Guatemala pulls out of UN corruption body, expels members

America 01/08/19, 00:04

Guatemala said it was withdrawing from a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission and giving its prosecutors a day to leave the country, as President Jimmy Morales moved to expel a body that has investigated him, his family and top government officials.Accusing the commission of overreach and violating Guatemala's sovereignty, Foreign Minister ...

UN Security Council delays Congo session amid vote counting

World 01/07/19, 20:12

The U.N. Security Council has put off a planned session on Congo and its closely watched presidential election as the country continues waiting for delayed results.A Security Council discussion initially set for Tuesday was postponed to Friday after Congolese officials indefinitely postponed the release of the first results. They had ...

Update: Nikki Haley on Tigers sideline before title game

Football 01/07/19, 19:20

The Latest on the College Football Playoff national championship (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was on the Clemson sideline before the national championship game with Alabama. Her presence is not surprising: Haley is a Clemson graduate and was governor of South Carolina from 2010 ...

Guatemala to withdraw from UN anti-corruption commission

America 01/07/19, 17:46

Guatemala is pulling out of a United Nations-sponsored anti-corruption commission after more than a year of tension between the government and the group, which has investigated top government officials and people close to President Jimmy Morales.Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel announced the decision Monday after meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. There ...

Saudi woman seeking asylum barricades herself in Thailand

World 01/07/19, 02:02

A Saudi woman who says she is fleeing abuse by her family and wants asylum in Australia barricaded herself in an airport hotel in the Thai capital on Monday and was sending out desperate pleas for help over social media.Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun began posting on Twitter late Saturday after her ...

Security Council regrets Somalia’s expulsion of UN envoy

World 01/05/19, 20:17

The U.N. Security Council is expressing regret at Somalia's decision to expel a U.N. envoy who questioned the arrest of an extremist group defector-turned-political candidate.The council issued a statement Saturday, a day after a closed-door discussion about Somalia's move to kick Nicholas Haysom out.The statement conveys gratitude to the longtime ...

UN to send new envoy to Somalia after flap led to expulsion

World 01/04/19, 12:58

The United Nations plans to replace an envoy who was ordered to leave Somalia after questioning the arrest of a political candidate with an extremist history.U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Friday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has full confidence in Nicholas Haysom and deeply regrets Somalia's decision to expel him.But ...

Somalia declares UN envoy persona non grata

World 01/02/19, 04:47

Somalia's government has ordered the United Nations envoy to the country to leave, amid questions over the arrest of the al-Shabab extremist group's former deputy leader who had run for a regional presidency.A foreign ministry statement late Tuesday accuses Nicholas Haysom of diplomatic overreach that violated the Horn of Africa ...

Yemen rebels deny UN accusations of stealing aid deliveries

World 01/01/19, 05:57

Yemen's Houthi rebels are denying accusations by the United Nations food agency that they are stealing "from the mouths of hungry people" and diverting food deliveries.Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of the Supreme Revolutionary Council, says in a statement Tuesday the rebels were "surprised" by World Food Program allegations.He says WFP ...

Investigation: Food aid stolen as Yemen starves

World 12/31/18, 01:55

An Associated Press investigation reveals that factions and militias on all sides of the war in Yemen have blocked or diverted the delivery of food aid or sold it for profit on the black market.The AP found that large amounts of food make it into the country, but once there, ...

Update: UN council authorizes monitors at key Yemen port

World 12/21/18, 13:28

The Latest on Security Council vote authorizing deployment of U.N. monitors (all times local):1:25 p.m.The Security Council has voted unanimously to authorize the deployment of U.N. monitors to observe the implementation of a cease-fire in Yemen's key port of Hodeida and the withdrawal of rival forces from that area.The limited ...

UN council to vote on monitors for truce at key Yemen port

World 12/21/18, 00:00

The U.N. Security Council called a vote for Friday on a resolution that would authorize the use of U.N. monitors to observe the implementation of a cease-fire in Yemen's important port of Hodeida and the withdrawal of rival forces from that area.Passage could offer a potential breakthrough in the four-year ...

UN envoy: More work needed on Syria constitutional committee

World 12/20/18, 19:40

The U.N. special envoy for Syria said in his farewell U.N. briefing Thursday that an "an extra mile" is needed to form a committee to draft a new constitution for the conflict-torn country because a list of participants submitted by Russia, Iran and Turkey is unacceptable to the United Nations.Staffan ...

UN: Women migrants in Libya often face gang rape, abuse

World 12/20/18, 11:59

The "overwhelming majority" of women and older girls who passed through Libya as migrants reported being gang-raped by traffickers or having witnessed others taken away to be sexually abused, the United Nations said Thursday in a report based on hundreds of interviews.The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ...

UN General Assembly endorses global migration accord

Europe 12/19/18, 21:22

The U.N. General Assembly endorsed a sweeping accord on Dec. 19, to ensure safe and orderly migration over opposition from five countries, including the United States and Hungary. The Global Compact for Migration, the first international document dealing with the issue, is not legally binding. But the escalating debate over people ...

UN condemns North Korea rights violations and nuke spending

World 12/17/18, 21:30

The U.N. General Assembly on Monday condemned North Korea's "systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights" and its diversion of resources into pursing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles over the welfare of its people. It noted "with concern" that over 10 million North Koreans are estimated to be undernourished and ...

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