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Security Council passes sanctions against IS backers

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution placing sanctions on six individuals who have financed ISIL.

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BREAKING: @un Security Council just passed resolution sanctioning 6 individuals financing #ISIL's terror.

The individuals will be subject to an international travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.

The resolution also condemns the recruitment of foreign fighters and expresses readiness to blacklist people financing or facilitating travel of foreign fighters.

UN Security Council to vote on Iraq resolution

United Nations headquarters in New York
United Nations headquarters in New York Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Members of the UN Security Council will meet shortly to vote on a possible resolution to stem the flow of finance to Islamist militants operating in Iraq and elsewhere.

A Downing Street spokesperson said the UK-drafted proposal "would disrupt the terrorists’ financing flows and sanction those who are seeking to recruit jihadists to ISIL".

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Foreign Office seeks UN resolution to freeze ISIL assets

The Foreign Office has tweeted that it will be pushing for a resolution to freeze the assets of the Islamist group ISIL when the UN Security Council meets tonight.

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UK as President of @un Security Council has been pushing for a resolution which will condemn #ISIL & freeze assets. #Iraq

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#UNSC resolution will be a major step forward in showing commitment of international community to stamping out #ISIL threat. #Iraq #Syria

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.

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.

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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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