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Russia 'blocks House of Cards filming at UN building'

Russia has refused to allow popular political drama House of Cards to film in the UN Security Council.

Russian officials argued that the premises in New York were "not an appropriate place" for filming in case the council needed to convene for unanticipated crises, Foreign Policy reported.

Kevin Spacey stars as Frank Underwood in the popular Netflix series. Credit: Reuters

British diplomats said the production would help raise awareness of the council and its work, a view that was shared by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

China also expressed doubts over the filming but hinted that it would reconsider if council members were allowed to read the script.

House of Cards has proved incredibly popular with viewers of Netflix, with Kevin Spacey starring as the ruthless Frank Underwood.

Boko Haram blacklisted by UN Security Council

The UN Security Council has announced that it has blacklisted the Islamist militant group Boko Haram after they kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria.

The sanctions imposed on the group include a travel ban, arms embargo and the freezing of all international assets.

Nigeria has been reluctant until recently to seek international help to combat Boko Haram.

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UN Security Council to hold closed meeting on Ukraine

The Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the UN wrote on Twitter:

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UN Security Council will hold closed consultations on #Ukraine tomorrow at 2.30pm to hear update from Deputy SG Jan Eliasson (by VTC)

The message was re-tweeted by other UN Security Council members including the UK.

US ambassador: 'No more broken promises' on Syria aid

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said adopting a resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria "is the easy part" and called for "no more broken promises, delays or false concessions".

She wrote on Twitter:

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After 3 yrs & 130K+ Syrians killed, w/ 6.8M needing aid; after barrel bombs, torture, starvation & arbitrary detentions, UNSC finally spoke.

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Today’s unanimous #UNSC importantly demands that barrel bombing & forced starvation end & commits to acting in the face of non-compliance.

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Adopting this resolution is the easy part. Now must remain focused on implementation. No more broken promises, delays or false concessions.

UN Security Council votes to boost Syria aid access

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria

A man walks along a damaged street in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, earlier this week.
A man walks along a damaged street in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, earlier this week. Credit: REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Russia and China, who previously vetoed three resolutions condemning Syria's government and threatening it with possible, both voted in favor of the resolution.

Read: UN Security Council approves resolution to boost Syria aid access

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Syria envoy says military action requires UNSC backing

The UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has said international law is clear that a collective UN Security Council decision is needed for military action to be carried out.

Speaking in Geneva, Mr Brahimi also said evidence suggests some chemical "substance" was used near Damascus, claiming the lives of hundreds.

His comments came as the German foreign minister urged all members of the council, especially Russia, to back Britain's draft resolution on Syria.

Read: Cameron outlines 'necessary measures' against Assad regime

UK to put Syria resolution draft to UN Security Council

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced the UK will present a drafted Syria resolution, condemning the Assad regime for a chemical attack and authorising "necessary measures" to protect civilians", to the UN Security Council later today in New York.

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1/3 We've always said we want the UN Security Council to live up to its responsibilities on Syria. Today they have an opportunity to do that

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2/2 Britain has drafted a resolution condemning the chemical weapons attack by Assad & authorising necessary measures to protect civilians.

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3/3 The resolution will be put forward at a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council later today in New York.

UN Security Council unites to condemn Syria violence

A Palestinian woman who fled the violence in Syria joined a sit-in last month demanding better living conditions for refugees. Credit: REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

The UN Security Council has ended two years of division on the issue of Syria to issue an agreed condemnation of human rights violations by Syrian government forces and rebels and demand an end to the civil war.

"The escalating violence is completely unacceptable and must end immediately," the council said in a non-binding statement, which it referred to as "Press Elements on Syria."

After a discussion on the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria, the 15-nation council also "condemned the widespread violations of human rights by the Syrian authorities, as well as any human rights abuses by armed groups."

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