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Diplomats: Security Council to Hear Briefing on Lebanon Protests

The U.N. Security Council is expected to hold an emergency session on Wednesday to discuss anti-government protests that have rattled Lebanon in the past two weeks, diplomats said.

One of the diplomats told An Nahar newspaper that the Council will hear a briefing from U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag via video conference on the latest developments in the country, mainly the protests against the political class.

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U.N. Urges Israel to Ease Travel for Palestinians

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Wednesday to ease restrictions on travel for Palestinians between the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank for Ramadan prayers.

Israel has eased restrictions on Palestinians seeking to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third-holiest site, for Ramadan.

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U.N. Tells Donors to Make Good on Gaza Pledges

The failure by world donors to deliver billions of dollars of aid to rebuild Gaza is jeopardizing efforts to avoid a new flareup in the Palestinian territory, a senior U.N. official warned Wednesday.

U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council that donors who had promised $5.4 billion to the Palestinians at the Cairo conference four months ago "have yet to fulfill the vast majority of their pledges."

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U.N.: Attack on Ukraine's Mariupol Targeted Civilians

A rocket attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol that killed 30 people at the weekend deliberately targeted civilians and the perpetrators must be brought to justice, a senior U.N. official said Monday.

U.N. Under Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman told an emergency Security Council meeting that a crater analysis by European monitors showed the rockets were fired from territory controlled by pro-Moscow rebels.

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U.N. Says Nepal Risks Return to Conflict without Constitution

Nepal risks a return to "confrontation and conflict" if its leaders fail to agree on a post-war constitution due next week, a senior U.N. official said Wednesday.

The Himalayan nation has endured prolonged political limbo since the end of a decade-long civil war in 2006 as parties have struggled to complete a draft constitution expected to cement the peace process.

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Feltman Urges Syria Not to Impede Lebanese Presidential Elections

U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman urged the Syrian regime to facilitate the Lebanese presidential elections, An Nahar newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to the daily, Feltman called on Damascus during a meeting with the Syrian president's media adviser Bouthaina Shaaban not to obstruct the presidential poll.

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Feltman Expresses Fear over Presidential Impasse, Rules Out Prolonged Vacuum

U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman expressed concern over the ongoing presidential deadlock in Lebanon, ruling out that the country would witness a prolonged vacuum similar to 2008.

“The continuation of constitutional institutions (in Lebanon) is a key issue in maintaining stability, security and unity in Lebanon,” Feltman told An Nahar newspaper.

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U.N. Urges Respect for Lebanon Sovereignty as Major Power Diplomats Call for Controlling Security Situation

U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has urged Syrian authorities to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty, expressing concern over the impact of the fighting in Syria on Lebanon.

Feltman briefed the Security Council on Tuesday on the latest suicide bombings which the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for.

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Feltman Dubs Hizbullah 'Soldiers of Fortune,' Accuses it of Causing Sectarian Tensions

Jeffrey Feltman, U.N. under secretary general for political affairs, has described Hizbullah members fighting in Syria as “soldiers of fortune,” saying they have contributed to the rising sectarian tensions linked to Syria's war.

“Hizbullah’s role inside Syria, which is a violation of their own national government’s policy of disassociation, has been part of the fuel of the rising sectarian tensions that characterize this conflict,” Feltman told pan-Arab daily al-Hayat in an interview published on Friday.

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Iran Warns U.N. Official Syria Attack to Imperil Region

Iran has warned a visiting top U.N official of "serious consequences" for the region in case of international military action in Syria, foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said Tuesday.

The message was conveyed by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting on Monday with U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman, who is in Tehran for talks that included Syria, Araqchi told reporters.

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