Coronavirus strikes UN headquarters, Guterres tells staff to work from home

U.S. 03/14/20, 07:34

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has asked all staff at its New York headquarters to work from home, a spokesman announced late on Friday, March 13, after a diplomat from the Philippine mission to the U.N. tested positive for the coronavirus. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that all 3,000 staff members ...

Fresh protests, looting erupt in Chile despite new Cabinet

South America 10/29/19, 04:50

Fresh protests and attacks on businesses erupted in Chile Monday despite President Sebastián Piñera's replacement of eight key Cabinet ministers with more centrist figures and his attempts to assure the country he has heard calls for greater equality and improved social services. Thousands of protesters crowded again into central Santiago, and ...

Fire hits UNESCO royal stables in Italian city of Turin

Europe 10/21/19, 03:51

Firefighters say a fire has burned about one-fourth of the roof of Turin's Cavallerizza Reale, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the center of the northern Italian city, hitting an area of the building once used for the royal stables. Firefighters rushed to the scene early Monday and managed to put ...

Officials: Blast at Afghan mosque kills 62 during prayers

Asia & Pacific 10/18/19, 09:22

An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered to offer Friday players, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, said the militant attack wounded 36 others. He said it was not immediately clear ...

Trump, Modi show unity between world’s largest democracies

U.S. 09/22/19, 13:50

Deafening drums marked the entrance of President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi as they clasped hands and walked across the stage in a packed Texas stadium Sunday, sending a message of unity between the world's two largest democracies despite trade tensions. Instead of dwelling on trade, Trump highlighted ...

Mike Pompeo asks the UN for cooperation to stop Iran’s aggression

World 08/21/19, 14:21

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked the UN Security Council on August 20 to stop Iran's belligerent actions in order to prevent consequences that could cost human lives. "Greater cooperation in the Middle East is needed more than ever," he said. Pompeo mentioned among other challenges in the region the one ...

Trump administration looks to cut $4.3 billion from foreign aid funds

Politics 08/16/19, 10:33

The Trump administration is mulling $4.3 billion foreign aid cuts, including $1.7 billion spending for the United Nations programs. A White House official confirmed to Politico that the Office of Management and Budget is proposing a spending cut of about $2.3 billion to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—an ...

UN rights chief highlights human rights violations around the world

Europe 06/25/19, 13:26

Speaking at a meeting in Geneva on Monday, June 24, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet emphasized human rights violations in several regions of the world. Bachelet expressed disappointment at Saudi Arabia's response to a report by an independent U.N. human rights expert last week criticizing the ...

UN Assembly remembers victims of violence against religion

U.S. 05/28/19, 17:34

The U.N. General Assembly has adopted a resolution designating Aug. 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.The 193-member world body adopted the resolution by consensus Tuesday. It was co-sponsored by Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland and the ...

UN warns more Idlib military action will overwhelm aid needs

U.S. 05/28/19, 15:56

The U.N. deputy humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that further military operations in northwest Syria's Idlib province will overwhelm aid efforts, stressing that an estimated 3 million people are caught up in crossfire in the last rebel stronghold.Assistant Secretary-General Ursula Mueller told the Security Council that humanitarian operations in many areas ...

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