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(WORLD NEWS) READ: Taiwan drops annual U.N. bid as China relations warm…

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beetlebabee.files.wordpress.com__unitednations1Source: Reuters

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan will drop for the first time in 17 years its annual bid to join the United Nations as island President Ma Ying-jeou seeks peace with long-time rival and U.N. heavyweight China, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

Taiwan, recognized by only 23 countries, failed in its previous 16 consecutive U.N. membership bids due to objections from China, which has claimed the self-ruled island as its territory since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

China, a U.N. Security Council member, opposes Taiwan’s participation in any international body that requires statehood as a condition for membership.

“We’re not making a proposal this year,” said Taiwan foreign ministry spokesman James Chang. “That decision is based on our taking a look at the overall situation.”

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE5830QM2…

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September 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm

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(FOREIGN POLITICS) READ: Gadhafi to Urge UN to Abolish Switzerland…

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Gadhafi Libya Leader(Newser Summary) – Moammar Gadhafi plans to urge the United Nations to wipe Switzerland off the map when he visits New York later this month, the New York Daily News reports. The Libyan leader—as part of a vendetta against the Alpine nation that began when his son Hannibal was busted for beating up his servants in a Geneva hotel—will ask the UN to abolish the country and divide its land up between Italy, France, and Germany, Swiss lawmakers say.

 

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Source: New York Daily News

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September 4, 2009 at 9:30 am

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READ: Iran lets in UN inspectors ahead of nuclear report…

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nukeSource: Guardian.co.uk

Iran has made significant concessions to UN nuclear inspectors days before a highly critical report on the country’s nuclear programme is due to be published, diplomats said today.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited Iran’s nearly complete heavy water reactor near the central town of Arak last week, after having been barred from the site for a year. Western officials say the reactor could be used to make plutonium, but Tehran maintains it is for research and the production of medically useful isotopes.

IAEA inspectors became alarmed when they were no longer allowed access to the site last year and a roof was constructed over the reactor so they were no longer able to keep track of its progress from satellite photographs.

Diplomats also told the Guardian tonight that the Iranian government had made concessions over IAEA monitoring at Iran’s highly controversial uranium enrichment plant at Natanz.

The UN security council has demanded that Iran suspend uranium enrichment at Natanz until it can prove it is for the peaceful purposes Tehran claims. The Iranian government has refused to comply, defying several waves of financial sanctions. Read More

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August 20, 2009 at 8:49 pm

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