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Vatican urges U.N. Security Council meeting on COVID vaccine access

Vatican urges U.N. Security Council meeting on COVID vaccine access

PHILLIP PULLELLA THE charity arm of the Vatican and Roman Catholic Church has urged the United Nations to hold a Security Council meeting to designate the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines as a global security issue. An appeal by two senior Vatican cardinals and the secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis (CI) said rich nations had a moral obligation to see that vaccines reach the poor, refugees and minorities. "(We) call for a Security Council meeting to address the issue of access to the vaccines as a global security problem with firm political decisions based on multilateralism," the appeal text said. "This…
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CAR declares state of emergency

CAR declares state of emergency

THE Central African Republic has declared a state of emergency to help it crackdown on armed groups, as the United Nations' envoy to CAR called for the deployment of many more peacekeepers in response to a recent surge in attacks. The CAR army, backed by U.N., Russian and Rwandan troops, has been battling rebels that are seeking to overturn a Dec. 27 vote in which President Faustin-Archange Touadera was declared the winner. The state of emergency, which will last 15 days, lets the authorities fast-track arrests by allowing the military to detain suspects without going through a prosecutor, government spokesman…
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U.N. Security Council talks Western Sahara after Trump policy switch

U.N. Security Council talks Western Sahara after Trump policy switch

MICHELLE NICHOLS SENIOR U.N. officials have briefed the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors Western Sahara after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Morocco's sovereignty over the disputed region in return for the kingdom normalizing ties with Israel. Trump's announcement this month was a departure from longstanding U.S. policy on Western Sahara. The United States had supported a 1991 ceasefire between Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front, a movement that seeks to establish Western Sahara as an independent state. The ceasefire is monitored by U.N. peacekeepers. The 15-member Security Council was briefed on Monday by U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Bintou…
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