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UN soundly defeats US demand to extend arms embargo on Iran

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday resoundingly defeated a U.S. resolution to indefinitely extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, with the Trump administration getting support from only the Dominican Republic but vowing...

 

China goes after US over more than $1 billion owed to the UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China is going after the United States over more than $1 billion that the Trump administration owes the United Nations in unpaid dues for its regular operating budget and arrears for the separate budget for the U.N.'s...

 

UN chief: Gender inequality biggest human rights challenge

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Calling himself "a proud feminist," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lashed out at men who abuse power and declared before Sunday's observances of International Women's Day that the fight for gender equality is "the...

 

UN gives green light to draft treat to combat cybercrime

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Friday that will start the process of drafting a new international treaty to combat cybercrime over objections from the European Union, the United States and other countries....

 

UN condemns human rights abuses against Myanmar's Rohingya

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Friday strongly condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims and other minorities, including arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and deaths in detention. The...

 

UN official: Past decade has seen human rights `backlash'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The past decade has seen a backlash against human rights on every front, especially the rights of women and the LGBT communities, according to a top U.N. human rights official. Andrew Gilmour, the outgoing assistant...

 

US envoy: US has `other tools' if Iran's bad actions go on

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft warned Iran on Friday that the Trump administration will keep up its maximum pressure campaign and use "other tools" if Tehran continues its "malicious behavior." Craft also told her first press...

 

UN chief urges world leaders to listen to protesters' issues

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on protesters around the world Friday to follow champions of nonviolent change like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., and urged world leaders "to listen to the real...

 

Nobel laurate Jody Williams campaigns against killer robots

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams is helping lead a campaign for a new international treaty to ban killer weapons that can select targets and fire without decision-making by a human being. Williams said at a news conference...

 

Iranian president: US should end 'maximum pressure' policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the United States on Thursday to "cease this policy of maximum pressure" on his nation, saying it was driving the possibility of negotiations even further away. Rouhani stuck to his insistence...

 

Syria says it agrees to cease-fire in rebel stronghold

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's government said it has agreed to a conditional cease-fire starting late Thursday in northwestern Syria, according to state media. Government troops and allied Russia warplanes have been carrying out a three-month offe...

 

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...

 

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