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Jul 21 2014 UN Condemns Downing Of Passenger Jet

NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously passed a resolution condemning the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet that killed all 298 aboard, and demanded that pro-Russian separatists controlling the crash site allow investigators unrestricted accesss to the area.
US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, speaking after the UN security council vote […]


Jun 7 2014 Violence, Abuse Worsens In Libya

GENEVA - The United Nations human rights office has denounced worsening violence in the eastern part of Libya, especially in Benghazi, where it says killings, human rights abuses and other forms of repression are escalating at an alarming pace.
UNOHCHR officials condemned the recent murder of the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross […]


Mar 28 2014 UN Rejects Crimea Annexation By Russia

NEW YORK -  A majority of U.N. member states told Moscow Thursday that they will not recognize the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.
In a vote on a resolution put forward by Ukraine and nearly 50 co-sponsors, 100 member states reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s unity and territorial sovereignty.  They also underscored that the March 16 […]


Mar 4 2014 UN: Iran Cuts Nuclear Stockpile

NEW YORK - The United Nations nuclear watchdog chief says Iran has cut its stock of higher-enriched uranium that is closest to atomic weapons-grade.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said Monday that Iran had “reached the halfway mark” in efforts to dilute half its 20 percent-enriched uranium to a lower grade […]


Mar 2 2014 UN Urges Restraint In Ukraine

NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council met in an emergency session Saturday after Russia’s parliament unanimously voted to send troops to Ukraine’s Crimean region.
Yuriy Sergeyev, Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador, asked Security Council members to stop the aggression against his country, adding that the number of Russian troops already inside Ukraine is “increasing every hour.”
He told […]


Feb 23 2014 UN Orders Humanitarian Aid Access For Syria

NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution on Syria’s humanitarian crisis, demanding that both sides in the conflict provide immediate access to deliver essential aid to millions of people in desperate need.
The 15-member council united on Syria for the first time Saturday. Russia and China — which have shielded Syria’s […]


Feb 22 2014 Syria Submits New Chemical Weapons Proposal

NEW YORK - Syria has submitted a new 100-day plan for the removal of its chemical weapons after failing to meet a Feb. 5 deadline, but the international mission overseeing the operation believes it can be done in a shorter time frame, diplomats said on Friday.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons executive committee met […]


Feb 18 2014 UN Seeks Tribunal Against North Korea Genocide

SEOUL - A new United Nations report accuses North Korea of  “unspeakable atrocities,” many of which amount to crimes against humanity.
The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea is calling for an international tribunal to investigate the alleged crimes and to bring those most responsible to justice.
The chair of the three-member commission […]


Feb 17 2014 UN Report Accuses North Korea Of Crimes Against Humanity

SEOUL - A United Nations report being released in Geneva today has, for the first time, condemned North Korea for systematic rights violations amounting to crimes against humanity according to leaked information by the Associated Press. Rights activists welcomed the commission’s findings but acknowledge prosecution of North Korean leaders is not likely any time soon.
A […]


Jan 20 2014 UN: Iran Disables Centrifuges At Natanz, Fordo

NEW YORK - Iran has begun halting its most sensitive nuclear enrichment activity as an agreement with world powers reached in November goes into effect Monday.
The United Nations nuclear agency said in a report that Iran disabled centrifuges at its Natanz and Fordo nuclear facilities that were used to enrich uranium to 20 percent.
The agreement […]


Jan 16 2014 UN Tribunal For Hariri Assassination Trial Begins

NEW YORK - A U.N.-backed tribunal has opened the trial against four men accused in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
He died when a van packed with explosives blew up in Beirut, killing 21 other people and wounding more than 200 others.
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon began the trial Thursday in […]


Dec 16 2013 UN Airlifts Humanitarian Aid To Syria From Iraq

DAMASCUS - The United Nations is flying humanitarian aid from Iraq to northern Syria, where people already affected by more than two and a half years of fighting are dealing with harsh winter conditions.
The aid flights began Sunday and are due to continue for 10 days, bringing in tons of food, blankets and health supplies.
The […]


Dec 6 2013 UN Inspectors Set To Visit Iran Nuclear Plant

VIENNA - U.N. inspectors are scheduled to visit an Iranian plant on Sunday linked to a planned heavy-water reactor that could yield nuclear bomb fuel, taking up an initial gesture by Iran to open its disputed nuclear program up to greater scrutiny.
The increased transparency is one of the various spin-offs from a dramatic diplomatic rapprochement […]


Dec 3 2013 UN Investigators Implicate Assad For War Crimes

NEW YORK - The United Nations’ top human rights official says evidence collected by U.N. investigators implicates Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and members of his inner circle in crimes against humanity and war crimes.
U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said Monday the scale and viciousness of the abuses being perpetrated by both sides almost defies […]


Nov 30 2013 UN Warns Syrian Refugee Children Exceeds 1 Million

GENEVA - The United Nations warned Friday that many Syrian children are suffering from psychological stress, are not in school, and are living separately from parents as a result of the nearly three year-long crisis.
According to U.N. data, more than 1 million Syrian children are registered with the world deliberative body’s refugee agency, UNHCR, the […]


Nov 12 2013 UN Declares Philippines A Major Emergency

MANILA - International humanitarian officials are grappling with the challenges of trying to get help into the typhoon-ravaged Central Philippines while people on the ground grow more desperate for food, clean water and medicines. The United Nations is putting out a call for $301 million.
The United Nations says the greatest needs in the central part […]


Nov 11 2013 UN Reaches Nuclear Cooperation Deal With Iran

NEW YORK - The United Nations and Iran have announced an agreement to cooperate on resolving outstanding issues regarding the country’s nuclear program. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said critics of a separate bid to limit Iran’s nuclear activity need to let negotiations take their course.
Talks Monday between the head of the International […]


Oct 31 2013 US Denies Monitoring UN Communications

NEW YORK - The United Nations says it has received assurances from the U.S. government that U.N. communications networks “are not and will not be monitored’’ by American intelligence agencies.
But chief U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky would not comment Wednesday about whether the world body had been monitored in the past, as reported recently by the […]


Oct 29 2013 UN Confirms Polio Outbreak In Syria

NEW YORK - The World Health Organization says it has confirmed 10 cases of polio among young children in northeastern Syria, and it has expressed concern the disease could spread inside and outside the country.
The U.N. health agency said Tuesday that results from 12 other children with polio symptoms now being examined are expected within […]


Oct 27 2013 Pakistan Seeks To End US Drone Use At UN

NEW YORK - Pakistan’s U.N. ambassador has expressed his government’s opposition to the use of drones by the United States inside his country, saying it violates Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
 Pakistani Ambassador Masood Khan said Friday the use of armed remotely piloted aircraft, commonly called drones, is counterproductive in the war on terror because they kill, […]


Oct 27 2013 Germany, Brazil Draft UN Resolution Against US Spying

NEW YORK - Germany and Brazil say they are working on a draft United Nations General Assembly resolution that would guarantee people’s privacy in electronic communications.
 U.N. diplomats involved said German and Brazilian diplomats met with counterparts from Europe and Latin America Friday to discuss the resolution.
 The action follows a series of reports of alleged U.S. […]


Oct 18 2013 Saudi Arabia Turns Down Seat On UN Security Council

NEW YORK - Saudi Arabia has turned down a spot on the United Nations Security Council because of what it called double standards that are hampering the body’s effectiveness.
 The Saudi foreign ministry said on Friday that it would not join the 15-member Security Council until unspecified reforms were undertaken to allow it to “preserve the […]


Oct 8 2013 UN Chief Proposes New Mission For Syria

NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a new joint mission to oversee the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons program.
 In a letter to the U.N. Security Council, Ban’s proposal called for a mission of roughly 100 made up of personnel from the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical […]


Oct 2 2013 Torture And Abuse In Libya Prisons Following Overthrow Of Gadhafi

GENEVA - Torture and brutality are rife in Libyan prisons two years after the overthrow of leader Moammer Gadhafi in a revolution launched under the banner of freedom and justice, a U.N. report said on Tuesday.
 Around 8,000 prisoners are held without trial in government jails on suspicion of having fought for Gadhafi, while countless others […]


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