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July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
United Nations (CNSNews.com) - As the United States withdrew from the United Nations Racism Conference in South Africa, the Bush administration was gearing up for another battle at the UN Children's Summit in New York, September 19-21.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
United Nations (CNSNews.com) - Documents provided by United Nations inspectors in charge of monitoring Iraqi weapons reveal that Iraq considered aerially "spraying" chemical-biological agents on coalition troops during Operation Desert Storm.Currently, the FBI is investigating whether terrorists considered such tactics before using hijacked airliners to attack New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11.In Iraq's case, it appears that technical difficulties and the fear of a massive US military response forced Baghdad to shelve the strategy.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
New York (CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration successfully headed off major criticism of its war in Afghanistan, but the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a main topic of discussion at the opening session of the 2001 United Nations General Assembly on Saturday.The assembly, delayed for almost two months by the September 11 attacks, was seen as a potential minefield for the United States by UN diplomats.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
New York (CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration says the attacks now underway in Afghanistan could spread to other nations should the evidence warrant such actions.In a letter to the United Nations Security Council, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Negroponte, told council president Richard Ryan of Ireland that the investigation into the September 11 attacks is "still in its early stages." Negroponte added, "We may find that our self defense requires further actions with respect to other organizations and states."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
New York (CNSNews.com) - The World Trade Center, whose soaring twin towers collapsed after being struck by two hijacked jetliners Tuesday, was host to a wide range of businesses and government offices, including the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Secret Service, records show.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
United Nations (CNSNews.com) - Days after the devastating attacks in Manhattan, New York's diplomatic community is still feeling the fallout.The annual meeting of the United Nation's General Assembly slated to begin September 24, is now in doubt.The UN Children's Summit which was scheduled to begin September 19 was cancelled according to UN spokesman Farhan Haq."With the strain of such a large meeting, we felt we couldn't add that burden on the City of New York," Haq said.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
New York, N.Y. (CNSNews.com) - Several days after New York City saw its worse terrorist attack ever in the destruction of the World Trade Center, it still remains a city exposed to terrorist threats.Grand Central Terminal, the world's largest indoor train terminus, is one such landmark, with roughly 100,000 people passing through its corridors daily and little security.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
New York, N.Y. (CNSNews.com) - As the investigations into last week's World Trade Center attack continue, U.S. intelligence agencies have suffered a setback.Both the Secret Service and the Central Intelligence Agency had major field offices at the World Trade Center complex, which were destroyed in the aftermath of the September 11 attack.The Secret Service office at 7 World Trade was totally demolished when the building collapsed as a result of the implosion of the neighboring twin towers.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
New York (CNSNews.com) - The Washington envoy for the Afghan opposition group known as the Northern Alliance says his forces now will engage in final preparations to push the ruling Taliban government out of the country.In an interview with CNSNews.com , Haron Amin said the Northern Alliance forces will soon begin a final assault on the Taliban."We hope that in a few days time, we should be in a position to mobilize our ground forces to liberate Afghanistan from the grips of the Taliban," Amin said.
July 7, 2008, 8:10 PM EDT
(United Nations) - Only days before the UN Conference on Racism opens in Durban, South Africa, a draft conference statement is hitting a nerve among reluctant attendees.The statement is a 45-page document listing social ills and possible remedies. It has prompted the United States, Israel and several other countries to consider boycotting the conference which begins Friday.Secretary of State Colin Powell announced on Monday he won't attend the conference, but it is not clear whether lower-ranking U.S. officials might participate.
July 7, 2008, 8:10 PM EDT
United Nations (CNSNews.com) - Days after the devastating attacks in Manhattan, New York's diplomatic community is still feeling the fallout.The annual meeting of the United Nation's General Assembly slated to begin September 24, is now in doubt. The UN Children's Summit, which was scheduled to begin September 19, was cancelled, according to UN spokesman Farhan Haq."With the strain of such a large meeting, we felt we couldn't add that burden on the City of New York," Haq said.
July 7, 2008, 8:10 PM EDT
New York, N.Y. (CNSNews.com) - Great Britain has agreed to participate in any military action the U.S. may decide upon as a result of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., accordingto senior Foreign Office sources.British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in New York early Thursday to attend a memorial service for UK citizens killed in the World Trade Center Attack.At the service, Blair briefly met U.N. chief Kofi Annan before heading to more meetings with President Bush at the White House.
July 7, 2008, 8:10 PM EDT
United Nations (CNSNews.com) - The United Nations Security Council lent its tacit support to the US-led anti-terrorism military campaign in closed consultations Monday evening.One British diplomat who attended the meeting said, "I was surprised by the lack of criticism."Russia's UN ambassador Sergey Lavrov told the members that every effort had been given to the Taliban to comply with the US demands and that the US response was "justified."
July 7, 2008, 8:10 PM EDT
(United Nations) - U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan Wednesday said the 189 members of the organization are working to create a comprehensive anti-terrorism convention, one "intended to make the lives of terrorists ... more difficult" than ever. Such a convention would be the 13th in the history of the United Nations. Observing the one-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, Annan spoke from U.N. headquarters to a "town hall" meeting that included 10 U.S. cities hooked up by satellite.
July 7, 2008, 8:10 PM EDT
(United Nations) - When President Bush addresses the United Nations General Assembly for the first time this weekend, his desire for "a strong expression of global solidarity" against terrorism may be met with disappointment. The president will face criticism of his bombing campaign on Taliban-held positions in Afghanistan, especially his determination to keep it going during the holy month of Ramadan.The U.N. meeting, delayed because of the Sept.11 attacks, will make the fight against terrorism a main topic. Just how to combat it is a subject of wide debate.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New York (CNSNews.com) - Eleven years after Iraq invaded and annexed Kuwait, fears of Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein still exist."We think the Iraqis will seize any opportunity to destabilize the region, especially Kuwait," claimed Kuwait's acting UN representative Monsour Al-Otaibi in an interview.The latest effort to disrupt Kuwait, according to Otaibi, involves Iraqi efforts to create an armed insurrection in the small Gulf emirate.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
United Nations (CNSNews.com) - Israel may pullout of an upcoming UN conference on racism to be held in Durban, South Africa later this month."We will have to re-consider our position, and yes we may not attend," stated Israel's Deputy UN Ambassador Aaron Jacob, a sentiment later seconded by US State Department officials.The issue revolves around a conference statement, which would single out "racist" policies of Israel towards Palestinians.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New York (CNSNews.com) - A Palestinian UN observer has delayed any security council meeting on the recent fighting in the Middle East.PA Observer Dr. Nasser al-Kidwa explained that he will meet several regional groups at the UN in the next day to plan a course of action."Of course we will present a resolution to the council members, but we first we must continue to consult with our friends," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
United Nations (CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration has blunted an Arab drive to condemn Israel at the United Nations, at least temporarily.After five days of back door negotiations and two days of public debate in the Security Council by more than 45 nations, the Palestinian drive to condemn Israel has stalled."We still believe the key to ending the fighting [in the Mideast] is bilateral negotiations [between Israel and the Palestinian Authority," explained one U.S. diplomat at the U.N.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
United Nations (CNSNews.com) - The Bush Administration has officially told the U.N. Security Council that it would veto any attempt by the Council to get involved in the current Middle-East conflict, especially if the much talked about resolution condemning Israel for the military tactics used against the Palestinians was brought up for a vote. The U.S. considers that resolution "one-sided."In closed-door consultations Thursday, acting U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham told Council members Washington would block any resolution dealing with the current fighting.