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  • 26 January 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 26 Jan 2012
  • US, Arab League Face Russian Opposition on Syria VOA 26 Jan 2012 -- The Obama administration is joining the Arab League in pushing for U.N. action to end months of political violence in Syria by calling on President Bashar al-Assad to give up power. Syria is counting on Russia to block U.N. moves that Damascus says could be a pretense to military action.
  • Arab League to Present Syria Plan to UN Security Council VOA 26 Jan 2012 -- Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby says he and Qatar's prime minister will jointly present an Arab plan for resolving Syria's months-long unrest to the U.N. Security Council on Monday.
  • New UN report shows sharp rise in Palestinians uprooted by Israeli demolitions UN News Centre 26 Jan 2012 -- Almost 1,100 Palestinians, over half of them children, were displaced due to home demolitions in the West Bank by Israeli forces in 2011 – over 80 per cent more than in the previous year – according to a United Nations report released today.
  • Return of UN political presence to Mogadishu 'historic' step, says envoy UN News Centre 26 Jan 2012 -- The re-establishment of the United Nations political presence in Mogadishu will allow the world body to work more closely with Somalia during a crucial period in its peace process, the UN envoy to the country said today.
  • UN: Somalia Will Remain Largest Humanitarian Crisis VOA 26 Jan 2012 -- The United Nations says the situation in Somalia is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, and will remain so this year. Particularly hard hit are the so-called IDPs, or 'Internally-displaced persons' - thousands of Somalis who fled famine and brutal attacks by the feared al-Shabab militant group and languish in IDP camps throughout the capital.
  • Perpetrators of 'heinous' attacks in Nigeria must be brought to justice – Security Council UN News Centre 26 Jan 2012 -- The Security Council has strongly condemned the multiple terrorist attacks that occurred in Kano, Nigeria, in recent days, causing numerous deaths and injuries, and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.
  • South Sudan Gambles Big With Oil Shutdown VOA 26 Jan 2012 -- South Sudan is shutting down its oil production to protest against high fees Sudan charges to transport the commodity through northern pipelines. The move threatens both countries' economies and is heightening tensions that have festered since the south declared independence in July.
  • ICC Charges Force Kenyan Ministers to Step Aside VOA 26 Jan 2012 -- Kenya's finance minister and head of civil service have resigned their positions following the International Criminal Court's recent decision to proceed with their cases. The two are among four suspects who must stand trial for crimes against humanity in connection with the country's post-election violence several years ago. The two suspects have come under increasing pressure to step aside.
  • Côte d'Ivoire: Security improving but root causes of unrest remain – UN envoy UN News Centre 26 Jan 2012 -- The security situation in Côte d'Ivoire is stabilizing nine months after the end of the violence that shook the country following presidential elections in late 2010, but the underlying causes of instability and unrest have not been fully addressed, the United Nations top official in the West African country told the Security Council today.
  • UN official calls for mechanism to address problems facing Africa's Sahel region UN News Centre 26 Jan 2012 -- The United Nations political chief today called for the establishment of a mechanism to address the myriad challenges facing countries in West Africa's Sahel region, which, he said, include a humanitarian crisis, lack of socio-economic development, insecurity and the threat of terrorism.
  • UN Tries to Revive Faltering Cyprus Peace Talks VOA 26 Jan 2012 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has acknowledged U.N. talks on Cyprus have ended with little tangible progress, but added he may call an international conference in late April or early May on a settlement to resolve the division of the island.

News Reports

  • Lavrov: 'No Signs of Instability in N. Korea' RIA Novosti 26 Jan 2012 -- Moscow does not see any signs of instability in North Korea a month after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.
  • President: West's anti Iran sanctions target Iranian people IRNA 26 Jan 2012 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that the Western governments have targeted Iranian people by imposing sanctrions on Iran.
  • President: West dreams of its colonial times IRNA 26 Jan 2012 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that the Western governments are dreaming of their supremacy of colonial time over the world.
  • Russia calls for diplomatic means to resolve dispute with Iran IRNA 26 Jan 2012 -- Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday that Russia only thinks of diplomatic means to resolve nuclear dispute with Iran and nothing more.
  • Ahmadinejad: Iran Does Not Oppose Nuclear Talks with West VOA 26 Jan 2012 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his government does not oppose negotiating with Western powers about its nuclear program but also wants them to change what he calls their 'foul' behavior toward Iran.
  • Ping Defends AU Libya Policy in Summit Opening Speech VOA 26 Jan 2012 -- African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping has offered a defense of AU policy on Libya during an opening address to the continental summit underway in Addis Ababa. Ping is favored to win re-election as chairman, despite a strong challenge from South Africa.
  • INDONESIA: Bird flu deaths raise red flags IRIN 26 Jan 2012 -- Two recent deaths from bird flu in Indonesia highlight the need for continued vigilance against a possible resurgence of the deadly virus, an official and health expert warned.
  • EGYPT: Anti-bird flu campaign planned IRIN 26 Jan 2012 -- A nationwide campaign to stop the spread of H5N1 avian influenza in Egypt is to be launched by the government in a few weeks, say officials, but details are still sketchy.
  • UN Worries Over Libya Militias RFE/RL 26 Jan 2012 -- United Nations officials say they are growing increasingly concerned over the activities of Libyan militias and people held in detention centers in the north African country.
  • Yemen: Security Council urges timely, inclusive political transition UN News Centre 26 Jan 2012 -- Yemen's forthcoming presidential election will be an opportunity for the country to embark on a transitional process that strengthens national dialogue and leads to a political system that will be more inclusive and open to greater participation by all citizens, says the Security Council.
  • U.S. Presidential Hopeful Promises Moon Base by 2020 RIA Novosti 26 Jan 2012 -- US Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has promised to build a moon base by 2020 if he becomes the next U.S. President in November, the Former Speaker of the House of Representatives said in an address to a crowd of over 700 people on Florida's 'Space Coast' on Wednesday.
  • NASA Says No to Probe Crash Theory Test - Roscosmos RIA Novosti 26 Jan 2012 -- NASA has refused to participate in an experiment designed to show if U.S. radars could have had an impact on Russia's troubled Phobos-Grunt Mars probe, the deputy head of the country's space agency, Roscosmos, Anatoly Shylov said on Thursday.
  • Russia Launches Progress Freighter to Space Station RIA Novosti 26 Jan 2012 -- A Russian Soyuz-U launch vehicle carrying the Progress M-14M cargo spacecraft has been launched toward the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur space center, Russia's Mission Control said on Thursday.
  • Yemen's President Remains in Oman, Departure for US Uncertain VOA 26 Jan 2012 -- Outgoing Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh remains in the Persian Gulf sultanate of Oman and it is unclear when his planned trip to the United States for medical treatment will take place.



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