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Newsline: UN chief appoints former British diplomat envoy to Yemen

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed a former British diplomat as special envoy to war-torn Yemen. A U.N. spokesman announced the appointment of Martin Griffiths on Friday, saying he will replace Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. Ahmed had been in the post for three years. His contract expires at the end of the month. Griffiths is the executive director of the European Institute of Peace and has served in multiple U.N. roles.

http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/national/un-chief-appoints-former-british-diplomat-envoy-to-yemen/article_734ef673-63d9-55a9-b313-eb9a6a8acf22.html

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Newsline: Syrian ambassador rebuffs UN envoy’s efforts

Syria’s ambassador to the U.N. says his government will not recognize any constitutional reform body formed outside the framework of a Russian-led peace initiative for his country. Bashar Jaafari’s remarks to the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday appeared to rebuff efforts by U.N. Envoy Staffan De Mistura to facilitate and mediate constitutional reform for Syria, one of the guiding principles of a 2015 Security Council roadmap for peace for Syria. Jaafari’s remarks echoed an earlier statement by Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sousan who said de Mistura had no authority to select delegates to a constitutional committee for Syria. Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sousan said Tuesday that only participants in a Russian-led “Syrian Congress of National Dialogue” convened in Sochi last month could be delegates on a constitutional committee. Several members of the Syrian opposition refused to attend the Sochi conference. De Mistura has said the Sochi congress delivered a mandate to allow him to convene a constitutional committee with members from the broader Syrian opposition.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/latest-syria-chemical-weapons-53078658

Newsline: UN ambassador Nikki Haley says rumors of affair with Trump are ‘disgusting’

One of the few high-ranking women in Donald Trump’s administration has denied rumors of a sexual affair with the president. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of South Carolina, called the speculation “highly offensive” and “disgusting”. The rumor spread online and in Washington after the publication of a book, Fire and Fury, by the journalist Michael Wolff, who said on TV last week he was “absolutely sure” Trump was having an affair. “It is absolutely not true,” Haley said in an interview with Politico, regarding speculation that Wolff was referring to her when describing the US president’s alleged lover. She said Wolff had made a basic factual error in his book, when he wrote that “the president had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One”. “I have literally been on Air Force One once and there were several people in the room when I was there,” Haley said. Haley, 46, who has been married for 20 years and has two children, was the first woman to be elected governor of South Carolina and the second Indian-American governor in US history. She told Politico insinuations she had had an affair with the president fit a pattern of attacks on successful women. Haley, who is also rumored to be a potential future Republican presidential candidate, said at the end of the 2016 presidential race she was “not a fan” of Trump – but voted for him. She told Politico: “[Wolff] says that I’ve been talking a lot with the president in the Oval [Office] about my political future. I’ve never talked once to the president about my future and I am never alone with him.” She also insisted she had not angered Trump when she told CBS in December women who have accused the president of sexual misconduct “should be heard”.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/26/un-ambassador-nikki-haley-says-rumors-of-affair-with-trump-are-disgusting

Newsline: UN Security Council likely to vote on resolution against US’ Jerusalem embassy decision

The United Nations Security Council will vote this week on a draft resolution that says any decision on the status of Jerusalem should have no legal effect, Reuters reported. The text of the resolution was drafted by Egypt and circulated to the 15-member council on Saturday, 10 days after United States President Donald Trump overturned decades of US policy towards the West Asian region and formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump also said the US will move its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. After Trump’s decision, Arab foreign ministers said they would seek a UN Security Council resolution.

https://scroll.in/latest/861765/un-security-council-likely-to-vote-on-resolution-against-us-jerusalem-decision-reuters

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

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