Friday, December 21, 2012

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South Sudan's army on Friday shot down a U.N. helicopter killing all four crew on board, a United Nations spokesman said.


Russia said earlier this year that it would withdraw helicopters and personnel servicing the UN mission in South Sudan after voicing alarm at attacks on UN helicopters there.


Israel’s U.N. envoy urged the Security Council on Thursday to condemn what he described as significant rearming by Hezbollah, saying the Lebanese militant group now possessed an arsenal of tens of thousands of missiles capable of hitting Israel.

"In flagrant breach of (Security Council) resolution 1701, Hezbollah has built its arsenal to unprecedented levels, amassing 50,000 deadly missiles in Lebanon - more missiles than many NATO members have in their possession," he said. "These missiles can reach all of Israel and well beyond."

Israel has long complained that the U.N. arms embargo on Lebanon has been unsuccessful.


Sunni leaders warned they might withdraw from government and called for a vote of no confidence in Maliki, whom they accuse of abusing his power to sideline election rivals.

Politicians and the authorities gave conflicting accounts of the incident, but it evoked an episode a year ago when Iraq moved to arrest Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, accusing him of running death squads just as U.S. troops left.

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