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U.S. killing of Iran's top general 'unlawful' – U.N. expert

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, concludes it is an 'arbitrary killing' that violated the UN charter

QASEM SOLEIMANI. An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force. File photo by IRIB TV/AFP

U.N. adopts resolution calling for pandemic-related halt to conflicts

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:12 AM

It is the UN Security Council's first statement on the pandemic and its first real action since the outbreak started

FIRST STATEMENT. In this file photo on April 28, 2017, the UN Security Council holds a ministerial-level meeting. File photo courtesy of UN

Tourism faces minimum $1.2-trillion hit from virus – U.N.

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The world's tourism sector could lose $1.2 trillion due to the coronavirus pandemic – but that's not yet the worst-case scenario

HOLIDAY ISLAND. An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsula along the western coast of Cyprus on May 31, 2020. Photo by Etienne Torbey/AFP

U.N. rights chief slams virus response in China, Russia, U.S.

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:11 PM

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says it is vital for leaders to maintain 'consistent, credible, and fact-based communication' with citizens

COVID-19 IN RUSSIA. A medical staff gets out from a tent of a testing point for COVID-19 in central Moscow on May 2, 2020. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

LIVE: U.N. rights office presents PH situation report to Human Rights Council

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Watch Michelle Bachelet of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents the comprehensive report on Tuesday, June 30, at 4:30 pm Manila time

South Korea, U.S. mark 70th anniversary of Korean War

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:04 PM

The fighting ended with an armistice that was never replaced by a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula divided by the Demilitarized Zone and the two Koreas still technically at war

(FILES) This file handout photo from the National Archives taken on July 18, 1950 at an undisclosed location shows US Army soldiers of the 24th Infantry Regiment loaded on trucks for transport up to the firing line during the Korean War. - Millions of people were swept apart by the 1950-53 Korean War, which separated brothers and sisters, parents and children and husbands and wives. The Korean peninsula marks the 70th anniversary of the war on June 25, 2020. (Photo by Handout / National Archives / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NATIONAL ARCHIVES" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Millions of migrant workers head home due to virus – U.N.

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Migrant workers were left exceptionally exposed to the virus and the economic shutdown it triggered, says the United Nations' International Labour Organization

'SOCIAL DISTANCING.' In this file photo, migrant workers eat in the dining area onboard the SuperStar Gemini cruise ship, used to accommodate foreign workers who have recovered from COVID-19, at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre terminal in Singapore on May 23, 2020. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

North Korea's Kim suspends military plans against South – KCNA

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:44 AM

The North also begin removing loudspeakers from border areas, which they had started setting up just two days ago to broadcast anti-South propaganda

Virus pushing millions of South Asia children into poverty, says U.N.

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:15 PM

South Asia – which includes India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Bhutan – is home to some 600 million children, with around 240 million already living in poverty

COVID-19 IN PAKISTAN. In this file photo, children sell face masks on a street after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19, in Rawalpindi on May 16, 2020. File photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

Ex-Trump aide Bolton says North Korea's Kim laughing at U.S. president

Jun 22, 2020 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Former US national security advisor John Bolton also says he does not consider Trump to be fit for office and hopes he is a one-term president

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) on June 30, 2019, in Panmunjom, Korea.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

U.N. resolution condemns systemic racism without naming U.S.

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:53 PM

An initially strongly-worded text proposed earlier this week is watered down, first to remove the call for an international probe, and finally to strip away any mention of the United States

UN RESOLUTION. General view of the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 13, 2018, in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. nuclear watchdog passes resolution criticizing Iran

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:17 PM

The resolution urges Tehran to provide inspectors from the IAEA with access to two sites in Iran in order to clarify whether undeclared nuclear activity took place there in the early 2000s

India, Mexico, Norway, Ireland elected to U.N. Security Council

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:34 AM

India will now have a seat at the same table as China, just days after the two nations disputed their Himalayan border

NORTH KOREA. The UN Security Council on April 28, 2017, holds a ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Photo courtesy of UN

Floyd's brother tells U.N. 'black lives do not matter' in U.S.

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 PM

'You in the United Nations are your brothers' and sisters' keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd,' says Philonise Floyd

PROBE. George Floyd's brother Philonise is seen on a TV screen during his speech at the opening of an urgent debate on 'systemic racism' in the United States and beyond at the Human Rights Council on June 17, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

7 nations vying for 5 U.N. Security Council seats

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Hoping to woo delegates, both Canada and Ireland have brought out superstar power with Celine Dion and Bono, respectively

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

Kim Yo Jong: North Korean leader's increasingly powerful sister

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:16 AM

The North has never had a woman leader but speculation swirls over Yo Jong as a potential successor in the event of the death of her brother

POWER. Kim Yo Jong (right), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sibling, talks with South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (not pictured) upon her arrival at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on February 9, 2018, to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Dong-A Ilbo / AFP

Iran warns against U.N. nuclear watchdog resolution

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Diplomats say the resolution will call on Iran to provide access to two locations where past nuclear activity may have occurred – sites to which the IAEA has been trying to gain access for months

IRAN AND THE IAEA. Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attends the IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on November 21, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

U.N. rights council agrees to urgent debate on racism, police violence

Jun 15, 2020 - 7:14 PM

It is only the fifth time in the council's 14-year history that it has agreed to hold an 'urgent debate,' which is a special debate agreed upon within a regular session of the council

UNHRC. The UN's top rights body agrees to a request from African countries to urgently debate racism and police brutality. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

North Korea denounces U.S. two years after Singapore summit

Jun 12, 2020 - 4:37 PM

The latest broadside contains some of the harshest criticism Pyongyang has sent Washington's way in recent months, and casts doubt over the future of the two sides' long-stalled nuclear talks process

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore in June 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.N. General Assembly will be virtual for the first time

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:43 PM

The UN General Assembly is the world's largest diplomatic gathering, and entails hundreds of side events and bilateral or multilateral meetings of world leaders. It has never been cancelled since the United Nations was founded in 1945.

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U.N. accuses Asian nations of censorship during pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:32 PM

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says arrests 'for expressing discontent or allegedly spreading false information through the press and social media' have been reported in the Philippines and 11 other countries

'Endemic racial discrimination' exposed in U.S. – U.N. rights chief

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:03 PM

'This virus is exposing endemic inequalities that have too long been ignored,' says Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session on February 24, 2020 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

China faces mounting pressure over Hong Kong security law

May 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The US, Britain, Canada, and Australia lead criticism of the planned law, which would punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and acts that endanger national security

PRESSURE. Riot police detain a group of people during a protest in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China refuses UN Security Council meeting on Hong Kong

May 28, 2020 - 10:56 AM

'This is another example of the Chinese Communist Party's fear of transparency and international accountability for its actions,' Washington's UN mission says

BLACK FLAG. In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019, a protester waves a "Black Bauhinia" flag as others set up barricades at Lung Wo road outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

North Korea discusses new policies for increasing 'nuclear war deterrence' – KCNA

May 24, 2020 - 9:15 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un discusses with the Central Military Commission 'crucial measures... for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability' of the military

IN HONOR. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2020. Photo by KIM Won Jin/AFP  IN HONOR. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2020. Photo by KIM Won Jin/AFP

AIDS deaths could double in sub-Saharan Africa due to COVID-19 – U.N.

May 12, 2020 - 12:37 AM

A six-month disruption of antiretroviral therapy due to the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to more than 500,000 extra deaths in the region in 2020-2021, according to the WHO and UNAIDS

Syrian fighters upping attacks on civilians during pandemic – UN

May 09, 2020 - 12:36 PM

There have been reports of targeted killings and bombings in Syria, many of which take place in populated areas

A Syrian Red Crescent member sprays disinfectant along an alley of the historic Hamidiyah souk (market) in the old city of Syria's capital Damascus on March 22, 2020, as part of efforts against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by LOUAI BESHARA / AFP)

U.S. prevents UN Council vote on pandemic truce – diplomats

May 09, 2020 - 9:16 AM

The US delegation in the UN Security Council says that their country cannot support the draft resolution calling for a ceasefire

UNITED NATIONS. 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

Shortages of virus test materials 'critical' – U.N. lab chief

May 08, 2020 - 10:58 PM

The International Atomic Energy Agency has received requests from 119 member states for test equipment to supply more than 200 laboratories. Of them, 18 have already received supplies, including the Philippines.

'CRITICAL' SHORTAGE. Giovanni Cattoli, head of the joint FAO/IAEA Animal Production and Health Laboratory, shows test kits sent to IAEA member countries that enable them to run real time RT-PCR tests to detect whether a person has been infected with COVID-19, at the IAEA's Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, on May 7, 2020. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

North Korea lashes South as Kim praises China's Xi

May 08, 2020 - 12:50 PM

Kim Jong-un sends Chinese leader Xi Jinping a diplomatic communication congratulating him for China's 'success' in controlling the novel coronavirus epidemic

KIM JONG-UN. A woman walks past a television news screen showing a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a ceremony to mark the completion of Sunchon phosphatic fertiliser factory, at a railway station in Seoul on May 2, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

U.N. warns of risks for trafficking victims due to pandemic

May 06, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The UN warns traffickers 'may become more active and prey on people who are even more vulnerable than before because they have lost their source of income due to measures to control the virus'

Seoul says Kim Jong-un not believed to have received surgery – report

May 03, 2020 - 8:17 PM

An unnamed official says Seoul had enough grounds to draw the conclusion

This picture taken on May 1, 2020 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 2, 2020 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) visiting the completed Suchon phosphate fertilizer factory in South Pyongan Province, North Korea. (Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE --- /

Trump 'glad' Kim Jong-un 'is back, and well'

May 03, 2020 - 10:11 AM

US President Donald Trump had downplayed reports on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's poor health

US-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS. 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. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Why North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's health matters

May 02, 2020 - 3:43 PM

Here is a look at why Kim's health has been the subject of so much conjecture

ON TV. People walk past a television news screen showing a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending a ceremony to mark the completion of Sunchon phosphatic fertilizer factory, at a railway station in Seoul on May 2, 2020.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

FALSE: Video of Kim Jong Un's funeral

May 02, 2020 - 10:15 AM

The footage was of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il lying in state at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace. Kim Jong Un also made a public appearance on May 1.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un makes first appearance in nearly 3 weeks – KCNA

May 02, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The North Korean leader makes a public appearance after weeks of rumors about his ill health or death

This picture taken on May 1, 2020 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 2, 2020 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) visiting the completed Suchon phosphate fertilizer factory in South Pyongan Province, North Korea. (Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE --- /

FALSE: North Korea ruling party 'confirms' Kim Jong Un's death on April 25

Apr 28, 2020 - 7:00 PM

As of writing, there are no reports from credible news organizations that support this claim

North Korea's Kim 'alive and well' – Seoul

Apr 27, 2020 - 10:36 AM

The adviser says that Kim has been staying in Wonsan – a resort town in the country's east – since April 13, adding: 'No suspicious movements have so far been detected'

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Train likely belonging to North Korea's Kim seen at resort town – U.S. monitor

Apr 26, 2020 - 7:23 PM

United States think tank 38North cautions that the train's presence 'does not prove the whereabouts of the North Korean leader or indicate anything about his health'

ANOTHER TEST. This picture, taken on April 9, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

Coronavirus world toll nears 200,000; U.N. pushes for global vaccine effort

Apr 25, 2020 - 4:42 PM

'A world free of COVID-19 requires the most massive public health effort in history,' says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

A picture taken on April 24, 2020, shows Saudi policemen standing guard next to the Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque, on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, amid unprecedented bans on family gatherings and mass prayers due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. STR / AFP

U.N. launches global push to accelerate production of virus vaccine

Apr 24, 2020 - 10:26 PM

'This is a landmark collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics for COVID-19,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

GLOBAL PUSH. French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization and other world leaders about the coronavirus outbreak during a video conference at the Elysee Palace, on April 24, 2020 in Paris. Photo by Christophe Ena/Pool/AFP

Trump says reports on Kim Jong-un's health 'incorrect'

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Trump criticizes a CNN report saying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was ailing

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Using pandemic to erode human rights is 'unacceptable' – U.N. chief

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:59 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says: 'Civic space and press freedom are critical. Civil society organizations and the private sector have essential roles to play. And in all we do, let's never forget: The threat is the virus, not people.'

This United Nations handout photo shows UN Secretary-General António Guterres as he makes remarks at the opening meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women 63rd session on March 11, 2019, where a moment of silence was observed for those who lost their lives in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on March 10, 2019. - Flags flew at half-staff at the United Nations on Monday after 21 UN employees were killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said marked a "sad day" for the world body. (Photo by Evan SCHNEIDER / UNITED NATIONS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UNITED NATIONS/EVAN SCHNEIDER/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Fight climate change like coronavirus – U.N.

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The UN's World Meteorological Organization says it is time to flatten the curve on climate change as well, with its impact on the planet 'reaching a crescendo' in the past 5 years

Pandemic to provoke worst ever recession in Latin America

Apr 22, 2020 - 8:35 AM

A United Nations body expects Latin America's gross domestic product to see a record contraction of 5.3% in 2020

PATROL. Police officers patrol a market while wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Caracas, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Coronavirus could double number facing acute hunger – U.N.

Apr 21, 2020 - 11:57 PM

The fourth annual Global Report on Food Crises also finds that food insecurity was already on the rise in 2019 before the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis

FOOD CRISES? Women in sarees stand in a line following physical distancing norms to collect food rations at a donation drive. File photo from Shutterstock

Seoul plays down report on North Korean leader's health

Apr 21, 2020 - 11:48 AM

(UPDATED) The North Korean leader has not made a public appearance since presiding over a meeting of the Workers' Party politburo on April 11

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

Low-key celebrations for North Korea's founder in face of virus

Apr 15, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Pyongyang has imposed tight restrictions against the pandemic that has swept the world since emerging in neighboring China

108TH BIRTHDAY. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung, known as the 'Day of the Sun', in Pyongyang on April 15, 2020. Photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

North Korea's Kim reshuffles top governing body

Apr 13, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Kim Jong-un establishes an iron grip on the levers of authority in his nuclear-armed country since inheriting power in his late 20s in 2011

KIM JONG-UN. This picture, taken on April 9, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

Pandemic no 'blank check' to flout human rights – U.N.

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:42 PM

'Emergency measures may well be needed to respond to this public health emergency. But an emergency situation is not a blank check to disregard human rights obligations,' says UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet

HUMAN RIGHTS. In this file photo, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks during the inauguration of the 'Seminar of Afro-descendant Women of Latin America' in San Jose, Costa Rica, on December 03, 2019. File photo by John Duran/AFP