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30 November 2012 Military News

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  • 30 November 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 30 Nov 2012
  • UN peacekeeping chief welcomes growing links with European Union in crisis management UN News Centre 30 Nov 2012 -- The United Nations peacekeeping chief today highlighted the growing level of cooperation between the UN and the European Union in tackling problems springing from many of the world's hotspots.
  • Israel Reveals Plans to Expand Settlements After UN Vote VOA 30 Nov 2012 -- Israel has revealed plans to build 3,000 new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, following the Palestinian Authority's successful United Nations recognition bid.
  • UN Upgrades Palestinian Status RFE/RL 30 Nov 2012 -- The Palestinians have had their status upgraded at the United Nations to "non-member state."
  • UN Upgrades Palestinian Status to Non-Member Observer State RIA Novosti 30 Nov 2012 -- The UN General Assembly recognized on Thursday the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a non-member observer state.
  • Israel Slams UN Palestinian Vote RIA Novosti 30 Nov 2012 -- None of the Palestinian actions on the international arena could present an alternative to direct peace talks with Israel, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.
  • Israel to Build 3,000 Homes beyond 1967 Border RIA Novosti 30 Nov 2012 -- The Israeli authorities have approved the construction of 3,000 housing units beyond the 1967 borders on Friday, less than a day after the UN recognized the Palestinian authority as a non-member state, the Ynet news portal said.
  • Palestinians, Israelis Divided Over UN Decision VOA 30 Nov 2012 -- Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip celebrated into the early hours Friday morning after the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the Palestinian Authority's bid to upgrade its status to that of a non-member observer state
  • UN envoy commends Lebanon's stability and assistance to refugees amid crisis in Syria UN News Centre 30 Nov 2012 -- A United Nations envoy has lauded Lebanon for its commitment to stability and security, as well as for its assistance to Syrian refugees, adding that increased support for them would be needed for the onset of winter.
  • UN Chief 'Horrified' By Syria Violence RFE/RL 30 Nov 2012 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the 20-month conflict in Syria has reached "new and appalling heights of brutality and violence."
  • At General Assembly, Ban and UN-Arab League envoy call for greater efforts to resolve crisis in Syria UN News Centre 30 Nov 2012 -- Announcing his plans to visit displaced Syrians in refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged greater efforts to help bring an end to the conflict in the Middle Eastern country as well as greater support for the envoy tasked with that mission.
  • UN refugee agency warns of acute humanitarian needs in Syrian city of Homs UN News Centre 30 Nov 2012 -- Thousands of people in the Syrian city of Homs now face precarious living conditions and shortages of basic services, the United Nations refugee agency warned today, following an assessment mission there.
  • UN Finds Dire Humanitarian Needs in Homs, Syria VOA 30 Nov 2012 -- The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reports tens of thousands of displaced people in the embattled Syrian city of Homs are living in unheated communal shelters. The agency recently completed a two-day assessment mission to Homs and found the humanitarian needs in the city to be overwhelming.
  • UN Envoy Warns Syria Could Become 'Failed State' VOA 30 Nov 2012 -- U.N.-Arab League Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi warned Friday that if a negotiated political settlement is not found for Syria, it could become a 'failed state' with all the repercussions that entails.
  • M23 Rebels Withdraws From Eastern DRC Town VOA 30 Nov 2012 -- The M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo appear to be withdrawing from territory they seized last week around the city of Goma. The rebels say they are pulling back to make way for political negotiations in accordance with a deal struck with the Congolese government.
  • Goma Airport Still Closed VOA 30 Nov 2012 -- Aid agencies are calling for a key airport in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo to be reopened as soon as possible. The airport at Goma was shut down by fighting two weeks ago but a United Nations official suggests it could now be reopened if the security arrangements are kept simple.
  • DRC: Humanitarian Barbara Shenstone on the cost of the Goma crisis IRIN 30 Nov 2012 -- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) estimates that 140,000 people have been forced to flee battles taking place in and around the eastern city of Goma since November 15.
  • Britain Withholds Aid to Rwanda VOA 30 Nov 2012 -- Britain said Friday it will withhold around $30 million of aid to Rwanda because of concerns that the country is supporting rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • China needs to exercise self-restraint: minister CNA 30 Nov 2012 -- The South China Sea is the Republic of China's inherent territorial waters and the country's ships and fishermen will continue to navigate and operate in the region, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin said Friday.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Government returns to the north IRIN 30 Nov 2012 -- After almost a decade of rebel rule, northern Côte d'Ivoire is coming to terms with a new authority as the government of President Alassane Ouattara, who assumed power some 18 months ago, establishes its presence in a region which effectively split from the rest of the country.

News Reports

  • UN human rights chief calls on Egypt's president to roll back powers of recent decree UN News Centre 30 Nov 2012 -- The top United Nations human rights official today called on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to reconsider a Constitutional Declaration he issued last week, saying parts of the measure conflict with international human rights law.
  • Egypt Finalizes New Draft Constitution RIA Novosti 30 Nov 2012 -- Egypt's Islamist-led constitutional commission voted to approve the country's draft constitution on Friday following an almost 19-hour long debate on the nation's new political framework.
  • Egyptians Protest After Panel Backs Constitution VOA 30 Nov 2012 -- Egyptians protested in Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday for an eighth straight day of demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsi, as an Islamist-dominated panel approved Egypt's new draft constitution that must now be voted on in a nationwide referendum.
  • Iran Says Attack Cannot Stop Uranium Enrichment RFE/RL 30 Nov 2012 -- Iran says a military attack will not stop it from enriching uranium.
  • Iranian IAEA envoy responds to 50 crucial nuclear questions IRNA 30 Nov 2012 -- Iranian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh in a rare move responded to a total of 50 questions surrounding Iran's nuclear program.
  • Over 3.5 million people in drought-hit areas of Africa to receive food relief from UN UN News Centre 30 Nov 2012 -- The United Nations food relief agency today announced it is scaling up its efforts to assist more than 3.5 million people in drought-hit areas of southern Africa, particularly in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Lesotho, who are now facing the start of the hunger season.
  • Rumblings In The Republics: New Russian Nationalities Policy Sparks Outcry RFE/RL 30 Nov 2012 -- it seems to have been prepared very quickly, although when they are explaining the policies toward Russians, it becomes very accurate,' Mukhametdinov says.
  • Astronauts Criticize US Space Program VOA 30 Nov 2012 -- NASA Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt explored the surface of the moon during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, the last time anyone has left earth's orbit or set foot on the moon. During a 40th anniversary celebration of Apollo 17 in Chicago, the astronauts said they had expected their mission would start a path toward space travel, not become a history lesson.

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