UN chief urges Yemen combatants to seize momentum for peace

World 11/02/18, 16:27

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Yemen's warring parties on Friday to seize the momentum for peace and avert what could be the world's worst famine in decades. The U.N. chief's appeal came days after the Trump administration demanded a cease-fire and the launch of U.N.-led political talks to end the war ...

Probe fails to unravel mystery of Croat’s courtroom suicide

Europe 11/02/18, 06:13

Dutch prosecutors said Friday they have closed their investigation without unravelling the mystery of how a Croatian ex-general managed to smuggle poison into a United Nations courtroom and take his own life, seconds after an appeals judge confirmed his 20-year sentence for war crimes.Slobodan Praljak committed suicide Nov. 29 last ...

UN finds 486 million in Asia still hungry, progress stalled

World 11/01/18, 22:10

A United Nations report says some 486 million people are malnourished in Asia and the Pacific and progress in alleviating hunger is stalling.The report by the Food and Agricultural Organization released Friday said more than half of all children in the world who are malnourished live in the region. It ...

Trump says State spokeswoman might be next UN ambassador

Politics 11/01/18, 17:48

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is among the people under consideration to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, President Donald Trump said Thursday. Trump said his administration will "probably make a decision" next week on a replacement for Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she would step ...

Split Cyprus’ leaders meet to scope out peace talks restart

Europe 10/26/18, 04:34

The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus are meeting for the first time in six months to scope out the chances of resuming stalled reunification negotiations.Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are meeting Friday at a United Nations compound inside the UN-controlled buffer ...

UN expert urges Japan to stop returning kids hear Fukushima

U.S. 10/26/18, 03:31

A U.N. human rights expert is urging the Japanese government to stop returning children and women of reproductive age to areas near the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant where radiation levels remain higher than what was considered safe before the 2011 nuclear disaster. Baskut Tuncak, the independent investigator on hazardous substances and ...

UN investigator: Genocide still taking place in Myanmar

World 10/24/18, 23:54

Genocide is still taking place against Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar and the government is increasingly demonstrating it has no interest in establishing a fully functioning democracy, U.N. investigators said Wednesday.Marzuki Darusman, chair of the U.N. fact-finding mission on Myanmar, said thousands of Rohingya are still fleeing to Bangladesh, and ...

UN expert: Human rights defenders attacked and criminalized

U.S. 10/23/18, 23:13

A U.N. expert says human rights defenders are being attacked and criminalized and more than 1,000 were killed between 2015 and 2017. Michel Forst is the U.N. special investigator on human rights defenders and his report to the General Assembly's human rights committee Tuesday says their situation "is deteriorating all over ...

UN humanitarian chief says danger of ‘big famine’ in Yemen

World 10/23/18, 13:50

The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that "there is a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen."Mark Lowcock told the Security Council that this famine would be "much bigger than anything any professional in this field has seen during their working lives."He said "the ...

UN expert says North Korea’s rights abysmal despite summits

Asia & Pacific 10/23/18, 11:47

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's summits with the presidents of South Korea and the United States have not changed his country's abysmal human rights record, the U.N. independent investigator on human rights in the isolated Asian nation said Tuesday.Speaking at a news conference, Tomas Ojea Quintana said he is ...

UN agency: migrant caravan includes people ‘in danger’

Europe 10/23/18, 05:58

The United Nations refugee agency is reminding countries along the route of a migrant trek through Central America that the caravan "is likely to include people in real danger."The U.N. has estimated the caravan, which has elicited angry tweets and warnings from President Donald Trump, currently comprises some 7,200 people.Adrian ...

UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali

U.S. 10/19/18, 17:09

The United Nations asked the government of Sri Lanka on Friday to immediately repatriate the commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that the request for Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure to ...

UN Mideast peace envoy urges restraint ahead of protests

World 10/19/18, 08:40

The United Nations' Mideast peace envoy urged Israel and the Palestinians to exercise restraint Friday ahead of protests organized by Hamas on the Gaza Strip's border fence.Thousands of Palestinian protesters were expected to mass along Israel's border with Gaza for another weekly protest, testing Egypt's efforts to mediate a lasting ...

China ‘regrets’ US leaving postal union amid trade dispute

Business 10/18/18, 01:40

China on Thursday criticized Washington's decision to leave the United Nations treaty that regulates international postage, amid a worsening trade dispute between the world's top two economies.Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the move should not be linked to China, despite arguments that the arrangement especially benefits Chinese manufacturers by ...

DEEP: United Nations climate report should be a ‘wake-up call’

Enviroment 10/16/18, 21:36

Connecticut has always been environmentally focused, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman Chris Collibee said. And after a recent report released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change mentioned the potential of a roughly 20-inch ocean level rise by 2050, Collibee said he hopes it will open people’s ...

Koreas, US-led UN Command discuss disarming border area

World 10/15/18, 23:18

North and South Korea and the U.S.-led United Nations Command are meeting to discuss efforts to disarm a military zone the rivals control within their shared border under a peace agreement between the Koreas. South Korea's Defense Ministry said that Tuesday's talks at the Panmunjom border village mark the first meeting ...

PHOTOS: Girl child day: Ansa, 10, starts day with prayer

World 10/11/18, 02:52

She's just 10 years old, but Pakistani girl Ansa Khan's day is a hectic one.At the first hint of dawn, she is up saying her morning prayers before reading her Quran, Islam's holy book. Those are Ansa's quietest moments. After that, her day is a whirl of chores, school, studying ...

U.S. Ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley, resigned

U.S. 10/09/18, 11:06

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley will leave at the end of the year, the latest departure from President Donald Trump’s national security circle, according to CNBC. Watch Live:  "Big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Oval Office at 10:30am," Trump wrote on Twitter. Big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki ...

Nobel prize for Congo surgeon exposes region’s deadly threat

Health 10/06/18, 08:50

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Congolese surgeon brings rare global attention to a region surging for decades with rebel conflict that now threatens efforts to contain a deadly Ebola outbreak.As Dr. Denis Mukwege describes to the world how he stays in his hospital, protected by United ...

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