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IAEA chief Yukiya Amano who oversaw Iran deal dies at 72

Yukiya Amano, the Japanese diplomat who led the International Atomic Energy Agency for a decade and was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program and the cleanup of the …


Top diplomat: Iran must build missiles for defense

Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes – comments that come after a remark by the top diplomat that …


37 countries rally around China at top UN human rights body

More than three dozen countries have defended China’s “remarkable achievements” in human rights, challenging Western countries that have raised concerns about Beijing’s treatment of Uighur Muslims.


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

UN rights chief ‘appalled’ by conditions in U.S. for migrants

The United Nations’ human rights chief said Monday she was “appalled” by the conditions migrants and refugees face in U.S. detention facilities, intensifying a challenge to the Trump administration’s immigration …


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

UN: 5,287 killings in Venezuela security operations in 2018

Venezuela’s government registered nearly 5,300 killings during security operations last year linked to cases of “resistance to authority,” the U.N. human rights chief reported Thursday, denouncing a “shockingly high” number …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Airstrike kills 44 migrants in Libyan detention center

An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants near the Libyan capital of Tripoli early Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and wounding dozens of others in an attack that …


Libyan official says airstrike kills 40 migrants in Tripoli

A Libyan health official says an airstrike hit a detention center for migrants, killing at least 40 people and wounding 80 more.


Libya’s UN-backed government reclaims key town near Tripoli

Libya’s U.N.-backed government reclaimed a strategic town near Tripoli from opposition forces that have been fighting for the past three months to capture the country’s capital, with a government spokesman …


Saudi envoy blasts UN expert’s report on Khashoggi killing

A top Saudi diplomat lashed out Tuesday at an independent U.N. expert’s searing report alleging that Saudi Arabia was responsible for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it …


UN says thousands flee Congo violence, seek asylum in Uganda

About 7,500 Congolese fleeing violence have arrived in Uganda since the beginning of June, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday, urging the international community to give more toward humanitarian …


UN human rights chief meets with Venezuela’s Guaido, Maduro

The United Nations’ top human rights official met Friday in Caracas with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is locked in a prolonged struggle with President Nicolas Maduro for control …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

‘Joints will be separated’: Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, retold

Independent UN probe cites “credible evidence” to warrant further investigation into the possible role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman into killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi.


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

WHO says Ebola outbreak in Congo disqualifies as global emergency; Georgetown global health expert says declaration long overdue

The World Health Organization on Friday said the Ebola outbreak in Congo – which spilled into Uganda this week – is an “extraordinary event” of deep concern but does not …


UN: 2 million Somalis could die of starvation amid drought

A United Nations emergency relief coordinator says more than 2 million men, women and children could die of starvation in Somalia by summer’s end if international aid is not sent …


Satellite images show crops on fire in Syria rebel enclave

New satellite photos obtained on Tuesday show significant damage to Syrian villages and surrounding farmland as a result of a government offensive on the last rebel stronghold in the country.


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

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., May 11, 2019, 6:51 p.m.

Landmark UN plastic waste pact gets approved, but not by US

Nearly every country in the world has agreed upon a legally binding framework to reduce the pollution from plastic waste except for the United States, U.N. environmental officials say.


Taliban attack aid group office in Afghan capital, kills 5

Taliban fighters attacked the offices of a U.S.-based aid organization in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, setting off a huge explosion and battling security forces in an assault that lasted …


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 9:49 p.m.

U.N. report: Humans accelerating extinction of species

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.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 4:31 p.m.

Ebola outbreak deaths top 1,000 in Congo amid clinic attacks

Congo’s health minister says more than 1,000 people have died from Ebola since an outbreak began in August. Health Minister Oly Ilunga told the Associated Press on Friday that four …


U.N. climate chief warns current path leads to ‘catastrophe’

The U.N. climate chief says world leaders must recognize there is no option except to speed-up and scale-up action to tackle global warming, warning that continuing on the current path …


UN says 146 killed in Libya as Italy calls for cease-fire

At least 146 people have been killed since a Libyan military commander launched an offensive on the capital earlier this month, the U.N. said Monday, as Italy called for an …


Pence says U.S. wants Maduro out and ‘all options’ on table

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the Security Council the Trump administration is determined to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power, preferably through diplomatic and economic pressure, but “all options …


Rival Libyan forces say they have captured Tripoli airport

Forces loyal to rival Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter said Saturday they seized control of the main airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli, two days after Hifter ordered his forces to …


Libyan army commander orders forces to march on Tripoli

Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter on Thursday ordered his forces to march on Tripoli, the capital of the U.N.-backed government, sparking fears of a major showdown with rival militias.


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she’ll defend Israel, combat socialism as Congressional rep to U.N.

The congresswoman will be one of two lawmakers who will join the permanent U.S. ambassador in official proceedings from the international body. McMorris Rodgers said she will support Israel’s right …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 7:16 p.m.

UN report says extreme weather affected 62 million people in 2018

The United Nations’ weather agency says climate change worsened last year with 62 million people hit by extreme weather


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Boeing nominates former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley to board of directors

Boeing announced Tuesday that it has nominated former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley to its board of directors, where she is expected to help guide the …


State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said.


UN court has jurisdiction to hear part of Iran-US dispute

The International Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that it has jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United States that seeks to claw back around …