Russia and China vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution to refer allegations of war crimes in Syria’s civil war to the International Criminal Court, underscoring the UN’s inability to halt atrocities or resolve the three-year conflict.
Ukraine sent armored vehicles and artillery to retake Slovyansk, a separatist stronghold, as President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel set a May 25 trigger for possible economic sanctions against Russia.
The U.S. and the United Nations are preparing to make more peacekeeping troops available for the growing conflict in South Sudan, as President Salva Kiir opened the door to talks with his deposed vice president.
A no-fly zone over Libya can’t be quickly authorized by the United Nations Security Council unless the air forces and strategy for enforcing it are clearly defined, Russia’s ambassador to the world body said.
A top United Nations humanitarian aid official urged the Security Council to break its deadlock over how to ease the suffering in war-ravaged Syria, perpetuated by Russia’s commitment to President Bashar al-Assad.
South Sudan fired its army chief as deepening violence in the world’s newest nation sparked international outrage and dimmed prospects for a pickup in oil production that’s the country’s main source of revenue.