UN court orders US to lift some Iran sanctions

Europe 10/03/18, 05:11

The United Nations' highest court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on Iran that affect imports of humanitarian goods and products and services linked to the safety of civil aviation.The ruling by the International Court of Justice is legally binding, but it remains to be seen if ...

UN court rejects Bolivia’s Pacific Ocean access case

World 10/01/18, 10:45

The United Nations' highest court has rejected a request by Bolivia for its judges to order Chile to negotiate a way of granting landlocked Bolivia access to the Pacific Ocean.International Court of Justice President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said Monday that a string of agreements between the two countries and Chilean ...

We too: At gathering of nations, women’s voices ring loud

U.S. 10/01/18, 09:10

In a pivotal week for women in the United States, the U.N. put forth its own clarion set of female voices at its annual meeting of nations. And women's empowerment was only one of their rallying cries.At the U.N. General Assembly, the first since the #metoo movement took root in ...

They said it: Leaders at the UN, in their own words

U.S. 09/29/18, 19:56

Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world.That's what the speechmaking at the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain enormous topics and certain louder voices dominate.Here, The Associated Press takes ...

‘United’ or ‘Nations’? Balance is UN’s existential question

World 09/29/18, 17:36

After the world's leaders spent thousands upon thousands of words on the subject this past week, the foreign minister of Papua New Guinea boiled it down to just six of them on Saturday."Unity, of course, is the answer," Rimbink Pato said.Maybe. Also: Maybe not. Depends on who's talking.The fusillade of ...

Syria FM: Victory over ‘terrorism’ is near, US must leave

World 09/29/18, 16:26

Declaring that victory over "terrorism" is almost at hand after more than seven years of civil war, Syria's foreign minister took to the world stage Saturday and demanded that "occupation" forces from the U.S., France and Turkey leave the country immediately.Walid al-Moallem told the General Assembly's high-level meeting that the ...

N. Korea FM: Peace possible, but only if US ends hostility

U.S. 09/29/18, 14:15

Calling for more trust, North Korea's foreign minister urged the United States on Saturday to keep moving past what he called seven decades of entrenched hostility if Washington wants to restart stalled negotiations meant to rid Pyongyang of its nuclear bombs.Boiling the rivals' standoff down to a matter of trust, ...

India, at UN: Pakistan is harboring terrorists

U.S. 09/29/18, 13:39

India's foreign minister accused neighboring Pakistan of harboring terrorists in an angry speech Saturday before the U.N. General Assembly, and rejected the notion that India is sabotaging peace talks with Pakistan, calling it "a complete lie."Sushma Swaraj pointed to the fact that Osama bin Laden had been living quietly in ...

Update: Pakistan blames India for breakdown in talks

U.S. 09/29/18, 09:09

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local):3:00 p.m.Pakistan's top diplomat is blaming India for a recent breakdown in their relations as he addresses a U.N. gathering of world leaders. He says Pakistan "prefers politics over peace."Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's comments came a few hours after ...

Syria, North Korea to have their say at UN gathering

World 09/29/18, 04:07

Two of the planet's most troubled hot spots are sending envoys to have their say before the world on Saturday. North Korea and Syria, places of international concern that spill trouble beyond national borders, are to appear before the U.N. General Assembly at a time when both countries could be on ...

They said it: Leaders at the UN, in their own words

World 09/28/18, 18:28

Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world.That's what the speechmaking at the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain enormous topics and certain louder voices dominate.Here, The Associated Press takes ...

Amal Clooney: Pardon Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar

World 09/28/18, 18:28

Human Rights attorney Amal Clooney, who is representing two journalists from Reuters news agency sentenced to hard labor after they uncovered a military massacre, urged Myanmar leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday to immediately pardon the reporters and reverse a miscarriage of justice.Clooney, speaking at ...

We too: At gathering of nations, women’s voices ring loud

World 09/28/18, 17:26

In a pivotal week for women in the United States, the U.N. put forth its own clarion set of female voices at its annual meeting of nations. And women's empowerment was only one of their rallying cries.At the U.N. General Assembly, the first since the #metoo movement took root in ...

China says it won’t be pushed around by US on trade

China 09/28/18, 15:10

China warned Friday that its critical relationship with the United States could break "like a glass," and used the most global of stages to warn the Trump administration it wouldn't be pushed around on trade.Foreign Minister Wang Yi insisted that his country "will not be blackmailed" or bow to pressure. ...

Analysis: At UN, world leaders grapple with fragmented world

World 09/28/18, 14:47

To watch events unfold at the United Nations this week — the parade of human leaders bringing their entreaties to the rostrum one after another — was not unlike being a therapist right before the holidays, watching the couch as the appointments go by.There was confusion. Doubt. Hand-wringing and finger-pointing. ...

Russia seeks to counter US weight as Lavrov takes UN stage

Europe 09/28/18, 11:33

Russia is framing itself as a counterweight to U.S. power around the world as the Russian foreign minister takes his turn Friday at the annual U.N. General Assembly.Russia has been maneuvering in talks at the U.N. this week to shape the future of Syria, influence nonproliferation negotiations with North Korea ...

Update: the United Nations General Assembly

World 09/28/18, 10:38

The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local):10:30 a.m.Two of Macedonia's closest neighbors are welcoming the country's upcoming referendum on changing its name.Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday that the agreement between Greece and Macedonia to resolve their long-standing dispute over ...

Malaysia, Cambodia offer 2 Asian narratives of change at UN

World 09/28/18, 09:56

Two veteran Southeast Asian leaders appearing at the United Nations on Friday present a microcosm of a dynamic region enjoying rapid economic growth but struggling to fan away egregious human rights problems that follow it like a bad smell.On the one hand is Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, who at the grand ...

China, Russia take their turn at the UN

U.S. 09/28/18, 03:18

The two countries that the United States has accused of interfering with its elections will take their turns at the podium Friday at the United Nations' annual gathering of world leaders.Major powers China and Russia — neither of which sent their most senior leader to the U.N. General Assembly — ...

Bangladesh point finger at Myanmar for Rohingya ‘genocide’

U.S. 09/27/18, 21:13

Bangladeshi President Sheikh Hasina on Thursday accused Myanmar of failing to honor a verbal commitment to take back Rohingya Muslims who have fled a crackdown she described as tantamount to genocide.Hasina's remarks at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations came as the U.N. Human Rights Council ...

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