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UN report: Climate change is undermining poverty eradication

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Hunger is growing and the world is not on track to end extreme poverty by 2030 and meet other U.N. goals, mainly because progress is being undermined by the impact of climate change and increasing inequality, a U.N. report...

 

North Korea: Trump tries to undermine peace with sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Three days after the U.S. and North Korean leaders held a historic third meeting, North Korea's U.N. Mission accused the Trump administration Wednesday of talking about dialogue but being "more and more hell bent" on hostile...

 

Key US official on Mideast peace addresses Security Council

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key architect of the long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace warned Wednesday that "nothing can be meaningfully fixed" until Gaza's Hamas rulers and Palestinian Islamic Jihad renounce their vows to destroy Israe...

 

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

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — 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 of its neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region....

 

Pence says US wants Maduro out and 'all options' on table

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the Security Council on Wednesday the Trump administration is determined to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power in Venezuela, preferably through diplomatic and economic pressure,...

 

Angelina Jolie: Fighting for women and justice are crucial

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actress and activist Angelina Jolie says promoting equality for women, combatting injustice, and helping refugees are the most important parts of her life after her six children. "But in many ways, they go hand in hand," she...

 

Venezuela backtracks on order to expel US diplomats

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — 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 a...

 

US concerned at reported Nigerian election intimidation

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Thursday that Nigeria's upcoming national elections will be "a critical test of democracy" in the country and the region, and expressed concern at reports of intimidation and partisanship by government...

 

US urges UN to ban Iran nuclear missiles, keep arms embargo

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to again ban Iranian ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and to maintain an arms embargo that is scheduled to be lifted in...

 

UN says 8 peacekeepers killed in fight against Congo rebels

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Eight U.N. peacekeepers and at least 12 Congolese soldiers were killed in a joint military operation against rebels in Congo's northeast, which is facing a deadly Ebola outbreak, the U.N. Security Council said late Thursday....

 

UN says Syria is blocking efforts to draft new constitution

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria urged its close ally Russia and world leaders on Friday to try to overcome President Bashar Assad's opposition to the formation of a committee to draft a new constitution that is key to ending the...

 

Haley became a popular UN diplomat despite Trump policies

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nikki Haley came to her job as the top U.S. diplomat at the United Nations with no foreign policy experience, but in less than two years she made many friends — even among ambassadors from countries at odds with the Trump...

 

Iran says US wants to overthrow govt, rejects two-way talks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Tuesday of trying to overthrow his government, rejecting bilateral talks after President Donald Trump denounced Iran's leaders and predicted stepped-up U.S. sanctio...

 

In most global of settings, UN ponders populism's problems

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Warning that the world has a bad case of "trust deficit disorder" and risks "runaway climate change," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged global leaders Tuesday to abandon unilateralism and reinvigorate cooperation a...

 

World leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting of world leaders Monday and will try once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing threats...

 

Mandela's widow urges world: put egos aside and end violence

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nelson Mandela's widow challenged world leaders celebrating his life on Monday to put their egos and partisan politics aside and honor his legacy by ending the "senseless violence" plaguing too much of the world. "History...

 

Russia holds up release of report on North Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia said Thursday it is holding up release of a report by U.N. experts who said North Korea is violating U.N. sanctions including by not stopping its nuclear and missile programs and by "a massive increase in illicit...

 

US urges 'enduring defeat' of IS, offers force if necessary

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged all countries on Thursday to ensure that the Islamic State extremist group faces "an enduring defeat" and said the United States will deepen partnerships with countries fighting terrorism...

 

Annan's legacy of fighting for equality and rights lives on

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kofi Annan left the United Nations far more committed than it had been to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights — and until his death Saturday he was speaking out strongly for nations working...

 

UN says an estimated 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans had fled the crisis-wracked country as of June, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, the United Nations said Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that those...

 

UN diplomats: Russia and China block US on North Korea oil

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China blocked the United States on Thursday from getting the United Nations to publicly accuse North Korea of smuggling in refined petroleum products beyond the annual quota of 500,000 barrels allowed under U.N....

 

US: Security Council united on denuclearizing North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Friday that the U.N. Security Council is united on the need for the fully verified denuclearization of North Korea, and he urged all countries — especially Russia and China ...

 

US accuses North Korea of illegally smuggling oil products

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States says North Korea is illegally smuggling refined petroleum products into the country beyond the quota of 500,000 barrels per year allowed under U.N. sanctions. U.S. documents sent to the U.N. Security Council...

 

UN: 1 in 4 children live in country of conflict or disaster

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A quarter of the world's children — about 535 million — are living in a country affected by conflict or disaster, the head of the U.N. children's agency said Monday. Henrietta Fore told a Security Council meeting on...

 

Trump, top Iran diplomat trade threats as US decision nears

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump and Iran's top diplomat traded sharp warnings on Tuesday, with Trump threatening "bigger problems" than ever if Tehran restarts its nuclear program. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif put the president on...

 

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