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UN Demands Iran Suspend Nuclear Activities

Washington Post: "The U.N. Security Council Monday adopted a resolution demanding that Iran suspend its nuclear activities by the end of August or face possible sanctions. The resolution, approved by a vote of 14-1, with Qatar opposing, is the first on Iran to set out legally binding demands and a threat to consider sanctions. The United States and its allies suspect Iran is developing nuclear bombs and accuse it of concealing research over 18 years."
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UN Panel Takes U.S. to Task Over Katrina

"The United States must better protect poor people and African-Americans in natural disasters to avoid problems like those after Hurricane Katrina, a U.N. human rights panel said Friday.
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UN Council Shocked, Distressed by Qana Attack

"The U.N. Security Council expressed "extreme shock and distress" on Sunday at Israel's attack on the southern Lebanese village of Qana in which more than 60 people were killed. The statement adopted unanimously by the 15-nation council "strongly deplores this loss of innocent lives" in Qana but did not call for an immediate truce, as requested by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan but opposed by the United States." [More]
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UN Deaths ‘Threaten Peacekeeping’

BBC News: "The UN has warned the deaths of four of its personnel in southern Lebanon may deter countries from contributing to a future peacekeeping force in the area. UN deputy chief Mark Malloch-Brown said they accepted Israel's apology for the losses to Israeli fire, but still had "serious concerns" about what happened."
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Washington Post: Democrats Criticize Bolton as Ineffective

"Senate Democrats unleashed a sharp volley of criticism of President Bush's foreign policy yesterday, arguing that John R. Bolton has done more harm than good as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and does not deserve an extended term. If Bolton's style were less divisive, they said, he might have achieved more reforms at the United Nations and tougher sanctions against Hezbollah and North Korea." [Full story] Bloggers weigh in: FDL Washington Note Think Progress