More than 1 million children affected by Mozambique cyclones

World 05/03/19, 03:39

Isabella Mussa has not set foot in a classroom or read a book for the past week. For the 13-year-old, displaced by a deadly cyclone in northern Mozambique, it feels like a lifetime.Yet she is called one of the lucky ones. More than 1 million children have been affected by ...

UN mission: Ukraine actions after Odessa fire inadequate

Europe 05/02/19, 17:08

Five years after 48 people died in clashes in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, a United Nations' human rights monitoring mission criticized authorities Thursday for delays in investigating and prosecuting people for the violence.The loss of life on May 2, 2014 started during a confrontation between demonstrators calling for autonomy ...

UN adds leader of outlawed Pakistan group to sanctions list

World 05/02/19, 10:38

In a major diplomatic win for India, the United Nations added the leader of an outlawed Pakistani militant group to its sanctions blacklist Wednesday after the group claimed responsibility for a February suicide attack in disputed Kashmir that killed 40 Indian soldiers. Sanctions against Masood Azhar were confirmed by Pakistani Foreign ...

UN envoy optimistic of Syria constitution committee soon

U.S. 04/30/19, 17:15

The U.N. special envoy for Syria says he is "optimistic" an agreement can be reached on the long-sought formation of a committee to draft a new constitution for the war-torn country so it can meet this summer.Geir Pederson told reporters Tuesday after briefing the Security Council that he bases his ...

‘Incredibly difficult’ to reach Mozambique cyclone survivors

World 04/30/19, 02:53

Rains are still pounding northern Mozambique after Cyclone Kenneth, while the United Nations says aid workers face "an incredibly difficult situation" in reaching thousands of survivors.U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman Gemma Connell says bad weather kept badly needed supplies from arriving in the main city of Pemba on Monday. She tells The ...

UN aid chief: No progress so Rohingya can return to Myanmar

World 04/29/19, 21:41

The U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday there has been "no progress" in dealing with the reasons why more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh from western Myanmar's Rakhine state.Mark Lowcock, who just returned from a visit to Bangladesh, said Myanmar has failed "to put in place confidence-building measures that ...

UN: Palestinian Authority faces risk of financial collapse

World 04/29/19, 19:34

The U.N. political chief warned Monday that the worsening Palestinian financial crisis poses a growing risk "of a financial collapse of the Palestinian Authority." Rosemary DiCarlo told the U.N. Security Council that "a sustainable resolution" to the authority's funding crisis is urgently needed. Israel is withholding about $11 million of the roughly ...

UN chief demands that the world step up to stamp out hatred

U.S. 04/29/19, 12:11

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is demanding that the world "step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, persecution of Christians and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and incitement."The U.N. chief says that beyond the recent murders of worshippers "there is loathsome rhetoric" aimed not only at religious groups ...

Update: Houses collapse as floods rise in Mozambique

World 04/28/19, 03:28

The Latest on Cyclone Kenneth's aftermath (all times local):10:25 a.m.The United Nations says houses have begun to collapse in parts of northern Mozambique as serious flooding begins in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth.In this photo provided by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), badly damaged ...

UN: Rockets hit civilian areas in Libya’s capital Tripoli

World 04/26/19, 12:53

The U.N. says rockets and mortar shells have reportedly been fired on residential neighborhoods of Libya's capital Tripoli, where heavy fighting has led to a deteriorating humanitarian situation.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that the U.N. is "gravely concerned" at reports of indiscriminate shelling of populated areas, including Thursday night.Forces ...

Syria: West practicing economic ‘terrorism’ against Damascus

Europe 04/26/19, 10:24

Syria's ambassador to the United Nations has blasted the United State and the European Union for imposing sanctions on his country, describing them as "economic terrorism." Bashar Ja'afari made his comments Friday in the Kazakh capital of Astana where Russia, Turkey and Iran held a new round of talks with the ...

New cyclone kills 3 in Mozambique; UN warns floods possible

World 04/26/19, 08:29

The second powerful cyclone to strike Mozambique in just six weeks ripped off roofs and killed at least three people on Friday as the United Nations warned of "massive flooding" ahead.Cyclone Kenneth approached Mozambique with maximum sustained winds of 220 kph (136 mph), the power of a Category 4 hurricane, ...

Update: UN’s Guterres lauds China’s climate change help

China 04/25/19, 23:57

The Latest on China's Belt and Road infrastructure building conference. (all times local): 12:45 p.m. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says China's Belt and Road initiative offers a chance to help reverse the effects of climate change. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan delivers his speech for the opening ceremony of the second Belt ...

Libya asks UN to probe violations in Tripoli battle

World 04/25/19, 10:26

Libya's U.N.-supported government is asking the Security Council to appoint a "fact-finding mission" to investigate alleged violations by the forces attacking the capital.Ambassador Elmahdi Elmajerbi said in an April 18 letter to the council president circulated Thursday that the violations include "the killing and displacement of civilian citizens, the destruction ...

Syrian woman in wheelchair tells UN disabled are invisible

World 04/24/19, 21:37

A 20-year-old Syrian woman with cerebral palsy told the United Nations on Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities already "were forgotten in times of peace" and are struggling to survive in her country's long war as they "remain invisible."Nujeen Mustafa urged the Security Council at a meeting ...

Amal Clooney seeking Islamic State woman for Yazidi crimes

U.S. 04/23/19, 18:28

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney says she is requesting the transfer of a female member of the Islamic State extremist group to face justice for crimes against women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and American hostage Kayla Mueller, who was killed in 2015.Clooney represents Yazidi women and girls who were held ...

Macron meets officials, eyes Notre Dame for legacy-building

Europe 04/19/19, 02:38

French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting officials from the United Nations' cultural agency, where he is expected to set out ideas for the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral.He will meet with state delegates from UNESCO, which oversees global heritage issues, in the Elysee Palace Friday.Macron's push for a speedy rebuild ...

UN calls for Yemen agreement to be implemented without delay

U.S. 04/17/19, 20:08

The U.N. Security Council expressed "grave concern" Wednesday that agreements reached four months ago by the warring parties in Yemen have not been carried out and called for their implementation "without delay."The council reiterated its endorsement of the Dec. 13 cease-fire agreement between Yemen's government and Houthi Shiite rebels that ...

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