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In first, U.N. Security Council approves resolutions remotely

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:16 AM

The virtual votes temporarily end the famous spectacle of the Security Council, where diplomats theatrically raise their hands to vote or veto and can take advantage of the cameras to passionately attack other countries

MEETING. The United Nations Security Council meets on Venezuela, January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

As virus spreads, U.N. appeal for ceasefires gets worldwide positive response

Mar 27, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Armed groups in Cameroon, the Philippines, Yemen and Syria move to reduce violence as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appeals for ceasefire

LESS VIOLENCE. In this file photo The United Nations flag is seen is seen during the Climate Action Summit 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

U.N. Security Council stalemate over coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Russia repeatedly opposes 'virtual' meetings by video to allow voting sessions. One diplomat describes the Russian stance as 'idiotic.'

STALEMATE. The United Nations flag waves outside the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Trump aide curbed access to Ukraine call, fearing fallout

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:23 PM

White House's Ukraine expert Timothy Morrison says, however, the summary of the July 25 call had been placed on a highly classified system due to a 'mistake' by White House staff

TESTIMONY. Tim Morrison, the top Russia and Europe adviser on President Donald Trump's National Security Council, arrives to review his testimony in the impeachment inquiry at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 6, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. requests UN Security Council meeting on Iran – diplomats

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:38 AM

The meeting will deal with the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and the downing of a US reconnaissance drone

(FILES) A file picture taken on May 10, 2019 shows Iranian demonstrators gesturing around a mask depicting US President Donald Trump during a rally in Tehran. - Trump issued an ominous warning to Iran on May 19, 2019, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Shops reopen as Sudan generals, protesters agree to talk

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM

But the main gold market in central Khartoum remains shut, and many residents still prefer to remain indoors given the heavy deployment of security forces across the capital

BREAKTHROUGH. Residents of Khartoum queue outside a bank to withdraw money in the Sudanese capital on June 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

Iran says no talks with U.S. 'under any circumstances'

May 23, 2019 - 11:02 PM

(UPDATED) Keyvan Khosravi, spokesman of the Supreme National Security Council, says there has been an uptick in official delegations travelling to Tehran from various capitals, although 'most of them are coming on behalf of America'

World powers demand halt to Libya advance

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar launches an offensive to take the capital held by a UN-backed unity government and an array of militias

U.N. council hails Central Africa peace deal as important step

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:13 AM

In a unanimous statement, the United Nations Security Council welcomes the deal and urges all sides to implement it 'in good faith and without delay'

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

U.N. envoy on first Yemen port city visit after truce

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:03 PM

A UN official says Martin Griffiths is in the Red Sea port city to oversee the truce deal's implementation and 'follow up on preparations' for a new monitoring mission

YEMEN TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is pictured upon his arrival at Sanaa International airport on January 5, 2019. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

White House sought military strike against Iran

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The report says the move came after a mortar attack launched by an Iran-linked group on the Baghdad diplomatic quarters home to the US embassy in September.

STRIKING IRAN. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Russia raises North Korea sanctions at UN Security Council

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Russia requests for a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council

SECURITY COUNCIL. This file photo shows a view of the UN Security Council, the most powerful and exclusive organ of the United Nations. UN file photo/JC McIlwaine

U.S. must act, but not rush decision on Syria – Haley

Apr 13, 2018 - 11:03 PM

'You don't rush decisions like this, says US Ambassador Nikki Haley about plan to launch military action on Syria

NO RUSH. File photo of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley  Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Mining firms supplying communists with bombs to lose license – Duterte

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

President Duterte also orders that personnel of the military or police found violating rules on explosives 'face automatic expulsion'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

Feb 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The measure, however, did not specify when the truce would go into force beyond saying it should be 'without delay'

SECURITY COUNCIL. The UNSC unanimously votes to back a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by Kim Haughton/United Nations

Death toll in Syria enclave tops 500 after UN delays truce vote

Feb 24, 2018 - 6:27 PM

(UPDATED) At least 29 civilians have been killed in fresh strikes on Eastern Ghouta on Saturday, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

FRESH STRIKES. Smoke billows following a regime air strike on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late on February 23, 2018. Photo by Ammar Suleiman/AFP

The week in photos: February 17-23, 2018

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:21 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A cow is prepared for a photo shooting during the 45th edition of the Show of the Best" (Schau der Besten) dairy cow beauty pageant on February 22, 2018 in Verden an der Aller, northwestern Germany. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Carmen Jaspersen / Germany OUT

Syria regime strikes kill 6 civilians in Ghouta – monitor

Feb 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

President Bashar al-Assad's regime intensifies its bombardment of the besieged region outside Damascus

DESTROYED. Members of the Syrian Civil Defense search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Former UN chief Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Kofi Annan, who led an advisory commission to the Myanmar government, says world powers must work with the country's military and civilian leaders to end the refugee crisis

ROHINGYAS. Former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan speaks at the 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Tomas Kienzle/AFP

U.S. formally requests UN vote Monday on North Korea

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Washington has presented a draft UN resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea an assets freeze on Kim Jong Un a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers

China's Xi calls for South Korea ties to get back on track

May 19, 2017 - 1:43 PM

We re willing to work with South Korea to preserve the hard won results properly handle disputes put China South Korea relations back onto a normal track says Chinese President Xi Jinping

CHINA'S MOST POWERUL. Chinese President Xi Jinping in Belgrade on June 18, 2016. Oliver Bunic/AFP

Pentagon chief warns Syria against using chemical weapons

Apr 21, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Mattis makes the comments during a one day visit for talks with Israeli leaders who strongly supported a recent US strike against a Syrian airbase in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack on a rebel held town

MATTIS ON SYRIA. US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defence ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Trump strategist Bannon dropped from National Security Council

Apr 06, 2017 - 12:45 AM

UPDATED A White House official says the move resulted from a reorganization by Trump s new national security advisor Lieutenant General HR McMaster

STEVE BANNON. White House advisor Steve Bannon makes remarks during a discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, February 23, 2017. File photo by Mike Theiler / AFP

Trump loses pick for top security advisor

Feb 17, 2017 - 7:54 PM

Retired Navy Admiral Robert Harward says he bowed out because of family and financial commitments US media outlets report he was unhappy because he had no guarantees that the National Security Council would be in charge of policy

ROBERT HARWARD. This file photo from May 27, 2012 shows Jordan's Prince Faisal (L), Army's head of operations and training Major General Awni Adwan (C) and deputy commander of US Central Command, US Navy Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward (R) at the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center in Amman on May 27, 2012. File photo by Khalil Mazraawi / AFP

Questions and answers on Israeli settlements

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:26 PM

The UN Security Council has recently passed a landmark resolution condemning Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank

SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on October 2, 2016 shows a general view of an Israeli building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

UN Security Council postpones vote on Israeli settlements – diplomats

Dec 22, 2016 - 11:41 PM

Egypt requests the delay to allow time for consultations on a resolution that will demand Israel to halt its settlement activities in the Palestinian territories and east Jerusalem

Loren wants security briefing at presidential situation room

Sep 22, 2016 - 8:11 PM

The senator commits to lobby for the increase of the National Security Council s budget from P147 million to P235 million

SECURITY ISSUE. Senator Loren Legarda opts for a private briefing from the National Security Council

NSA Esperon shrugs off 'oust Duterte' plot

Sep 22, 2016 - 5:29 PM

I have some reports but I will not classify them into actions that would merit an attempt to topple the government says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

NO CREDIBLE THREAT. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/

Saudi coalition, Huthis violate rights in Yemen – UN report

Aug 05, 2016 - 12:02 PM

The actions amount to violations of international humanitarian law according to the report by a panel of experts

YOUNG CASUALTY. The grave of Yemeni child Bilal al-Asadi, who was killed in a Saudi-led airstrike that hit his family's house, is shown on International Day of Innocent Child Victims of Aggression, in Yemen, June 4, 2016. File photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Duterte at 1st NSC meeting: From focused to funny

Jul 28, 2016 - 8:58 PM

Meetings with the highest official of the country are sure to be both entertaining and educational say senators who attended the National Security Council meeting in Malacañang

IN FULL FORCE. (Second from left to right) Former presidents Gloria Mapacagal-Arroyo, Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, and Benigno Aquino III attend the National Security Council meeting on July 27, 2016. Photo from Malacañang

Duterte thanks Aquino for 'ace card' Hague ruling

Jul 28, 2016 - 8:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he asked the country s past leaders for advice on how to proceed in the maritime dispute Arroyo and Estrada recommended caution

CONSULTING HIS 'ELDERS.' President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the National Security Council meeting during which he consults with 4 former Philippine presidents on the West Philippine Sea dispute. KIWI BULACLAC/PPD

Aquino, Arroyo snub each other at NSC meeting

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:34 PM

UPDATED An awkward encounter between the two former presidents in Malacañang brings to mind another cringe worthy incident involving them 6 years earlier

'POWER RANGERS.' President Duterte poses with all 4 living former presidents, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Fidel Ramos, and Benigno Aquino III. Photo from Presidential Photographers' Division

Aquino, Arroyo attend NSC meeting on Hague ruling

Jul 27, 2016 - 4:49 PM

Former presidents Benigno Aquino III and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo set aside their differences to join President Rodrigo Duterte in his first National Security Council meeting

IN FULL FORCE. (Second front left to right) Former presidents Gloria Mapacagal-Arroyo, Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, and Benigno Aquino III attend the National Security Council meeting on July 27, 2016. Malacanang photo release

Hague ruling tops agenda in Duterte's 1st NSC meeting

Jul 27, 2016 - 11:50 AM

The National Security Council will also take up the government s peace roadmap and the war on illegal drugs

SECURITY MATTERS. President Rodrigo R. Duterte is welcomed by Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Mayoralgo dela Cruz during his arrival at Edwin Andrews Airbase in Zamboanga City on July 21. KIWI BULACLAC/PPD

UN approves deal for Italy, Netherlands to share Council seat

Jul 01, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Italy will take up the seat on January 1 2017 and then make way for the Netherlands in 2018

epa05400168 Dutch Ambassador to the United Nations Karel van Oosterom (L) and Italian Ambassador to the United Nations Sebastiano Cardi (R) react after a voting round for the last seat as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, during the 70th General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA, 30 June 2016. Italy and the Netherlands agreed on a split-term before the General Assembly voted for Italy. The UN General Assembly on 28 June voted on four of five non-permanent seats on the Security Council which will be elected to two-year terms on the Council. EPA/JASON SZENES

US presses Xi on South China Sea non-militarization

Feb 27, 2016 - 11:36 AM

We re going to encourage our Chinese friends and other countries in the region to refrain from taking steps that raise tensions says National Security Council s Daniel Kritenbrink

SOUTH CHINA SEA. In this file photo, US President Barack Obama (R) and President of China Xi Jinping (L) participate in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, September 25, 2015. Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Russia pledges more Syria raids, opposition sets truce terms

Feb 21, 2016 - 1:09 AM

Russia pledges to continue to back Syrian government forces again ‘terrorism’ while UN led ceasefire talks scheduled for Saturday have been moved to an unspecified date

AFTERMATH. Syrian boys run past a destroyed field hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 29 October 2015 by forces loyal to the Syrian government. File photo by Mohammed Badra / EPA

Russia says 'regrets' UN rejection to rein in Turkey over Syria

Feb 20, 2016 - 6:44 PM

The Kremlin adds that Russia is set to continue its support for Syrian President Bashar al Assad s ground offensive against terrorist organizations

In this file photo, people walk across Red Square, with the Kremlin's Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower (R) and St. Basil's Cathedral (L) seen in the background, in central Moscow on December 22, 2015. Vasily Maximov/AFP

Main Syrian opposition to join Geneva peace talks

Jan 30, 2016 - 8:31 AM

Backed by external powers embroiled in Syria s war the talks are seeking to end a conflict that has killed more than 260 000 people and fueled the meteoric rise of the extremist Islamic State group

'POLITICAL PROCESS.' Satellite trucks stand in front the United Nations Office during the round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 2016. Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA

Malaysia security law attacked as lurch toward 'dictatorship'

Dec 04, 2015 - 1:22 PM

Malaysia s parliament passes the National Security Council Bill just two days after it was tabled spurring opposition accusations that it was quickly rammed through to thwart scrutiny and debate

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during a 2015 Budget review in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 20 January 2015. Photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA

Japan's top security envoy to visit China

Jul 15, 2015 - 10:15 PM

Shotaro Yachi the head of Japan s National Security Council visits Beijing from July 16 to 19

EU welcomes Libya's UN deal as step toward stability

Jul 12, 2015 - 9:58 PM

The UN Security Council has urged Libyan factions to sign a proposal in a bid to stem rising violence and the spread of radical organizations

Widespread outrage after ISIS bulldozes ancient Iraq city

Mar 07, 2015 - 10:32 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon calling the destruction a war crime urges political and religious leaders in the region to speak out in condemnation of these unacceptable attacks

NIMRUD. An Iraqi worker cleans up the archaeological site of Nimrud, south of Mosul in northern Iraq, 21 April 2001. Nimrud was built in the 13th century B.C. during Mesopotamia's Assyrian era. Excavations, carried on since the mid-19th century, have revealed remarkable finds, including the palace of King Shalmaneser III (statues in picture). File Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Binay to Aquino: Convene meeting on national security

Feb 18, 2015 - 2:43 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay urges the President to convene the National Security Council to assess the national peace and security situation amid clashes in Mindanao

DISPLACED. People displaced by fighting sleep at an evacuation center. Photo courtesy Ferdinandh Cabrera

Arab League to discuss failed Palestinian UN bid Jan 15

Jan 07, 2015 - 10:08 PM

The meeting will review a number of issues the main one being the developments regarding the Palestinian case especially after failing to pass the UN bid Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Helly tells reporters

In this file photo, Representatives of the Arab League attend an emergency meeting to discuss the conflict in Libya, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

China fails in bid to block UN meeting on North Korea

Dec 23, 2014 - 6:56 AM

Pyongyang s ally says the Security Council is not the forum to discuss human rights issues

UN Security Council Meeting. File photo from the United Nations

North Korea faces UN Security Council scrutiny

Dec 21, 2014 - 10:14 AM

The top UN body has focused on North Korea s nuclear program as a security threat but the scope has widened to human rights

UN Security Council Meeting. File photo from the United Nations

US slaps sanctions on 12 'terrorist' group supporters

Sep 26, 2014 - 9:28 AM

The sanctions would see any US assets belonging to those affected frozen while any transactions with US persons would be prohibited

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, 24 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Cia Pak/UN Photo

US warns 'provocative' Russia as Ukraine tensions rise

Aug 16, 2014 - 10:40 AM

UPDATED Russia has no right to send vehicles persons or cargo of any kind into Ukraine under any pretext without the government of Ukraine s permission a US official says

'PROVOCATIVE.' Russian armored vehicles with servicemen atop on a road outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in Rostov region, about 30 km from the Russian-Ukrainian border, Russia, August 15, 2014. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

Jun 27, 2014 - 8:29 AM

The proposed fund would serve vetted elements of the Syrian armed opposition to help defend the Syrian people the White House says