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  • 2 March 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 Mar 2015
  • Death toll in eastern Ukraine crosses 6,000, Zeid says, as UN releases new report UNOHCHR 02 Mar 2015 -- The estimated number of people killed in eastern Ukraine since April 2014 has now passed the 6,000* mark, in spite of successive ceasefires, the UN Human Rights Office announced Monday, saying the escalation in fighting in recent weeks, particularly near Donetsk airport and in the Debaltseve area, resulted in hundreds of deaths, both civilian and military, and an untenable situation for those trapped or held hostage in the areas controlled by armed groups.
  • UN: Deaths Top 6,000 in E. Ukraine Conflict VOA 02 Mar 2015 -- The United Nations says the number of people killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting broke out in April now tops 6,000. A new report by the U.N. Human Rights Office says fighting between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government and the ensuing death toll continue to escalate in spite of successive cease-fires.
  • Death Toll in Donbas Has Surpassed 6,000 - UN Sputnik 02 Mar 2015 -- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the conflict in Donbas has claimed more than 6,000 lives, commenting on a recent UN report.
  • Ukraine death toll hits 6,000 amid ongoing fighting – UN UN News Centre 02 Mar 2015 -- The estimated death toll caused by the continuing fighting in Ukraine has now surpassed the 6,000 mark, the United Nations human rights office confirmed today, amid broader warnings that the country stands on the brink of a "new and very deadly chapter" in its conflict.
  • Kerry Deplores Rights Situation in E. Ukraine VOA 02 Mar 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the United Nations to investigate abuses in Russia-annexed Crimea, as well as in rebel-held parts of eastern Ukraine, where thousands of people have been killed in nearly a year of violence.
  • Heavy weapons fully pulled back from Ukraine's Lugansk Iran Press TV 02 Mar 2015 -- Authorities in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) say they have completed the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the frontline in eastern Ukraine in compliance with the Minsk peace deal.
  • Kerry Warns Russia's Lavrov On Ukraine Cease-Fire RFE/RL 02 Mar 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia will inevitably face further economic sanctions if agreements on a cease-fire deal and steps toward peace in eastern Ukraine are not implemented.
  • The problem with Iraq's offensive against the Islamic State IRIN 02 Mar 2015 -- As the Iraqi army and affiliated militias sweep into northern Iraq to try to re-take the city of Tikrit from so-called Islamic State (IS), the local civilians are fearful they may be punished for the crimes of the Islamist militants.
  • Tikrit Offensive: Where is the US? VOA 02 Mar 2015 -- The Iraqi operation to take back Tikrit from Islamic State militants is the largest-scale offensive Baghdad has launched against the group. Reports from the region say about 30,000 of Iraq's military members and militia fighters are participating.
  • Iraqi Army liberates areas in Tikrit, intense fighting continues IRNA 02 Mar 2015 -- Iraqi Army troops have liberated several areas in western and northern parts of the Iraqi city of Tikrit and it continues the fight to recapture the whole region.
  • Iraqi Prime Minister Gives IS In Tikrit 'Last Chance' RFE/RL 02 Mar 2015 -- Iraq's prime minister has offered Sunni tribal fighters in Tikrit a 'last chance' to abandon the Islamic State militant group.
  • Iraq Launches Tikrit Operation Against Islamic State Militants RFE/RL 02 Mar 2015 -- Iraqi government forces have launched an operation to recapture the city of Tikrit and other areas north of Baghdad from the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
  • Iraqi Forces Attempt to Recapture Tikrit VOA 02 Mar 2015 -- Iraqi troops and militia fighters attacked Islamic State militants in a key area north of Baghdad Monday, the first full day of a highly publicized offensive to recapture the city of Tikrit.
  • US-backed militant group dissolves self in Syria Iran Press TV 02 Mar 2015 -- A major Washington-backed militant group operating in Syria has dissolved itself shortly after the United States and Turkey launched a program aimed at training militants to fight Damascus and ISIL militants operating in the country.
  • US, Turkey Differ on Aims of Training Syrian Rebels VOA 02 Mar 2015 -- Turkey agreed in mid-February to join the United States in a train-and-equip program for Syrian rebel fighters, but Ankara and Washington have not ironed out their differences over the aims of the program.
  • Middle East: UN envoy says resolution of Gaza crisis key to achieving regional peace UN News Centre 02 Mar 2015 -- Peace in the Middle East hinges on resolving the ongoing crisis in Gaza, where reconstruction efforts are faltering and the blockade continues, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process, Robert Serry, said today during his final visit to the war-ravaged enclave.
  • South Sudan President in Addis for 'Last-Chance' Peace Talks VOA 02 Mar 2015 -- South Sudanese President Salva Kiir arrived in the Ethiopian capital Monday for talks with rebel leader Riek Machar, just days before a deadline for the two men to reach a final peace deal for their country.
  • UN mission welcomes steps taken towards draft agreement on peace, reconciliation in Mali UN News Centre 02 Mar 2015 -- The United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) congratulated the parties involved in reaching a draft agreement on peace and reconciliation, which was initialled in Algiers on Sunday, according to the UN Secretary-General's spokesperson today in New York.
  • With Visit to Aden, US Envoy Supports Yemen's Hadi VOA 02 Mar 2015 -- The United States threw its support behind Yemen's Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Monday, with an American envoy referring to the contested president as the country's 'legitimate' leader.
  • ICC Uganda visit prompts fresh calls for state 'crimes' probe IRIN 02 Mar 2015 -- The International Criminal Court Prosecutor's visit to Uganda has prompted fresh calls for the tribunal to investigate atrocities allegedly committed by government forces fighting the Lord's Resistance Army insurgency in the north of the country.

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