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UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:41 p.m.

South Sudan blocking desperately needed food aid, U.N. officials say

South Sudan’s government is blocking desperately needed food aid and restricting United Nations peacekeepers, according to a confidential report by the U.N. secretary-general and a statement by a top U.N. …


Famine declared in part of South Sudan by government and U.N.

Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies, which says the calamity is the result …


New outburst of violence in Ukraine worst in months

Heavy artillery and rockets hit residential areas in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday amid a new outburst of fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatist rebels, killing at least eight people …


Senate confirms Trump’s nominee for ambassador to the United Nations

The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by a decisive margin Tuesday as Republican-led committees paved the way for three more of his …


U.N. backs Russian-Turkish Syria efforts as cease-fire wavers

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Saturday supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and jump-start peace negotiations, as a fragile …


Syria’s cease-fire holding despite minor violations

BEIRUT – A nationwide Syrian cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey that went into effect at midnight held Friday despite minor violations, marking a potential breakthrough in a conflict that …


Trump calls U.N. ‘just a club for people’ to ‘have a good time’

Three days after the United Nations adopted a resolution calling on Israel to halt Jewish settlement activity on Palestinian territory, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that the international body “is just …


Netanyahu, furious over U.N. vote, summons U.S. ambassador

Fuming over a United Nations Security Council resolution passed Friday that deems Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem illegal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the rare …


Syrian government refuses U.N. truce terms for Aleppo

The Syrian government refused the U.N. envoy’s latest proposal for a truce in Aleppo on Sunday, calling on insurgents to withdraw and saying it would not grant autonomy to the …


Yemen cease-fire breached shortly after it goes into effect

A temporary U.N.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect in Yemen late Wednesday night was breached by the Houthi rebels, army sources and local residents said.


APNewsBreak: UN criticism of Trump prompts Russian response

Russia’s government lodged a formal complaint last month with the United Nations over a top U.N. official’s condemnations of Donald Trump and some European politicians, diplomats told The Associated Press, …


At least 26 killed in Aleppo as U.N. meets over Syria

At least 26 civilians were killed in fresh government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday, as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting …


Syrian and Russian airstrikes continue major offensive to take back Aleppo

Syrian and Russian warplanes launched a fresh blitz on Aleppo on Saturday as government troops pressed a major offensive to take back the city.


U.N. adopts declaration on anti-microbial resistance

World leaders approved a wide-ranging declaration Wednesday aimed at addressing the rising number of drug-resistant infections – something the World Health Organization says has the potential to kill millions and …


World leaders at U.N. approve plan for refugee crisis

World leaders on Monday approved a declaration aimed at providing a more coordinated and humane response to the refugee crisis that has strained resources and sparked divisions from Africa to …


Flawed Syria deal nonetheless offers hope for peace

Saturday’s deal to renew a nationwide truce in Syria, open aid routes and establish a U.S.-Russian military partnership may be the best hope yet to end the brutal five-year civil …


Aid dropped by crane reaches 75,000 Syrians on Jordan border

Cranes hoisted huge white bags with rice, lentils and dates from Jordan into tent camps on the Syrian side of a border berm – an unprecedented way of delivering U.N. …


U.N. ‘extremely’ concerned for children in Syria’s Aleppo

BEIRUT – The United Nations Children’s Fund said Wednesday it is “extremely” concerned for the safety and well-being of children caught up in the violence engulfing the northern Syrian city …


U.N. envoy in Syria tells Russia: Leave Aleppo corridors ‘to us’

The U.N. special envoy for Syria on Friday urged Russia to leave the creation of humanitarian corridors around Aleppo to the United Nations and its partners, issuing a gentle snub …


U.N. accuses Boko Haram of ‘almost unimaginable’ brutality

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. humanitarian chief is accusing Boko Haram of “almost unimaginable” violence and brutality that has forced massive numbers of people to flee their homes and led …


U.N. calls for 48-hour humanitarian pause in east Aleppo city

Weekly 48-hour humanitarian pauses are urgently needed in Syria’s Aleppo city where fighting has left over a quarter of a million people trapped and in desperate need of aid, the …


U.N.: Mosul campaign could affect 1.5 million civilians

UNITED NATIONS – A United Nations official is warning that an upcoming military campaign to wrest control of the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group could affect …


Libyan forces enter main IS bastion, heavy fighting underway

BENGHAZI, Libya – The spokesman for Libyan forces loyal to a U.N.-brokered government said his troops have advanced deep inside the coastal city of Sirte, the main stronghold of the …


IS increasingly focused on international attacks, UN reports

The Islamic State group is entering a new phase with an increased emphasis on attacking international civilian targets, according to a United Nations report circulated Thursday.


U.N. may pick its first woman to lead

For the first time since the U.N. was founded in 1945, the 193 member states will choose a new secretary-general in a relatively open and apparently transparent election. And for …


Diplomats set plan for political change in Syria

Invoking the need for joint action after the attacks in Paris, foreign ministers of nearly 20 nations agreed Saturday to an ambitious yet incomplete plan for bringing peace to Syria …


Unworldly paranoia in Kootenai County

Can you imagine a world where the Kootenai County commissioners would make a stealth move to grab private property rights? A world where the handmaidens of the New World Order …