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Fight for control of Kobane, Syria intensifies with 14 successful U.S airstrikes against IS militants

Fight for control of Kobane, Syria intensifies with 14 successful U.S airstrikes against IS militants

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) --The U.S. military launched 14 airstrikes Thursday against Islamic State militants seeking control of the Kurdish border town of Kobane in Syria.
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U.N. appeals to Turkey to do more to stop Islamic State advance on Kobane

U.N. appeals to Turkey to do more to stop Islamic State advance on Kobane

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 10 (UPI) --U.N. Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura warned Friday the situation in Kobane, Syria requires international intervention to stop the Islamic State siege.
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U.N. envoy to Syria expected to meet with Bashar al-Assad, push truce between regime and rebels

U.N. envoy to Syria expected to meet with Bashar al-Assad, push truce between regime and rebels

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) --The United Nations' newly appointed envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, arrived in Damascus Tuesday for consultations with Syrian officials.
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U.N. appoints new international mediator for Syria peace talks

U.N. appoints new international mediator for Syria peace talks

NEW YORK, July 10 (UPI) --United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Thursday the appointment of Staffan de Mistura as the new mediator for the Syria peace talks.
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Italian premier, foreign minister meet over marines in India

NEW DELHI, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Italian Premier Enrico Letta and Foreign Minister Emma Bonino met Friday two discuss two Italian marines who may face the death penalty in India.

India and Italy clash over marines' trial

NEW DELHI, May 21 (UPI) -- India and Italy remain in diplomatic deadlock after two Italian marine naval guards were charged with murdering two Indian fishermen off the Kerala state coast.

Women assured of Iraqi posts

BAGHDAD, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Iraqi election officials have ensured that female candidates will receive appropriate representation at the provincial level, the U.N. envoy to Iraq said.

Iraqi officials highlight novel elections

BAGHDAD, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Voters in the Iraqi provincial elections will be assigned polling stations for the first time in an effort to eliminate fraud, election officials said Tuesday.

Envoy hails Iraqi human rights commission

BAGHDAD, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The U.N. special envoy to Iraq welcomed a decision by the Iraqi Parliament to adopt a constitutionally mandated independent commission for human rights.

Iraq U.N. leader meets Iranian officials

TEHRAN, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The United Nations' top official in Iraq met Wednesday in Tehran with Saeed Jalili, Iran's secretary of the Supreme National Security Council.

Iran calls for more regional U.N. action

TEHRAN, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Iran supports the work of the United Nations toward safeguarding Iraqi sovereignty but calls for a more active role, the Iranian foreign minister said Tuesday.

Kurds upset over U.N. Article 140 report

ERBIL, Iraq, June 12 (UPI) -- Kurdish officials expressed dismay over a U.N. report suggesting various scenarios for the Iraqi government to address internal border disputes.

UNAMI reports on Iraqi border disputes

BAGHDAD, June 5 (UPI) -- The U.N. mission in Iraq Thursday presented an analysis to the Iraqi government concerning possible resolutions to internal border disputes.

Iraq asks nations to forgive foreign debt

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 29 (UPI) -- Iraq asked its creditors Thursday to cancel $62.5 billion in foreign debt while it rebuilds in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein's reign and a prolonged war.

New Iraqi Cabinet taking shape

BAGHDAD, May 21 (UPI) -- A lawmaker in the Shiite coalition of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday the Iraqi Parliament expected to vet candidates for Cabinet seats next week.
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Staffan de Mistura (born 25 January 1947, Stockholm, Sweden) is a long-serving Italian-Swedish diplomat. After a 36 year career in various UN agencies, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon appointed him as his Special Representative (SRSG) for Iraq on 11 September 2007. He was the successor of SRSG Ashraf Qazi and assumed his responsibilities in the Mission Area on 5 November and in Baghdad on 11 November 2007. In July 2009 de Mistura became the Deputy Executive Director for External Relations of the World Food Programme in Rome. On March 1, 2010 de Mistura assumed the post of the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) in Afghanistan.

De Mistura’s previous UN posts have included that of Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for Southern Lebanon, and Director of the UN Information Center in Rome. His work has taken him to many of the World's most volatile trouble-spots including Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and the former Yugoslavia.

De Mistura was born in 1947, the son of a Swedish mother and an Italian father.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Staffan de Mistura."
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