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Veteran war crimes prosecutor urges reform of 'disappointing' United Nations

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Carla del Ponte reiterates her frustration at the lack of accountability for the horrendous crimes committed in Syria, where more than 360,000 people have been killed since the conflict erupted in 2011

El Salvador posts highest rate of women murdered in Latin America

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Femicide 'has a scope in El Salvador that is seen nowhere else in the region,' says the Gender Equality Observatory report of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon' – KCNA

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Korean Central News Agency says the test is successful but does not specify the type of device involved

TEST. North Korea's Kim Jong-un has supervised the testing of a 'high-tech' new weapon, according to recent reports. File photo by KCNA/AFP

Pence says Trump-Kim meeting likely after New Year

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Vice President Mike Pence insists US government would not repeat mistakes of the past where promises were broken

FRIENDS. US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. urges sustained sanctions pressure on North Korea

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:30 PM

In remarks at the opening of a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders, Vice President Mike Pence says America's regional 'partnership also includes our pressure campaign regarding' the North

Hamas announces ceasefire with Israel after worst escalation in years

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the military have yet to comment on the announcement

U.N. Security Council meets on Gaza violence

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour says the council is 'paralyzed' and has 'failed to shoulder its responsibility' to take action to end the violence

GAZA. This file photo shows the UN Security Council during a meeting. File photo from the United Nations

Ebola prevention measures make 'positive impact' in DR Congo

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'The fact that we have so far prevented Ebola from spreading into neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners,' says a WHO official

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Seoul says North Korea asked to delay Pompeo talks – report

Nov 08, 2018 - 1:39 PM

'The US told us that it received a message from the North to postpone the meeting,' says South Korean foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

US-NORTH KOREA. This handout photo taken on June 12, 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) leaving after a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. AFP PHOTO / The Straits Times / Kevin LIM

China rights record in spotlight at U.N. review

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:39 PM

According to estimates, as many as one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being kept in extrajudicial detention in China's fractious far western Xinjiang region

UN REVIEW. This photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows Uighurs riding through a sand storm, in China's western Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

United Kingdom to urge Security Council action over Yemen

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:17 AM

Conflict-ravaged Yemen is now a 'living hell' for children with thousands dying every year from malnutrition and easily preventable diseases, a top UN official says

YEMEN'S CHILDREN. Yemeni children suffering from a diphtheria infection receive treatment at a hospital in the capital Sanaa, on October 31, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

First aid since January reaches displaced Syrians near Jordan border

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'The UN and SARC are delivering humanitarian assistance to 50,000 people in need at Rukban camp in southeast Syria,' the UN says in a statement

BORDER. In this file photo taken on March 1, 2017, Syrian refugee patients from the makeshift Rukban camp, which lies in no-man's-land off the border between Syria and Jordan in the remote northeast, cross over to visit a UN-operated medical clinic immediately on the Jordanian-side for checkups. File photo by Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

South Korea president says North's Kim to visit Seoul 'soon'

Nov 01, 2018 - 3:47 PM

'Chairman Kim Jong-un's return visit to Seoul will happen soon,' says South Korean President Moon Jae-in

SEOUL VISIT? In this file photo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) walk together during a welcoming ceremony at Pyongyang airport on September 18, 2018. AFP PHOTO/Pyeongyang Press Corps

PH govt asked to vote against Cuba blockade

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:22 PM

PhilCuba says the blockade is an irrational, inhumane policy

Koreas remove guns from Cold War truce village

Oct 25, 2018 - 1:27 PM

The Joint Security Area – also known as the truce village of Panmunjeom – has historically been both a flashpoint and a key location for diplomacy between the two Koreas ever since their split in 1953

THE KOREAS. In this photo taken on June 2, 2017, a North Korean soldier walks up steps toward Panmon hall on the north side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, before the South Korea and US-controlled Freedom House (rear) within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

'Ongoing genocide' against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims – U.N.

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Marzuki Darusman, chair of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, says that beyond mass killings, the conflict include the ostracization of the targeted population, prevention of births, and widespread displacement in camps

CRISIS. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Rights group pushes for U.N. convention to protect journalists

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:21 PM

An initial meeting at UN headquarters brings together 15 countries, including Greece, Russia, Pakistan, Peru, Italy and Tunisia, International Federation of Journalists head Anthony Bellanger says

STANDING UP FOR JOURNALISTS. Members of the International Federation of Journalists at the United Nations. Image from ifj.org

Koreas, U.N. Command agree to demilitarize part of border

Oct 22, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The two Koreas and the US-led United Nations Command agree 'to carry out measures to withdraw firearms and guard posts at the Joint Security Area (JSA) by October 25,' says Seoul's defense ministry statement

In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. In the Demilitarized Zone that has divided the two Koreas for decades, the two sides come face to face -- along with the contradictory narratives that will underlie a summit at the site on April 27. South Korean guards chosen for their height and looks, and sporting aviator sunglasses stand stern and unmoving outside the blue huts of the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, only metres from North Korean positions. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH SKorea-Nkorea-US-conflict-diplomacy, FOCUS by Sunghee Hwang and Sebastien Berger

Palestinians win U.N. backing to lead developing country bloc

Oct 17, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The United States, Israel and Australia are the only 3 countries to oppose the measure in the 193-nation assembly

UN. In this file photo, Palestinians are silhouetted as they walk in front of a large national flag during a rally in Gaza City on December 7, 2013. File photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

U.N. Security Council asked to meet on Myanmar atrocities report

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The request is likely to run into opposition from China, which has friendly ties with Myanmar's military and has sought to shield Myanmar from action by the Security Council

Koreas and U.N. Command begin talks on demilitarizing border

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:14 AM

South and North Korea have agreed to take measures to ease military tensions on their border at a meeting in Pyongyang in September between President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un

PANMUNJEOM. In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

3 million Afghans in 'urgent' need of food – U.N.

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:02 PM

A dry spell mainly across northern and western Afghanistan has devastated crops, livestock and water supplies, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes

This photograph taken on October 8, 2017 Afghan children collecting firewood for their family on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif. / AFP PHOTO / FARSHAD USYAN

UN chief tours tsunami-hit Indonesian city as survivors pray

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:07 PM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres toured Balaroa, where barely a vertical structure remained

Indonesian Muslims hold a mass prayer at Talise village in Palu on October 12, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami that hit the area. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on October 12 visited the disaster-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu, where an earthquake and tsunami killed 2,000 people and left thousands more missing, presumed dead. YUSUF WAHIL / AFP

U.N. envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:48 AM

A senior official says envoy Nickolay Mladenov has 'gone beyond his role' in seeking agreements between Israel and rival Palestinian faction Hamas, which controls Gaza

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Planned Kim summit narrowed down to 3 or 4 locations – Trump

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Trump said in terms of timing, the summit 'won't be too far away,' later telling reporters it would take place after the November 6 midterm elections

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump speaks at a signing ceremony with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Nikki Haley suddenly resigns as Trump's UN ambassador

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Meeting Haley in the Oval Office, Trump says that she had done a 'fantastic job' and would leave at the end of the year

RESIGNED. File photo shows United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking at a UN Security Council meeting. Photo by Kena Betancur

North Korea wants Pope to visit, South to tell Vatican

Oct 09, 2018 - 6:34 PM

'During the meeting with Pope Francis, [Moon Jae-in] will relay the message from chairman Kim Jong-un that he would ardently welcome the pope if he visits Pyongyang,' says Moon's spokesperson

POPE IN NORTH KOREA? In this file photo, Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican.  File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

U.N. warns paradigm shift needed to avert global climate chaos

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:56 AM

'Things that scientists have been saying would happen further in the future are happening now,' Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, says

Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit 'at earliest date'

Oct 07, 2018 - 1:40 PM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also discuss denuclearization steps

FRIENDS. US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Pompeo eyes progress over Trump-Kim summit on Asia trip

Oct 06, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also promises to bring up with strongman Kim Jong-un the matter of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago, which is a huge issue domestically in Japan

HISTORIC. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

India to deport Rohingya to Myanmar, despite UN concern

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:00 AM

The United Nations warns India that returning the men ignores the persecution they faced in Myanmar, and is a "flagrant denial" of their right to protection

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

North Korea says peace treaty no bargaining chip for denuclearization

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:01 PM

State news agency KCNA says in a commentary that some US experts have suggested trading the end of the war for denuclearization.

BARGAIN. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.N. General Assembly meeting spotlights the ‘press behind bars’

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:22 PM

The Committee to Protect Journalists and the UN denounce record number of jailed journalists

PRESS FREEDOM. A young Timorese reads a local newspaper. Photo by Martine Perret/UN Photo

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Trump says he and Kim Jong Un 'in love'

Sep 30, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'He wrote me beautiful letters and they're great letters. We fell in love,' says US President Donald Trump

HISTORIC. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.N. report on global warming target puts governments on the spot

Sep 30, 2018 - 10:27 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This will be one of the most important meetings in IPCC history,' says Hoesung Lee, chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

North Korea says 'no way' it will disarm without trust in U.S.

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:18 AM

'The recent deadlock is because the US relies on coercive measures which are lethal to trust-building,' North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho tells the UN General Assembly

NORTH KOREA IN UN. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho addresses the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on September 29, 2018, at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Syria calls on U.S., French, Turkish forces to 'withdraw immediately'

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:02 AM

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem says Damascus would continue 'fighting this sacred battle until we purge all Syrian territories' of both terror groups and 'any illegal foreign presence'

Saudi Arabia, allies slam 'biased' U.N. resolution on Yemen

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:54 PM

It comes after the UN Human Rights Council voted to extend an international probe of alleged war crimes committed in Yemen by both the Saudi-led coalition and the Shiite Huthi rebels

Abbas rejects 'biased' U.S. as sole Mideast mediator

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas says Donald Trump has forfeited his right to be regarded as a neutral broker

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

Israel PM lashes at Iran, claims secret atomic warehouse

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Iran 'hasn't abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons,' Benjamin Netanyahu tells the UN General Assembly

IRAN DEAL. This combination of pictures created on February 18, 2018 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) as they attend the Munich Security Conference on February 18, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. File photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

HOAX: US Ambassador Nikki Haley 'quote' on Duterte

Sep 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

This is a resurfaced claim from 2017. The US ambassador didn't say “we must give Duterte space to run the nation.”

New U.N. panel to prepare indictments over Myanmar atrocities

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Only 3 of the council's 47 members voted against the resolution: Philippines, China, and Burundi. Thirty-five voted in favor, while the rest either abstained or refrained from casting a vote.

UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. General view of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council during the presentation of report by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, on March 13, 2018 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Researchers see encouraging results in development of TB vaccine

Sep 27, 2018 - 3:27 PM

While the results of the M72/AS01 vaccine represent a 'landmark moment,' there is still much work to be done, such as testing in a larger number of people

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Yemen president at U.N. dismisses talks with Huthis

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:41 PM

'All attempts at peace that are made with this group are doomed to fail,' President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi tells the UN General Assembly

NO PEACE TALKS? Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Filipina tagged by gov't as 'terrorist' wins UN's highest environmental award

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Joan Carling joins French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as recipients of the 2018 Champions of the Earth award

'CHAMPION TO COMMUNITIES.' Joan Carling is among the recipients of the United Nations' 2018 'Champions of the Earth' award. Photo from Joan Carling's Facebook page

Top U.S. diplomat to return to North Korea as Trump hails Kim

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accepted an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to return to Pyongyang in October to move ahead on efforts for 'the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK'

Trump says refused to meet Canada's Trudeau at U.N.

Sep 27, 2018 - 8:43 AM

'I must be honest with you, we're not getting along with their negotiators we think their negotiators have taken advantage of our country for a long time,' US President Donald Trump says of Canada's trade negotiators

NAFTA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on January 14, 2018. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP