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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Russia and Turkey agree on more talks on Syria amid crisis

The United Nations human rights chief urged Syrian government forces and their allies Tuesday to allow safe corridors in conflict areas in northwestern Syria, where a military offensive has unleashed …


Afghan refugees tell UN: ‘We need peace, land to go home’

Hukam Khan isn’t sure how old he is, but his beard is long and white, and when he came to Pakistan 40 years ago fleeing an earlier war in Afghanistan, …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

UN assesses if Antarctica temperature reading is record high

The U.N. weather agency said Friday that an Argentine research base on the northern tip of Antarctica is reporting a temperature that, if confirmed, could be a record high for …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

UN chief warns ‘a wind of madness is sweeping the globe’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that “a wind of madness is sweeping the globe,” pointing to escalating conflicts from Libya and Yemen to Syria and beyond.


Leaked report shows United Nations suffered hack

Sophisticated hackers infiltrated U.N. offices in Geneva and Vienna last year in an apparent espionage operation, and their identity and the extent of the data they obtained is not clear.


Sweden: Fake officer didn’t spy at NATO or hurt security

A man who duped the Swedish military for 18 years by using forged credentials and who even worked at NATO headquarters and was a contact for Russia’s security services did …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Rohingya hail UN ruling that Myanmar act to prevent genocide

The United Nations’ top court on Thursday ordered Myanmar to do all it can to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people, a ruling met by members of the Muslim minority …


UN court to rule next week in Rohingya genocide case

The United Nations’ top court announced Wednesday that it will issue a decision next week on a request to order Myanmar to halt what has been cast as a genocidal …


UN: South African military plane crash-lands in Congo

A South African air force plane crash-landed and caught fire Thursday at the Goma airport in eastern Congo but there were no casualties, authorities said.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

US won’t grant Iran foreign minister visa for UN visit

The U.S. won’t issue Iran’s foreign minister a visa to travel to the United Nations later this week, contending there was not enough time to process the request.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

Making misery pay: Libya militias take EU funds for migrants

Money sent from the European Union into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean has instead spawned a thriving web of businesses feeding off their misery.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Fallen rights icon at UN court for Rohingya genocide case

Twenty-eight years to the day after Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband and sons accepted her Nobel Peace Prize while she remained under house arrest in Myanmar, the former pro-democracy icon …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

UN Libya migrant center plagued with crowding, TB, food cuts

The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year …


World powers press Iran to reverse nuke deal violations

World powers pressured Iran on Friday to reverse recent atomic activities that violate the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, but stopped short of deciding on whether to proceed with a move …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

UN says half of Zimbabwe’s people face severe hunger

About half of Zimbabwe’s population faces severe hunger amid a devastating drought and economic collapse, the United Nations said Tuesday, noting a “vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition that’s hitting women …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Greta Thunberg says voyage ‘energized’ her climate fight

Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in Portugal on Tuesday after a three-week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, telling cheering supporters that the journey had “energized” her for the fight against …


UN chief urges countries not to surrender on climate fight

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries Monday not to lose hope in the fight against climate change, as representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Madrid for a two-week meeting …


China accuses UN rights chief of inflaming Hong Kong unrest

China has accused the UN high commissioner for human rights of emboldening “radical violence” in Hong Kong by suggesting the city’s leader conduct an investigation into reports of excessive use …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 30, 2019

Science warnings, U.S .retreat add urgency to UN climate talks

Climate meeting in Madrid gains fresh urgency amid scientists’ warnings, political discord over global warming


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Ex-Bolivian President Evo Morales wants UN mediation, calling his ouster a coup

Bolivia’s Evo Morales called for the United Nations, and possibly Pope Francis, to mediate in the Andean nation’s political crisis following his ouster as president in what he called a …


Top Shiite leader backs UN plan to resolve Iraqi crisis

Iraq’s most powerful Shiite religious leader said Monday he backs a U.N. roadmap aimed at meeting the demands of anti-government protesters who have been rallying in recent weeks despite a …


Iran alleges UN inspector tested positive for explosives

Iran alleged Thursday that the U.N. inspector it blocked from a nuclear site last week tested positive for suspected traces of explosive nitrates. The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic …


UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo on Cuba

The U.N. General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting U.S. concerns about human rights on the Caribbean island.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Chile cancels climate, trade summits amid protest chaos

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said Wednesday that he is canceling two major international summits so he can respond to protracted nationwide protests over economic inequality that have left more than …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Venezuela wins seat on UN rights body despite opposition

Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro’s …


Pakistan PM warns of `bloodbath’ in Kashmir; India PM silent

Insisting he wasn’t making a threat, Pakistan’s leader denounced his Indian counterpart on Friday and warned that any war between the nuclear rivals could “have consequences for the world.” India’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

‘We’re all in big trouble’: Climate panel sees a dire future

Earth is in more hot water than ever before, and so are we, an expert United Nations climate panel warned in a grim new report Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

`Greta’: A young activist’s moment, praised and criticized

Sometimes, a moment and a person align. For 16-year-old Greta Thunberg – whether you admire her or dislike her, and there are plenty of passionate partisans in both camps – …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

‘You are failing us’: Plans, frustration at UN climate talks

Scolded for doing little, leader after leader promised the United Nations on Monday to do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

World leaders feel the heat in Monday’s climate summit

Only leaders who promise bold action are likely to be featured at United Nations climate action summit Monday.