Financing for Development & other topics – Daily Briefing (01 July 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Financing for Development – Libya – Yemen – Syria – Central African Republic – South Sudan – Kazakhstan – Brazil – UNHCR – UNESCO – Gabon – Briefings FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT  This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the first of a series of virtual … Read more Financing for Development & other topics – Daily Briefing (01 July 2020)

Italian police seize £900m of ‘Isis drug’ fenethylline en route from Syria

Police in Italy have seized more than 84m fenethylline tablets, weighing 14 tonnes, at the port of Salerno, in what they say is the biggest seizure of amphetamines in the world. Fenethylline is known by some as the ‘Isis drug’ after investigations found it was used by Islamic State fighters during battles and sold by … Read more Italian police seize £900m of ‘Isis drug’ fenethylline en route from Syria

Italian police seize record haul of amphetamine drugs worth €1bn

Italian police have seized some 14 tonnes of amphetamine Captagon pills from Syria worth around €1 billion Euros in what they described as one of the world’s largest single hauls of the drug. Investigators said they have impounded three containers full of paper cylinders for industrial use at the southern Italian port of Salerno, with … Read more Italian police seize record haul of amphetamine drugs worth €1bn

LIVE: EU conference on supporting the future of Syria

EU conference on supporting the future of Syria. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance and breaking news video from around the globe. Our reputation for accuracy and impartiality is unparalleled. Get the latest news on: http://reuters.com/ Follow Reuters on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Reuters Follow Reuters on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Reuters Follow Reuters on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reuters/?hl=en

Pompeo Urges UN Security Council to Extend Iran Arms Embargo

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo urged the United Nations Security Council to work together to extend an expiring arms embargo on Iran, warning Tehran would quickly become a greater threat to the region if allowed to do so. “This Chamber has a choice: Stand for international peace and security, as the United Nations’ founders … Read more Pompeo Urges UN Security Council to Extend Iran Arms Embargo

‘Pause’: Misinformation Campaign & other topics – Daily Briefing (29 June 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Pause/Misinformation Campaign – Financing For Development – Yemen – Syria – Secretary-General/Global Goal – COVID-19/ Peacekeeping – COVID-19/ Timor-Leste – COVID-19/World Food Programme PAUSE/MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN On 30 June, the UN will launch a new initiative to help stop the spread of COVID-19 misinformation online. … Read more ‘Pause’: Misinformation Campaign & other topics – Daily Briefing (29 June 2020)

Syria: ‘Levels of assistance delivered across border are far from sufficient’ – Humanitarian Chief

Briefing by Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on the situation in the Middle East (Syria-Humanitarian briefing) during the Security Council Open VTC. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Security Council failure to extend the cross-border authorization into Syria “would sever the UN operation currently underway” in the country’s … Read more Syria: ‘Levels of assistance delivered across border are far from sufficient’ – Humanitarian Chief

Syria’s war: Families of detainees wait for closure

It has been a week since the US imposed its toughest sanctions yet on Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and his allies. Central to those sanctions was evidence that Syrian prisoners have been tortured. But activists say the US action falls short of delivering justice. Al Jazeera’s Priyanka Gupta reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe … Read more Syria’s war: Families of detainees wait for closure

French jihadist goes on trial over IS group executions in Syria

Prominent French jihadist Tyler Vilus went on trial Thursday on terror charges amid accusations that he oversaw executions in Syria as a senior figure in the Islamic State group. FRANCE 24 spoke to sociologist Farhad Khosrokhavar about the significance of the Paris trial. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all … Read more French jihadist goes on trial over IS group executions in Syria

Former Louvre curator arrested for smuggling antiquities

A former curator of the world-famous Louvre is among five art experts arrested as part of a probe into looted Middle Eastern antiquities. The gang is suspected of smuggling hundreds of art and heritage objects worth tens of millions of euros from countries mired in war including Syria and Yemen. Subscribe to France 24 now: … Read more Former Louvre curator arrested for smuggling antiquities

Trial of first French jihadi accused of crimes in Syria begins

France has commenced its trial of the former Islamic State group fighter Tyler Vilus for crimes committed in Syria, where he settled in 2013. As FRANCE 24 senior reporter Catherine Norris-Trent explains, the French citizen rose through the ranks to become influential among the foreign jihadi community. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 … Read more Trial of first French jihadi accused of crimes in Syria begins

Turkish lira becomes the currency of choice in northern Syria

Syrians living in the opposition-held northwest Idlib province are switching currencies because the value of their pound is plummeting. Many are now spending with Turkish lira as Syria’s economy continues to be hit by setbacks. Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu reports from Istanbul. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – … Read more Turkish lira becomes the currency of choice in northern Syria

Impact of COVID-19 on AIDS & other topics – Daily Briefing (22 June 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Mali statement – Malawi statement on elections – Afghanistan – COVID-19/AIDS – COVID-19/Tourism – Senior appointment – Syria – Nigeria/COVID-19 – Somalia talks Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=22%20June%202020

France brings home 10 jihadists’ children from Syrian camp

The French government said Monday it had repatriated 10 French children of suspected jihadist fighters from a refugee camp in Syria overnight. Thousands of children of foreign-born fighters have been living in camps in north-eastern Syria since the Islamic State group was ousted in March 2019. A total of 28 children have now been repatriated … Read more France brings home 10 jihadists’ children from Syrian camp