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by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said.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


UN expert: Saudi Arabia undermined Khashoggi probe

A U.N. human rights expert said Thursday that Saudi Arabia undermined Turkey’s efforts to investigate the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which she described as a “brutal and premeditated killing” …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

Venezuela backtracks on order to expel U.S. diplomats

Nicolas Maduro’s government backtracked Saturday from its order for U.S. Embassy personnel to leave Venezuela, moving to defuse tensions with Washington just hours after international diplomats traded heated rhetoric at …


Survivors: Up to 117 migrants missing in capsizing off Libya

Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time of the …


Guatemala pulls out of UN corruption body, expels members

Guatemala is pulling out of a United Nations-sponsored anti-corruption commission after more than a year of tension between the government and the group, which has investigated top government officials and …


Nations at U.N. climate talks back universal emissions rules

After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming. Fierce disagreements …


Teenage activist calls leaders not ‘mature enough’ to take action on climate change

When Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old climate activist from Sweden, had the chance to address a global climate change conference this past week, she told officials that she had not come …


Climate talks extended as island nations demand action

Weary officials from almost 200 countries faced another day of negotiations at the U.N. climate talks to bridge their last remaining differences as small island nations on Friday demanded an …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 8:04 p.m.

Protesters demand action against warming climate at U.N. talks

Thousands of people from around the world marched Saturday through the southern Polish city that’s hosting this year’s U.N. climate talks, demanding that their governments take tougher action to curb …


U.S. backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches planted the American flag at the U.N. climate talks Friday in an effort to show that many people in the United States …


U.N. watchdog calls on North Korea to re-admit nuclear inspectors

The head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog on Thursday called on North Korea to allow inspectors back into the country to monitor its nuclear program.


U.N. humanitarian chief says danger of ‘big famine’ in Yemen

The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that “there is a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen.”


Congo reports 5 new Ebola deaths; UN worker infected

Congo is reporting five new confirmed Ebola deaths in its latest outbreak, while a worker with the United Nations peacekeeping mission is among several new cases under treatment.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 2:25 p.m.

Syria FM: Victory over ‘terrorism’ is near, US must leave

Declaring that victory over “terrorism” is almost at hand after more than seven years of civil war, Syria’s foreign minister took to the world stage Saturday and demanded that “occupation” …


Fareed Zakaria: Trump is hastening the arrival of a post-American world

President Trump’s speech on Tuesday at the United Nations was an intelligent – at times eloquent – presentation of his “America First” worldview. He laid out an approach of pursuing …


U.S., 6 other nations urge UN to begin Syria constitution process

The United States and six other nations called Thursday for the United Nations to convene a committee to begin drafting a new constitution for Syria.


Israel vs Iran: Netanyahu lobs nuclear claim – again

Clandestine nuclear dumping. Concealing atomic material near a rug-cleaning plant. Lying to international partners. Accusing Iran of all of the above, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu fired a new salvo Thursday …


United Nations court asked to probe Venezuela; leader defiant in speech

Six nations made the unprecedented move Wednesday of asking the U.N.’s International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela for possible crimes against humanity, even as President Nicolas Maduro made an unexpected …


Trump backs 2-state solution for Mideast, raises peace hopes

President Donald Trump waded into thorny Middle East politics while at the United Nations on Wednesday, endorsing the two-state solution to bring an end the decades-long conflict between Israel and …


Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to U.N.

President Donald Trump will address world leaders at the United Nations on Tuesday on the back of an upbeat summit between South and North Korea, where Kim Jong Un promised …


Experts air new concerns about U.N. response to Myanmar crisis

U.N.-backed investigators who examined a bloody crackdown by Myanmar security forces that caused hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh issued a searing critique Tuesday of …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 1:24 p.m.

U.S. mission defends costly curtains at U.N. ambassador’s Nikki Haley’s home

The U.S. mission to the United Nations is defending the installation of costly curtains at the official New York residence of Ambassador Nikki Haley on security grounds. It also said …


Yemen peace talks uncertain as rebels fail to attend

The United Nations-mediated peace talks on Yemen have stalled pending the arrival of the Shiite rebels who said they didn’t attend because they were not guaranteed safe return after the …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 11:43 a.m.

Palestinians condemn U.S. ending funding for U.N. refugee agency

The U.S. decision to end its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees and their descendants is “an attack on the rights of the Palestinian people,” …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Nicaragua to expel U.N. team after critical report

The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is expelling a United Nations human rights team two days after the body published a report blaming it for the violent repression of …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 1:58 p.m.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 8:35 a.m.

Moscow: U.N. investigating the killing of 3 Russian reporters

Officials in Moscow say U.N. representatives are helping investigate the killing of three Russian journalists in Central African Republic.


U.N. envoy: Yemen’s warring parties willing to restart talks

Yemen’s warring parties have confirmed their willingness to restart negotiations after a two-year hiatus, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen said even as fighting raged along the country’s west coast …


After U.S., Israel also backs away from U.N. human rights body

Diplomats said Friday that Israel has temporarily reduced its participation with the U.N.’s main human rights body, days after the United States pulled out largely over its allegation that the …