Kosovo president: Decision to form army ‘irreversible’

Europe 12/16/18, 12:05

The decision to transform Kosovo's security force into an army is "irreversible," the country's president said Sunday while offering assurance that a new national military does not threaten ethnic Serbs living in the former Serbian province.President Hashim Thaci gave a briefing on the army plan before he left for New ...

Police, anti-migration protesters clash at EU headquarters

Europe 12/16/18, 10:34

Police fired tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators who had congregated around the European Union's headquarters in Brussels after marching against a new United Nations migration pact.Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo)Protestors grab objects to ...

South Sudan starts planning for life beyond war, cautiously

World 12/15/18, 04:12

For the first time since fleeing his home when civil war broke out in South Sudan five years ago, Raan Bona is daring to plan for the future.Seated at a restaurant in Bentiu town, the 29-year-old teacher said life has started to change "with peace." He is opening a printing ...

UN envoy: UN monitors needed to observe Yemen cease-fire

U.S. 12/14/18, 12:57

The U.N. envoy for Yemen called Friday for the urgent deployment of U.N. monitors to observe the implementation of a cease-fire in the strategic port city of Hodeida and the withdrawal of rival forces — a potential breakthrough in Yemen's four-year civil war.Martin Griffiths told the Security Council that a ...

Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine

World 12/14/18, 02:43

The Russian Orthodox Church has called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of official pressure on Moscow-appointed clerics.Ukraine's Orthodox clerics will gather for a meeting Saturday that is expected to form a ...

8 EU nations support Iran nuke deal, urge halt to missiles

Europe 12/12/18, 10:44

Eight European Union nations are underlining their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal while urging Tehran to stop its "destabilizing regional activities" especially the launch of ballistic missiles.Their statement said "it has been confirmed that Iran continues to implement its nuclear related commitments."But the Europeans warned that ballistic-missile-related activities including ...

UN: 20 million Yemenis are hungry, 250,000 face catastrophe

World 12/10/18, 17:21

The U.N. humanitarian chief says 20 million people in Yemen are hungry — a 15 percent increase from last year. And he says that for the first time, 250,000 face "catastrophe," which means starvation, death and destitution. Mark Lowcock recently returned from Yemen and told reporters Monday that there has been ...

At a glance: The new UN migration pact

World 12/10/18, 13:15

A United Nations accord, the "Global Compact on Migration," adopted Monday by 164 U.N. members, but not the United States, aims to improve the treatment of migrants worldwide.Here, at a glance, are key points and details:WHAT IS IT? A non-binding, voluntary agreement that aims to ensure "safe, orderly and regular ...

Climate group: 14 activists banned by conference host Poland

Europe 12/10/18, 12:35

An environmental group said Monday that at least 14 foreigners have been detained or deported by Poland's Border Guard since last week's start of the United Nations climate conference in the south of the country.Svitlana Romanko of the group 350.org said the individuals were from Germany and from countries that ...

Update: UN chief presses support for migration accord

World 12/10/18, 03:56

The Latest on the U.N. migration conference (all times local):9:50 a.m.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has sought to dispel "falsehoods" and "myths" over an international agreement on safe, humane and orderly migration.The U.N. chief spoke at the start of a two-day international conference about the "Global Compact on Migration," moments ...

At scene of South Sudan mass rape, ‘no one could hear me’

World 12/09/18, 04:14

Wrapping an arm around her stomach, the young woman hung her head and recounted the day in early November when she and a friend were bound, dragged into the bush and raped by four men with guns."My body hasn't been the same since," the 18-year-old said. The men attacked during ...

UN says civilian casualties in Yemen average 123 per week

Europe 12/07/18, 06:19

The United Nations' refugee agency says there have been nearly 1,500 civilian casualties in Yemen from August through October.The three-month tally, which includes both killed and wounded, is the latest toll from a four-year civil war that has killed at least 16,000 civilians.UNHCR urged the warring parties in a statement ...

US fails to win UN condemnation of Hamas militants in Gaza

World 12/06/18, 16:56

A U.S.-sponsored draft resolution that for the first time would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the U.N. General Assembly.Before Thursday's vote, the 193-member world body had narrowly voted to require a two-thirds majority which Arab nations pressed ...

UN rights office: Burundi’s government has asked us to leave

World 12/06/18, 08:25

The United Nations human rights office on Thursday said Burundi's government has asked it to leave, months after the outgoing U.N. rights chief called the country one of the "most prolific slaughterhouses of humans in recent times."Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani in Geneva confirmed they received a letter on Wednesday "requesting us ...

EU nations increasingly divided over UN migration pact

World 12/06/18, 07:23

Just days before scores of countries sign up to a landmark United Nations migration pact, a number of European Union nations have begun joining the list of those not willing to endorse the agreement.The 34-page U.N. Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is set to be formally approved ...

UN: Curbing climate change would reap huge health benefits

Europe 12/05/18, 08:15

The United Nations says curbing climate change will have huge benefits for people's health worldwide.The World Health Organization said Wednesday that meeting the 2015 Paris accord's goals would significantly cut global air pollution, saving a million lives each year by 2050.Fossil fuels that produce air pollution, such as coal, gasoline ...

Belgian government on brink of collapse over migration

Europe 12/05/18, 04:03

Belgium's center-right government is teetering on the brink of collapse after Prime Minister Charles Michel took the U.N. migration pact to parliament for approval against the wishes of the biggest coalition partner.Michel told RTL network early Wednesday that "whoever makes the government collapse shows a lack of responsibility," clearly targeting ...

UN aid chief: Yemen talks not an ‘easy or rapid process’

World 12/04/18, 06:16

The United Nations humanitarian aid chief says he doesn't expect an "easy or rapid process" in peace talks that begin this week involving warring sides in Yemen, which faces the world's largest humanitarian crisis.A Yemeni rebel official said, meanwhile, the country's internationally recognized government and its allies in a Saudi-led ...

UN: New information could shed light on Hammarskjold crash

U.S. 12/03/18, 18:31

New information has been received that could shed light on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold on a peace mission to then newly independent Congo, the U.N. legal chief said Monday.Miguel de Serpa Soares told the General Assembly that a preliminary review of the information ...

UN experts: South Sudan beset by ‘alarming’ sexual violence

World 11/30/18, 10:37

U.N. experts says South Sudan is beset by "alarming levels" of sexual and gender-based violence and a desperate humanitarian situation including severe food shortages as it attempts to implement the latest peace agreement in a climate of "deep distrust."The experts say in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated ...

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