UN replaces Cammaert as monitoring chief in Yemen’s key port

U.S. 01/31/19, 13:03

The U.N. says Dutch Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, who has been heading the U.N. operation monitoring a cease-fire in Yemen's key port of Hodeida, is being replaced by a Danish officer.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who announced Danish Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard's appointment Thursday, said Cammaert was on a temporary one-month ...

Israel’s UN envoy: European allies must fight anti-Semitism

Europe 01/31/19, 12:57

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday that the country appreciates the support of its newfound allies in eastern Europe but expects "stronger actions" from them when it comes to their stance against anti-Semitism.Danny Danon said the former communist nations have played a key role in blocking anti-Israel measures ...

US calls for compliance with nuclear treaties

Europe 01/31/19, 01:50

The U.S. has called for other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to adhere to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.The call Thursday by Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Andrea Thompson in Beijing comes as the U.S. is preparing to withdraw from a separate pact, ...

Papuans get independence petition to UN despite obstacles

World 01/30/19, 23:59

Activists in Indonesia's mountainous jungle-clad Papua region risked imprisonment to collect 1.8 million signatures for a petition calling for self-determination but had a final dilemma: They were blocked from presenting it to the intended recipient, the United Nations.An attempt to present the petition in 2017 to the U.N. committee responsible ...

UN humanitarian chief urges aid delivery to Syrians

U.S. 01/30/19, 15:41

The U.N. humanitarian chief urged Syria's warring parties on Wednesday to ensure the delivery of desperately needed aid to Syrians stranded near the border with Jordan and warned again that a major military operation in extremist-controlled Idlib would be a humanitarian catastrophe.Mark Lowcock said the U.N. wants an aid convoy, ...

UN rights envoy at Saudi consulate in Istanbul for Khashoggi

Europe 01/29/19, 05:56

A United Nations human rights expert visited the vicinity of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Tuesday as part of her investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her team of experts toured around the consulate but did not enter, saying they were waiting for ...

UN chief urges world: ‘Rise up against rising anti-Semitism’

World 01/28/19, 19:46

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that hatred of Jews is getting worse and says that "we must rise up against rising anti-Semitism."He told the United Nations' annual commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day that attempts are being made to rewrite the history of the Holocaust, during which 6 million ...

Explains: What are dangers of mining waste in Brazil?

Enviroment 01/28/19, 19:06

As rescuers in Brazil search for survivors of a dam collapse, questions abound about the health and environmental risks of the thick, brown, metal-laden mine waste that flowed over buildings. The accident comes after the United Nations and others warned that dam failures in the mining industry are becoming increasingly ...

Update: Spain gives Maduro 8 days to call elections

America 01/26/19, 08:17

The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 8 a.m. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says that unless Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro calls for new elections within eight days Spain will recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of the South American country. Sanchez says on Saturday that "Spain ...

South Sudanese fear leaving UN protected camps despite peace

World 01/26/19, 04:24

Tracing his fingers over the metal fencing at a United Nations protected site in South Sudan's capital, Nhial Nyuot Nhial hung his head as he contemplated going home after years of civil war. "At the moment it's impossible for someone to leave," he said.The 33-year-old is among tens of thousands ...

Venezuelan showdown moves to UN as dueling presidents dig in

America 01/26/19, 00:13

Venezuela's political showdown moves to the United Nations where a Security Council meeting called by the United States will pit backers of President Nicolas Maduro against the Trump administration and supporters of the country's self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to address Saturday's meeting ...

Refugee group: Use frozen billions to aid world’s displaced

U.S. 01/24/19, 21:45

The World Refugee Council called Thursday for up to $20 billion stolen by government leaders and now frozen in the United States, Britain and other countries to be reallocated by courts to help millions of displaced people forced to flee conflict, persecution and victimization.The council also called for people responsible ...

UNHCR urges more aid to developing nations hosting refugees

Europe 01/14/19, 13:56

Wealthy countries should do more to help developing nations fund local refugee management, the head of the U.N. refugee agency urged Monday, saying that he himself would do "anything" to escape if he was stuck in a squalid camp such as those in war-torn Libya.Speaking to reporters after meeting with ...

UN expert: N.Korea nuclear talks should include human rights

World 01/11/19, 05:17

A U.N. rights investigator said Friday that negotiations on North Korea's denuclearization must also include its abysmal human rights situation. Tomas Ojea Quintana told reporters that he wants North Korea to accept his call for a dialogue on its rights conditions. He said North Korea has not allowed him to visit ...

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