US balks as Venezuela heads up UN-backed disarmament body

America 05/28/19, 10:50

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations' main disarmament body walked out of its session on Tuesday to protest that Venezuela had taken the chair. The move by Robert Wood, who insisted "a rogue state" was taking over, came shortly after Venezuelan Ambassador Jorge Valero began hosting a public plenary session ...

US lawmakers demand UN health agency change opioid guidance

Health 05/22/19, 20:25

Two U.S. lawmakers are calling on the World Health Organization to withdraw pain care guidelines that include what they say are false claims about the safety of prescription opioids. They say the guidelines could lead other countries toward the same kind of addiction and overdose crisis that has plagued the U.S. ...

UN envoy warns Libya is on verge of descending to civil war

World 05/21/19, 11:28

The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the oil-rich nation "is on the verge of descending into a civil war" that could divide the country and imperil the security of its neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region.Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that extremists from the Islamic State and ...

Frenchman in vegetative state kept alive after appeal to UN

World 05/21/19, 10:16

A last-ditch appeal to the United Nations forced French doctors to resume life support Tuesday for a man who has been in a vegetative state for years and whose case has drawn attention across Europe.Vincent Lambert was critically injured in a 2008 car accident, and his parents and wife disagree ...

UN council rejects Russian request for a meeting on Ukraine

U.S. 05/20/19, 19:10

The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian request Monday to hold a meeting on a new language law in Ukraine, with opponents calling it an attempt by Moscow to interfere in the inauguration of Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.Russia needed nine "yes" votes in the 15-member council to hold the ...

North Korea urges UN chief to act against US ship seizure

World 05/20/19, 15:59

North Korea is denouncing the United States as "a gangster country" for recently seizing one of its cargo ships and is calling on U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take "urgent measures" to contribute to stabilizing the Korean peninsula. North Korea's U.N. ambassador, Kim Song, said in a letter to Guterres obtained ...

South Korea vows to send aid to North quickly, may send food

World 05/20/19, 03:44

South Korea vowed Monday to move quickly on its plans to provide $8 million worth of humanitarian aid to North Korea while it also considers sending food to the country that says it's suffering its worst drought in decades. Lee Sang-min, spokesman of Seoul's Unification Ministry, said the government will discuss ...

Kashmir group seeks UN probe into torture by India troops

World 05/19/19, 22:53

A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of torture by government forces who have faced a decades-long anti-India uprising in the disputed region.The Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society on Monday ...

North Korea says it is suffering worst drought in decades

World 05/15/19, 21:26

North Korea said Wednesday it is suffering its worst drought in nearly four decades amid reports of severe food shortages. The official Korean Central News Agency said an average of 54.4 millimeters (2.1 inches) of rain fell throughout the country in the first five months of this year. It said that ...

Explains: Brazil’s environmental changes under Bolsonaro

America 05/14/19, 23:03

The administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has canceled a United Nations climate change workshop to be held in the city of Salvador in August, reaffirming its lack of interest in participating in international efforts to fight global warming. This is not the first time the far-right Bolsonaro has made ...

UN mission urges financial isolation of Myanmar’s military

World 05/14/19, 01:11

A United Nations fact-finding mission is urging that countries cut off all business with Myanmar's military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights abuses.The U.N. Human Rights Council said in a statement on Tuesday that there has been no progress toward resolving the crisis over ...

EU calls for Libya ceasefire, warns of threat to security

Europe 05/13/19, 11:03

The European Union is calling for a ceasefire in Libya, warning that the conflict around the capital Tripoli is a threat to international peace and security.The self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, launched an offensive on Tripoli last month. The LNA, based in eastern Libya, is ...

Otto Warmbier’s father calls Kim Jong Un ‘criminal Kim’

U.S. 05/10/19, 18:54

The father of American college student Otto Warmbier who died soon after being sent home from North Korea in a vegetative state said Friday that Kim Jong Un should be called "criminal Kim" — not "chairman Kim" which "makes me sick." Fred Warmbier told a U.N. symposium promoting international cooperation on ...

UN: Plastic waste pact approved with US among few holdouts

Europe 05/10/19, 15:11

Almost every country in the world has agreed on a legally binding framework for reducing polluting plastic waste, with the United States a notable exception, United Nations environmental officials said Friday.An agreement on tracking thousands of types of plastic waste emerged at the end of a two-week meeting of U.N.-backed ...

N.Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in possible new warning

World 05/09/19, 19:34

North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea on Thursday, South Korean officials said, its second weapons launch in five days and a possible warning that nuclear disarmament talks with Washington could be in danger. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapons flew 420 kilometers (260 miles) ...

ICC prosecutor warns Libyan combatants against war crimes

World 05/08/19, 18:45

The International Criminal Court's prosecutor warned Libya's warring parties Wednesday that her office is prepared to investigate and prosecute anyone committing war crimes or crimes against humanity.Fatou Bensouda's warning in a briefing to the Security Council followed the U.N. health agency's tweet that 443 people have been killed and 2,110 ...

Science Says: Why biodiversity matters to you

World 05/07/19, 09:30

You may go your entire life without seeing an endangered species, yet the globe's biodiversity crisis threatens all of humanity in numerous unseen or unrecognized ways, scientists say.A massive United Nations report this week warned that nature is in trouble, estimated 1 million species are threatened with extinction if nothing ...

UN report: Humans accelerating extinction of other species

Europe 05/06/19, 14:17

People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday.But it's not too late to fix the problem, according to the United Nations' first comprehensive report on biodiversity."We have reconfigured ...

United Nations to offer first report on global biodiversity

Europe 05/05/19, 23:02

Top scientists will tell the world Monday how bad off Mother Nature is.The United Nations plans to issue its first comprehensive scientific report on biodiversity, looking hard at the threat of extinction for Earth's plant and animal species and what it means for humanity.Report Chairman Robert Watson said last month ...

UN panel calls WikiLeaks founder’s UK sentence excessive

World 05/03/19, 08:30

A panel of legal experts affiliated with the United Nations has criticized the 50-week sentence a British judge imposed on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for jumping bail.The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said Friday that Assange's punishment was "disproportionate" for his "minor violation." The panel questioned why he is being ...

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