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Despite having enough food, humanity risks hunger 'crises' – report

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:06 AM

According to a UN report, a key obstacle is unequal access: while some people throw away food they buy too much of, others cannot afford or find the nutrition they need

At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque blast

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The blast comes after the UN released a new report saying an 'unprecedented' number of civilians were killed or wounded in Afghanistan from July to September

VIOLENCE. A volunteer carries an injured youth to hospital, following a bomb blast in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar Province on October 18, 2019. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Venezuela wins seat on U.N. rights council

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:44 PM

(UPDATED) To applause in the chamber, Venezuela gets the nod in a vote by the UN General Assembly to choose 14 new members for the 47-member body based in Geneva

UNHRC. File photo shows a general view of the 39th UN Council of Human Rights at the UN Offices in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Turkey assault could displace 400,000 in Syria, says U.N.

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Thousands are forced to flee their homes since the beginning of Turkey's military incursion after US President Donald Trump ordered American troops to pull back from the border

FLEEING HOME. An elderly woman is evacuated from a building in Akcakale, a town near the Turkish border with Syria on October 13, 2019, after it was hit by a rocket reported to be fired from within Syria. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

U.N. may run out of money by end of the month – Guterres

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:08 AM

In a letter intended for the 37,000 employees at the UN secretariat, Guterres says unspecified 'additional stop-gap measures' would have to be taken to ensure salaries and entitlements are paid

WARNING. UN Secretary General António Guterres speaking at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 24, 2019, in New York. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Khashoggi suspects made 'chilling' jokes before killing – reports

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Helena Kennedy, a British lawyer assisting the UN probe into Khashoggi's death, says recordings she had heard from inside the kingdom's mission in Turkey referred to the Saudi critic as a 'sacrificial animal'

ONE YEAR AFTER. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) members stand next to dummies with press armbands and jacket piled in front of the Saudi Consulate in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, west of Paris on October 1, 2019 during a protest to mark the one year of the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

FALSE: Marawi war 'triggered' by 'attempt to serve a warrant of arrest for drug trafficking'

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Clashes erupted in Marawi in May 2017 as the military tried to capture 'high-value targets' of the Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf Group. There was no mention of illegal drugs at the time.

Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-fourth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Locsin: U.N. ‘not free to interfere’ when a country goes tough vs crime

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'The nations here in United [Nations] should not let this platform be used to threaten others with accountability for taking a tough approach to crime,' says DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin, Jr

'NOT FREE TO INTERFERE.' Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2019. Screenshot from UN Web TV

Greta's truth-telling and Bolsonaro's politics of denial

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM

Climate change, the Amazon, and Metro Manila congestion

U.N. launches probe into Venezuela rights abuses

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:28 PM

A resolution tabled by more than a dozen countries from Latin America and elsewhere is adopted by the 47-member council with 19 votes in favor, 7 opposed, and 21 abstaining

UN PROBE. A group of lawyers dressed with judicial robes and carrying a Venezuelan national flag protest outside Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice building against the absence of the rule of law in Venezuela at Chacao neighborhood, in Caracas, on September 26, 2019. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Filipina agri-entrepreneur named U.N. nutrition ambassador

Sep 27, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Filipina agriculture entrepreneur Cherrie Atilano joins 26 others as a high-level ambassador to the UN's Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, which seeks to eliminate all forms of malnutrition

FIGHTING MALNUTRITION. Filipina agri-entrepreneur Cherrie Atilano is among the 27 high-level ambassadors to the UN's nutrition intitiatives. Photo from Atilano's Instagram account

Amal Clooney raises attacks vs Maria Ressa at U.N.

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:41 PM

'Maria Ressa is a Filipino journalist who stands at 5’2” but stands taller than so many of us in her courage and personal sacrifice for the cause of telling the truth,' says Amal Clooney in her speech

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Top Venezuelan gov't official in North Korea – state media

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Diosdado Cabello, the right-hand man of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, is in North Korea leading a 'high-level delegation'

The president of the National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, gestures during the 1st International Meeting of Workers in solidarity with the Venezuelan Government and people at the Alba Hotel in Caracas, Venezuela, on August 29, 2019. The Russian ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemskiy, accused the United States of obstructing with its sanctions an agreement between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition to resolve the political crisis. Matias Delacroix / AFP

Trump vows pressure on Iran as Europeans seek U.N. breakthrough

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:05 AM

In a speech to world leaders full of praise of unilateralism and criticism of China, Donald Trump makes clear he will not ease economic pressure on Iran – a condition set by Hassan Rouhani for any meeting

TRUMP AND UN. US President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 24, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

'Fallacy' to say Amazon is the heritage of humankind – Bolsonaro

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:30 PM

'It is a fallacy to say that the Amazon is the heritage of humankind, and a misconception confirmed by scientists to say that our Amazon forests are the lungs of the world,' says Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro

'FALLACY.' Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil,  speaks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 24, 2019, in New York. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Fact checkers team up against disinformation at U.N. GA

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:01 PM

23 fact-checking organizations from 17 countries work together to spot false and misleading claims during the international event

Trump slammed for trolling Greta Thunberg climate speech

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:31 PM

'She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!' climate-skeptic Trump tweets, alongside a clip of the speech

FIGHTING FOR THE CLIMATE. Youth activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations on September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

'How dare you?' Greta Thunberg asks world leaders at U.N.

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:44 PM

'You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing,' says Thunberg

'WE'LL BE WATCHING YOU.' Greta Thunberg speaks at the United Nations where world leaders are holding a summit on climate change on September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. chief announces creation of constitutional committee on Syria

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:09 PM

The committee is to include 150 members – a third picked by the regime, another by the opposition, and the remaining third by the United Nations

TALKS. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (C-R) meeting with United Nations special envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen(C-L) in the Syrian capital Damascus on September 23, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA

66 countries vow carbon neutrality by 2050 – U.N.

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:06 PM

'The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

PROTEST. Environmental activists gather to protest to shut down the city during global climate action week on September 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Some 60 world leaders convene on Monday for a UN summit on 'climate emergency' aimed at reinvigorating the faltering Paris agreement. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Rouhani heads to U.N. in bid to win Iran support against 'cruel' U.S.

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:46 PM

President Hassan Rouhani says his delegation is heading to the UN gathering despite reluctance from President Donald Trump's administration to issue them visas

HEADED TO UN. In this file photo, President Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters on September 22. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to boast to UN about U.S. success, but troubles mounting

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:44 AM

'We'll say the United States is the greatest country in the world,' says US President Donald Trump in a mini-review of his speech

TRUMP AT THE UN. U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

1,500 flee homes in South Africa amid xenophobic violence – U.N.

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:56 PM

South Africa, the continent's second largest economy, is a major destination for other African migrants. But they are often targeted by some locals who blame them for a lack of jobs.

Mother or baby die in childbirth every 11 seconds – U.N.

Sep 19, 2019 - 6:26 PM

The statistics reveal that an estimated 2.8 million women and newborns die every year, mostly from preventable causes

Locsin says 'we will lose' if PH brings up Hague ruling at U.N.

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:08 PM

'Such is life,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says as he claims the Philippines will be outnumbered by countries grateful to China for its development aid

STATUS QUO. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Philippines won't bring up the Hague Ruling at UN General Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump says 'probably not' right time to visit Pyongyang

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:37 AM

'I don't think we're ready for that,' Trump tells reporters when asked about visiting Pyongyang for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

NO REPRISE FOR NOW. File photo of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walking with US President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.N. 'regrets' impact U.S. court ruling will have on asylum seekers

Sep 13, 2019 - 11:06 PM

UN refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic stresses that 'any person fleeing violence or persecution must be able to access full and effective asylum procedures and international protection'

New U.S. ambassador takes up post at United Nations

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Kelly Craft, 57, served previously as US ambassador to Canada where she was involved in negotiations on a new US-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement

Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead resolution' on PH drug war killings

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:27 PM

But Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr maintains he will not allow any foreign observers to enter the Philippines to conduct investigations in line with a report by the UN Human Rights Council

PROBE KILLINGS. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

North Korea again tests 'super-large' rocket launcher – state media

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:02 AM

North Korea's state media says its leader Kim Jong Un supervised a fresh test of a 'super-large multiple rocket launcher' system

A man watches a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on September 10, 2019. North Korea on September 10 fired projectiles toward the sea, South Korea's military said, hours after Pyongyang said it is willing to hold working-level talks with the United States in late September. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Pakistan calls for U.N. probe of India actions in Kashmir

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:53 PM

'For the last 6 weeks, India has transformed Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into the largest prison on this planet,' says Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

UN PROBE? Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi leaves after addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 10, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

With one suicide every 40 seconds, WHO urges action

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:21 AM

'Despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide,' says the World Health Organization, insisting that 'every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues'

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North Korea fires 'projectiles' after offering talks with U.S.

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:02 AM

No further details are immediately available but these are the latest to be fired since July. Previous launches have been identified as short-range missiles.

TEST FIRE. In this file photo taken on August 16, 2019 and released on August 17 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the test-firing of a new weapon, presumed to be a short-range ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

U.N. rights chief slams Venezuela over killings, bid to criminalize NGOs

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Michelle Bachelet details a range of ongoing abuses in Venezuela and once again points a finger at Venezuela's police special forces

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet attends a press conference one year after she took office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on September 4, 2019. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

U.N. probe alleges war crimes, 'endemic impunity' in Yemen

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:27 PM

'The international community must stop turning a blind eye to these violations and the intolerable humanitarian situation,' says Kamel Jendoubi, who heads the Group of Independent Eminent International and Regional Experts

UN PROBE. People inspect the rubble of a destroyed building that was used as a detention center by Yemen's Huthi rebels which was hit by an air strike of the Saudi-led coalition, in Dhamar south of the Huthi-held capital Sanaa on September 1, 2019. AFP photo

U.N. rights investigator on Myanmar lambasts Suu Kyi

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'She should step up and really speak out for the treatment that the Rohingya had suffered for decades,' says Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights to Myanmar

ON MYANMAR. In this file photo, university professor Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar speaks during a press conference in Dhaka on January 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

North Korea solidifies Kim Jong-un's 'monolithic' power

Aug 30, 2019 - 2:07 PM

The Supreme People's Assembly, the North's rubber-stamp parliament, approves a series of constitutional changes to ensure what the legislature's head Choe Ryong-hae called Kim's 'monolithic guidance'

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 12, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with teachers who volunteered to work at branch schools on islands and schools in forefront line and mountainous areas, in Pyongyang. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF 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. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. /

Palestinians to file complaint over Honduras' recognizing Jerusalem

Aug 30, 2019 - 1:30 PM

President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras announces that his country would open a diplomatic office in Jerusalem

PROTEST. The Palestinian national flag on the slope of the hill in the city of Rawabi built in the West bank. Shutterstock.com

Oceans turning from friend to foe, warns landmark U.N. climate report

Aug 29, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Destructive changes already set in motion could see a steady decline in fish stocks, a hundredfold or more increase in the damages caused by superstorms, and hundreds of millions of people displaced by rising seas

North Korea's Kim oversaw test of 'multiple rocket launcher' – KCNA

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:46 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the 'newly developed' system was a 'great weapon'

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

Wildlife meet mulls trade rules to counter 'unprecedented' species declines

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The devastation caused to many species by poaching and booming illegal wildlife trade will be in the spotlight during a meeting of conservationists and policymakers in Geneva

ELEPHANT IVORY. A girl holds up an elephant's ivory tusk during a ceremony by authorities to destroy confiscated ivory and wildlife parts in Yangon on March 3, 2019. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP

Sudan protest group nominates ex-U.N. economist for PM – officials

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Former senior UN official Abdalla Hamdok, who stepped down last year as deputy executive secretary of the UN's Economic Commission for Africa, is due to be formally selected on August 20

North Korea's Kim oversaw test of 'new weapon' – KCNA

Aug 11, 2019 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) Defence officials in South Korea say 2 short-range ballistic missiles were fired by North Korea at daybreak

ANOTHER MISSLE LAUNCH. People watch a television news screen showing file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 10, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je /AFP

Trump says North Korea's Kim wants to resume nuclear talks

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:04 PM

US President Donald Trump is determined to resume the talks with North Korea ahead of the 2020 US presidential elections

RESUME TALKS. North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea on July 25, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, after warnings from Pyongyang over military exercises between Washington and Seoul next month. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Cyprus rivals no nearer to reviving stalled UN talks

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci meet but fail to revive talks on ending the island's decades-long division

(L/R): Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci pose for a photograph during Cyprus peace talks in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on June 30, 2017. More than 40 years after Turkish troops invaded northern Cyprus, the presence of tens of thousands of soldiers on the Mediterranean island still looms large over make-or-break peace negotiations this week. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Trump sides with North Korea's Kim on war games amid new missile tests

Aug 10, 2019 - 9:22 AM

US President Donald Trump does not criticize North Korea's missile tests following a 'beautiful letter' from Kim Jong Un expressing anger over their war games

People watch a television news screen showing a file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 6, 2019. North Korea threatened on August 6, to carry out more weapons tests, after it fired its fourth set of projectiles in less than two weeks following the start of joint exercises between the US and the South. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Nations agree landmark U.N. climate report after marathon talks

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The land use report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to spell out the stark choices facing a warming planet with a growing, hungry population

LANDMARK REPORT. A sign of the World Meteorological Organization hosting the 50th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is seen at the entrance of the headquarters, on August 2, 2019 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Kim Jong-un sends missile 'warning' to South Korea, U.S. as tensions rise

Aug 07, 2019 - 7:22 AM

KCNA, North Korea's state news agency, says Kim watched the launches, which verified the 'war capacity' of the 'new-type tactical guided missiles'

United Nations finalizes accord with Yemen rebels to resume food aid

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:03 PM

The agreement includes a biometric database of civilians in need of aid in order to guarantee 'effective and efficient distribution' and to 'benefit the most needy'

Civilian casualties in Afghan war jump in July

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:51 PM

According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, more than 1,500 civilians were killed or wounded in the Afghan conflict in July

CIVILIAN DEATHS. A dead woman is brought to a morgue at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital following an attack in Kabul on July 28, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP