad's regime would be a mistake. Key U.N. Security Council members began discussing a possible new resolution, proposed by the United States, that demands an end to the violence in Syria, first by government forces and then by opposition fighters, in hopes of overcoming opposition from Russia and China.
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November 9, 2011 | By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS - There is no consensus among the 15 Security Council nations on the Palestinian application for U.N. membership, according to a draft report summing up members' views circulated Tuesday. The four-page report says the council is divided among those who support Palestinian membership, those who cannot support it now and would abstain, and those who think the application does not meet the criteria for membership and oppose it. A copy of the report was obtained by the Associated Press.
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