Children suffering in Central African Republic 5 years on

World 11/30/18, 04:07

Children are bearing the brunt of five years of fighting in Central African Republic as thousands are trapped in armed groups, many suffer sexual violence, tens of thousands go hungry and one in four have fled their homes, the United Nations children's agency said Friday.The new report pleads for millions ...

China says 8,000-strong UN peacekeeping standby force ready

World 11/29/18, 21:10

China said Thursday it has assembled a standby force of thousands of United Nations peacekeepers, furthering its leading role in the global body's efforts to tamp down conflicts worldwide.Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang told reporters at a monthly briefing that the 8,000-member force had passed an assessment last month approved ...

U.S.: Iran violating UN arms export ban in Yemen, Afghanistan

World 11/29/18, 19:23

The Trump administration on Thursday accused Iran of stepping up violations of a U.N. ban on arms exports by sending rockets and other weaponry to rebels in Afghanistan and Yemen. The new allegations come as the U.S. ramps up pressure on Iran to halt what it calls "malign activities" in the ...

UN says millions misspent on Africa’s biggest refugee crisis

World 11/29/18, 07:53

An internal inquiry says the United Nations refugee agency has misspent millions of dollars on Africa's largest refugee crisis, including paying for what became a parking lot at the Ugandan prime minister's office.The report by the U.N.'s internal watchdog says about $11 million alone is being spent on a recount ...

UN chief: G20 leaders need bolder action at critical time

World 11/28/18, 16:57

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has a message for leaders of the 20 major economic powers ahead of this week's summit: take stronger leadership and bolder action to tackle critical problems from climate change to inequality at a time the world is facing "a crisis of confidence."Before flying to Buenos Aires, ...

UN report says fragile climate puts food security at risk

World 11/28/18, 02:02

A United Nations report says that feeding a hungry planet is increasingly difficult as climate change and depletion of land and other resources undermines food systems.FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2018, file, photo, a severely malnourished boy rests on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. ...

U.N. envoy disappointed at nations reneging on migration deal

U.S. 11/27/18, 20:53

The U.N. envoy for international migration said Tuesday she's "very disappointed" that some countries are reneging on their support for a global compact to promote safe and orderly migration and reduce human smuggling and trafficking — some for "bizarre" reasons. Louise Arbour said in an interview with The Associated Press that ...

Former UN president backs indicted Hong Kong businessman

New York 11/27/18, 18:27

A former president of the United Nations General Assembly said Tuesday that he never witnessed "anything improper" on the part of a prominent Hong Kong businessman on trial in New York on charges of bribing government leaders in two African nations to land lucrative business deals for a Chinese oil ...

UN: No sign of emissions peak in sight, action must be taken

Enviroment 11/27/18, 10:42

The United Nations environment office is warning that the gap is widening between current greenhouse gas emissions and the levels needed to stop catastrophic global warming.In a report released Tuesday in Paris , the agency said global emissions of heat-trapping gas such as carbon dioxide "show no signs of peaking." ...

Feds: Hong Kong man in UN bribe case motivated by greed

U.S. 11/26/18, 19:26

Greed motivated a Hong Kong businessman to line the pockets of government officials in two African nations — bribes intended to land lucrative business deals and oil rights for a Chinese energy conglomerate, federal prosecutors told a jury Monday.But a defense attorney for Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho argued that ...

Watchdog mulls sending inspectors to Syria following attack

Europe 11/26/18, 06:54

The chief of the global chemical weapons watchdog says the organization is considering sending inspectors to investigate an alleged poison gas attack in Syria.In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a man receiving treatment at a hospital following a suspected chemical attack on his town ...

Trial starts for Hong Kong businessman in bribery case

World 11/25/18, 09:09

The New York trial of a prominent Hong Kong businessman charged in a United Nations-linked bribery conspiracy is set to begin.Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho.Ho was arrested a year ago on charges accusing him of paying bribes so a Chinese energy conglomerate ...

Koreas gain UN sanctions exemption for joint rail survey

World 11/23/18, 21:39

South Korea said Saturday that the United Nations Security Council granted an exemption to sanctions that will allow surveys on North Korean railroad sections the Koreas want to connect with the South. The surveys would require the South to bring to the North fuel and a variety of goods, including possibly ...

Merkel says UN migrants pact is in Germany’s interest

World 11/21/18, 04:40

Chancellor Angela Merkel says it's in Germany's interest to support a U.N. agreement on migration that countries such as the United States, Hungary and Poland have rejected.Merkel told lawmakers Wednesday that the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration would ensure many of the conditions that already exist in ...

UN envoy: Warring parties in Yemen agree to meet in Sweden

U.S. 11/16/18, 18:53

The U.N. envoy for Yemen announced Friday the country's internationally recognized government and rival Houthi Shiite rebels have agreed to attend talks aimed at ending their three-year war, which has created the globe's worst humanitarian crisis by pushing the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of famine.Martin Griffiths told ...

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