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Newsline: Palestinian diplomat praises protesters ‘who defend Jerusalem’

Palestinian protests against President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew praise from a top diplomat at the United Nations. “From this podium, I would like to commend our great Palestinian people who defend Jerusalem today in its neighborhoods, streets and places of worship,” Palestinian diplomat Riyad Mansour told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. Palestinian protests against President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew praise from a top diplomat at the United Nations. “From this podium, I would like to commend our great Palestinian people who defend Jerusalem today in its neighborhoods, streets and places of worship,” Palestinian diplomat Riyad Mansour told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/palestinian-diplomat-praises-protesters-who-defend-jerusalem/article/2642981

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Newsline: Venezuela’s UN ambassador resigns

Venezuela’s Ambassador to the United Nations is resigning after a rare and bitter feud with President Nicolas Maduro’s inner circle. Rafael Ramirez said on social media that he had tendered his resignation at the request of Maduro for publicly expressing his opinions on economic issues. In a four-page letter posted on Twitter, the former oil czar said he was heartbroken to be abandoning his position after more than a decade of service to the socialist revolution started by the late President Hugo Chavez. He said he would remain loyal to Chavez’s ideals and gave no indication about his next moves.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/12/05/venezuelas-un-ambassador-resigns-on-orders-from-maduro.html

Newsline: At UN, Ambassador Haley warns against war in which North Korean regime ‘will be utterly destroyed’

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations warned Wednesday that the North Korean regime “will be utterly destroyed” if a war breaks out, a day after that country launched an intercontinental ballistic missile in a new provocative test. “We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it,” ambassador Nikki Haley said at an emergency UN Security Council meeting. “If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday.” “And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed,” Haley said. “The nations of the world have it within their power to further isolate, diminish and, God willing, reverse the dangerous course of the North Korean regime.” North Korea on Tuesday fired what appeared to be a new type of ICBM. North Korean state television claimed was a nuclear-capable missile that was “significantly more” powerful than missiles in previous tests, the Associated Press reported.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/un-ambassador-haley-warns-against-war-which-north-korea-will-n825131

Newsline: US ambassador to UN evacuated from volatile South Sudan camp

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was evacuated from a U.N. camp for displaced people in South Sudan because of a demonstration against President Salva Kiir, witnesses said. Shortly after Haley left the camp, U.N. security guards fired tear gas to disperse the crowd of more than 100 residents who looted and destroyed the office of a charity operating there, an aid worker at the camp said. The aid worker spoke on condition of anonymity out of safety fears. Haley, in the middle of a three-country African visit, met earlier Wednesday with Kiir over the country’s long civil war. Speaking later to U.N. station Radio Miraya, Haley said she warned Kiir that the U.S. no longer trusted South Sudan’s government and was no longer prepared to wait for change. She did not give details. The United Nations confirmed the incident with Haley, saying camp residents “became upset that she was not able to meet with them, due to time constraint.” The U.S. Embassy did not comment on Haley’s evacuation.

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-nikki-haley-sudan-evacuation-20171025-story.html

Newsline: WHO boss ‘rethinking’ Mugabe goodwill ambassador post

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said he is “rethinking” his decision to name Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador in the face of growing criticism over the move. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the UN health agency, had this week asked Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old leader to serve in the role to help tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart attacks, strokes and asthma across Africa. The decision triggered confusion and anger among key WHO member states and opposition figures in Zimbabwe who noted that the country’s healthcare system, like many of its public services, has been rife with problems under Mugabe’s decades-long leadership. “I’m listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible”, Tedros, a former Ethiopian health minister, said on Twitter.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/boss-rethinking-mugabe-goodwill-ambassador-post-171021210936407.html

Newsline: UN lambasted after naming Robert Mugabe goodwill ambassador

The United Nations faced criticism on Friday after naming Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a “goodwill ambassador” to promote health causes, despite the country’s dire health crisis under his rule. The UN World Health Organization asked Mugabe to serve in the role to help tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart attacks, strokes and asthma across Africa. Mugabe, 93, was in Uruguay for the announcement by WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said he was “honoured to announce that President Mugabe has agreed to serve as a goodwill ambassador on NCDs for Africa.” Tedros hailed Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all”. Zimbabwe’s healthcare system, like many of its public services, has collapsed under Mugabe’s authoritarian regime, with most hospitals out of stock of essential medicines and supplies, and nurses and doctors regularly left unpaid. The appointment angered international rights campaigners and opposition parties, who also accuse Mugabe of violent repression, election rigging and presiding over the country’s economic ruin.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/21/un-lambasted-after-naming-mugabe-goodwill-ambassador

Newsline: North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warns nuclear war ‘may break out any moment’

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warned that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.” Kim In Ryong told the UN General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s – and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defence. He pointed to large-scale military exercises every year using “nuclear assets” and said what is more dangerous is what he called a U.S. plan to stage a “secret operation aimed at the removal of our supreme leadership.” This year, Kim said, North Korea completed its “state nuclear force and thus became the full-fledged nuclear power which possesses the delivery means of various ranges, including the atomic bomb, H-bomb and intercontinental ballistic rockets.”

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/nuclear-war-may-break-out-any-moment-north-koreas-deputy-un-ambassador-warns/