Saudi Arabia refused to accept the membership of the United Nations Security Council it won yesterday, citing issues including Syria’s civil war that it said show the world body is incapable of resolving conflicts.
South Korea and Australia were elected to two-year terms on the United Nations Security Council, strengthening the hand of the U.S. with two Pacific allies as it faces tensions with China and North Korea.
The slaughter of children and women in the Syrian town of Houla, reminiscent of past massacres that provoked the United Nations to step in, has failed to budge Russia into stepping away from its only Mideast ally.
The U.S. and the European Union plan to mount a rare diplomatic assault on Russia today at the United Nations, seeking to overcome an impasse on a Security Council resolution calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to go.
The United Nations-brokered cease- fire in Syria is being tested by nationwide protests against President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers, with reports of attacks on demonstrators in several regions.