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  • Libyan government rejects UN power-sharing proposal

    BENGHAZI, Libya – Libya’s internationally recognized government on Monday rejected a U.N. proposal for a power-sharing arrangement with rival Islamist-led authorities that was intended to bring peace to the north …


  • UN spotlight on Mideast crises; Netanyahu blasts Iran deal

    In an impassioned speech interspersed with bouts of dramatic silence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday condemned the Iran nuclear deal as empowering Tehran to spread unrest in the …


  • Implementation no guarantee of Iran nuke deal survival

    WASHINGTON – The expected showdown in Congress next month over the administration’s nuclear deal with Iran is only the first in a series of challenges that could leave the fate …


  • U.N.: Ukrainian fatalities mount despite cease-fire

    KIEV, Ukraine – At least 331 deaths have been reported in eastern Ukraine since last month’s cease-fire agreement between Russian-backed separatists and government troops, the United Nations said Wednesday. Hostilities …


  • Obama applauds UN deal on Syria’s chemical weapons

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says a deal reached on a United Nations resolution to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons is “potentially a huge victory for the international community.”


  • Obama: UN must enforce ban on chemical weapons

    UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama says the U.N. Security council must agree to a resolution on Syrian chemical weapons that includes consequences for the regime of President Bashar Assad …


  • Climate report has conundrum with warming, emissions

    STOCKHOLM – Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling over how to address a wrinkle in the meteorological data that has given ammunition to global-warming …


  • UN: ’Convincing evidence’ of Syria chemical attack

    UNITED NATIONS — U.N. inspectors say there is “clear and convincing evidence” that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that …


  • Guest opinion: Intervention and legality in Syria

    The legality of U.S. military action in Syria has generated debates among Americans and around the globe. The U.S. government has the obligation to satisfy two legal authorities to demonstrate …


  • UN says nearly 93,000 killed in Syrian conflict

    BEIRUT — Nearly 93,000 people have been confirmed killed since Syria’s civil war began more than two years ago, the U.N. said today, a sharp rise in the death toll …


  • Idaho’s Risch vows to stall U.N. arms treaty

    WASHINGTON – An international framework for controlling the global arms trade appears to be headed for a brick wall on Capitol Hill, and Idaho’s junior senator is among the chief …


  • UN: Colo., Wash. legal pot violates drug treaties

    DENVER — A United Nations-based drug agency urged the United States government today to challenge the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, saying the state laws …


  • Israel OKs new West Bank settlement construction

    JERUSALEM — Israel approved the construction of 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, a government official said today, in what appeared to be a …


  • Building bridges

    During and after the election there is always much talk about the value of working together, moving forward and showing tolerance of each other’s differences. On Friday, Gonzaga University is …


  • Egypt’s new President Morsi debuts at UN

    UNITED NATIONS — Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi debuts at the United Nations today with a speech that will be closely watched by world leaders for clues about his democratic …


  • UN: Costs of global drug therapy $200-250 billion

    VIENNA — The U.N.’s drug-fighting agency says that about 200,000 people die annually from drug abuse and it would cost up to $250 billion to provide proper treatment for abusers …


  • Palestinians take to streets to cheer on UN bid

    Thousands of jubilant, flag-waving Palestinians, watching on outdoor screens across the West Bank, cheered their president today as he submitted his historic request for recognition of a state of Palestine …


  • Group seeks legal review of initiatives

    Initiatives proposed by the Spokane Patriots, a conservative activist group, will get a legal review from city attorneys before supporters start gathering signatures.


  • Initiative aims to restrict city’s international ties

    Spokane leaders would have to revoke the city’s memberships and relationships with the United Nations and other groups “undermining United States sovereignty” under a proposal that supporters hope will make …


  • Amy Goodman: Grass roots asking for action

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark – “Politicians talk, leaders act” read the sign outside the Bella Center in Copenhagen on the opening day of the United Nations climate summit. Inside the convention center, …


  • U.N. official defends flawed Afghan vote

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Days before the outcome of Afghanistan’s contentious presidential vote was expected to be announced, the head of the United Nations mission acknowledged Sunday that widespread electoral fraud …


  • Suicide bomber strikes U.N. office in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A suicide bomber disguised as a security officer struck the lobby of the U.N. food agency’s Pakistan headquarters Monday, killing five people a day after the new …


  • U.N. says Iran breaking nuclear resolutions

    UNITED NATIONS – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that Iran’s construction of the Qom nuclear enrichment facility violates U.N. resolutions requiring greater candor about its atomic activities, adding …


  • U.S. alone can’t solve world’s problems, Obama tells U.N.

    UNITED NATIONS – President Barack Obama bluntly prodded world leaders Wednesday to join the U.S. in solving pressing global problems, challenging them to move beyond “an almost reflexive anti-Americanism which, …


  • New global climate pact possible, but with wrinkle

    Several world leaders Tuesday gave the most decisive indication in months that they would work to revive floundering negotiations aimed at securing a new international climate pact. But the vision …


  • World in brief: Security Council targets N. Koreans

    United Nations – The U.N. Security Council on Thursday banned travel and froze assets of 10 North Korean individuals and businesses linked to the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, …


  • U.N. to consider N. Korea sanctions

    UNITED NATIONS – The United States, China and other major powers reached agreement Wednesday on a draft U.N. resolution that condemns North Korea’s recent underground nuclear test and imposes additional …


  • Iran president draws ire for U.N. conference comments

    GENEVA – Dozens of Western diplomats walked out of a U.N. conference and a pair of rainbow-wigged protesters threw clown noses at Iran’s president Monday when the hard-line leader called …


  • Racism summit boycott grows

    GENEVA – The United Nations opens its first global racism conference in eight years today with the U.S. and at least seven other countries boycotting the event out of concern …


  • U.S. will boycott U.N. conference on racism

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration will boycott “with regret” a U.N. conference on racism this week over objectionable language in the meeting’s final document that could single out Israel for …

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