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Cholera outbreak in Nigeria claims nearly 100 lives

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:22 PM

More than 3,000 cholera cases have been recorded in the states of Yobe and Borno, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Yemen faces worsening threat of famine – UN aid chief

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:47 AM

22 million Yemenis are in need of aid, in what the United Nations already considers the 'world's worst humanitarian crisis'

FAMINE. 3.5 million more Yemenis are at risk of being added to the 8 million citizens already facing starvation. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Thor's gavel keeps order in the United Nations

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The president of the UN General Assembly wields a very unusual looking gavel. It is a Viking gavel that is a gift from Iceland, and there’s a very interesting story behind it.

In this photo from 2012, Joseph Deiss, President of the sixty-fifth General Assembly, bangs the gavel, sealing the appointment of Ban Ki-moon to a second term as UN Secretary-General.UN Photo/Mark Garten

Most nations to miss U.N. target on chronic diseases – study

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Cancers, heart and blood-vessel disease, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease have combined to kill 12.5 million people aged 30 to 70 worldwide in 2016

Korean boy band BTS to address UN

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:21 PM

BTS will be speaking at the launch of 'Generation Unlimited,' a new partnership to promote education, training and employment for the world's youth

BTS GOES TO THE UN. The Bangtan Boys – among the most popular K-pop groups to date – are set to address the United Nations. Image from BTS' official Instagram account

Puerto Princesa commits to end HIV epidemic by 2030

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:14 PM

'Ten years ago, we just had one case here. Now we have 198 enrolled in our treatment hub and 139 come from Puerto Princesa,' says Regina Villapa, city coordinator on HIV-AIDS

FIGHTING HIV/AIDS. Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron (2nd from right) and UNAIDS Philippines Director Lui Ocampo (right). Looking on are Bb Pilipinas Universe Catriona Gray and Chi Vallido of Forum for Population and Development Photo by Mau Victa

Myanmar army should be removed from politics – UN probe

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The UN's 444-page probe calls for the military's top leadership to be replaced and for the institution to have no further influence over the country's governance

POLITICS? Myanmar soldiers march in formation during a military parade in Naypyidaw on March 27, 2018 to mark the 73rd Armed Forces Day. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

Human rights groups face 'alarming, shameful level' of gov't retaliation – UN report

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:59 PM

The Philippines is among 38 countries where governments subject human rights advocates to 'harsh reprisals and intimidation,' according to a UN report

World leaders to attend Kofi Annan's state funeral in Ghana

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo calls the funeral 'a major event for our country' and describes Annan as 'one of the most illustrious people of this generation'

KOFI ANNAN. Local chiefs, politicians and extended family members wait to pay their respects to Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of United Nations who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a short illness, at the entrance of Accra International Conference Centre in Accra on September 12, 2018. Photo by Ruth McDowall/AFP

UN says Myanmar waging 'campaign against journalists'

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:55 PM

A fresh report from the UN rights office decries 'the instrumentalization of the law and of the courts by the government and military in what constitutes a political campaign against independent journalism'

WA LONE. Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone, 32, is seen handcuffed and escorted by police while leaving Yangon courthouse after the first day of trial on July 16, 2018. File photo by Myo Kyaw Soe/AFP

#HackSociety 2018: Build Tomorrow

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:18 AM

How can we build the future through accountable innovation? How can we design scalable solutions and achieve impact without 'breaking things'?

World must act by 2020 to avoid runaway climate change – UN chief

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:20 AM

'Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

ANTONIO GUTERRES. This file photo taken on January 3, 2017 shows United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to staff members at UN headquarters in New York. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP

Global climate protests peak in U.S. as U.N. talks falter

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:49 AM

'Alternative Energy, not Alternative Facts,' reads one slogan, while another – more blunt – says, 'More Science, Less Bullshit'

CLIMATE PROTEST. A woman dressed as a tree with the group The Forgotten Solution poses for a picture at Civic Center Plaza after marching at the 'Rise For Climate' global action on September 8, 2018 in downtown San Francisco, California. Photo by Amy Osborne/AFP

Yemen gov't slams UN envoy for 'appeasing' rebels

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:11 PM

Yemen's foreign minister says UN envoy Martin Griffiths 'is providing excuses' for the Huthi rebels' absence in the peace talks

UN ENVOY. In this file photo, Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on June 16, 2018 for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where Huthi rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

U.S. accused of blocking UN climate talks amid protests

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The issue of how funds are made available to developing nations has emerged as a key sticking point at the talks, which have made little headway since they opened on Tuesday

CLIMATE JUSTICE. An environmental activist wearing a face-mask depicting US President Donald Trump takes part in a demonstration in front of the United Nations building, where experts from across the planet locked in key talks aimed at breathing life into the Paris Agreement on climate change, in Bangkok on September 8, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

'We just didn't make it,' UN envoy says as Yemen talks falter

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The Huthis have refused to leave the rebel-held capital of Sanaa unless the United Nations meets a list of conditions, which includes securing a safe return from Geneva for their delegation

YEMEN PEACE TALKS. UN special envoy on Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks with members of his delegation on his way to a meeting with Yemen's foreign minister at a hotel on September 7, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Yemen peace talks in balance as parties trade ultimatums

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:26 AM

The Geneva talks are meant to be the first since 2016, when 108 days of negotiations between the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and rebels failed to yield a deal

PEACE TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths gives a press conference on September 5, 2018, ahead of peace talks with the government and Huthi rebels in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Mali's re-elected Keita sworn in as peacekeeeper wounded

Sep 05, 2018 - 3:08 PM

His re-election comes despite fierce criticism of failures to tackle jihadist violence and ethnic tensions that have rocked the poor Sahel state

RE-ELECTED. In this file photo, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita speaks after casting his vote in a polling station in Bamako on July 29, 2018. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Bangkok climate conference sounds alarm ahead of UN summit

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The 6-day UN conference opens with an urgent plea from delegates to finalize a 'rule book' governing the Paris Agreement, the most ambitious global pact yet, to address the impacts of climate change

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. An environmental activist displays a placard during a demonstration in front of the United Nations building in Bangkok on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Lula appeals to UN in desperate bid to gain access to election

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The appeal will be accompanied by a request to suspend Friday's decision by the Superior Electoral Court to prevent Lula from running for a potential third term as president because he is serving a 12-year jail sentence for accepting a bribe

APPEALING TO THE UN. Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a rally in his support by trade unionists and members of social movements in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 24, 2018. File photo by Miguel Schincariol

Facebook 'terrorism' definition 'overly broad' – UN expert

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Facebook's definition, says UN rights expert Fionnuala Ni Aolain, equates all non-state groups that use violence in pursuit of any goals or ends to terrorist entities

ZUCKERBERG AND FACEBOOK. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 1, 2018. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

UN chief condemns escalating violence in Libya

Sep 02, 2018 - 12:46 PM

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres calls on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations and the Reconciliation Committees'

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants to put an end to the violence in Libya. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

E.U. urges U.S. to reconsider 'regrettable' decision on U.N. Palestinian agency

Sep 02, 2018 - 10:15 AM

'The regrettable decision of the US to no longer be part of this international and multilateral effort leaves a substantial gap,' says the European Union

'REGRETTABLE DECISION.' A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Palestinian anger as U.S. ends funding for U.N. agency

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The United States will no longer fund the 'irredeemable flawed' UN Relief and Works Agency, which supports millions of Palestinian refugees and provides education for children

A Palestinian woman uses a gas lamp during a power cut in an impoverished area of the Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Russia blocks publication of U.N. report critical of North Korea

Aug 31, 2018 - 9:37 AM

A diplomatic source says Russia's objection stems mainly from a part of the report that said North Korea had exceeded its 2018 import cap for oil that was set by the 2017 sanctions

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 30 September 2014, United Nations, New York. File photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

UN Syria envoy 'ready to go to Idlib' to help civilians leave

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:55 PM

A major military operation in Idlib would pose a particular humanitarian nightmare because there is no opposition territory left in Syria where people could be evacuated to

STAFFAN DE MISTURA. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura briefs the press after speaking to a group of Syrians holding a vigil on the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva on February 23, 2017. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

UN urges Facebook to 'proactively' fight hate speech

Aug 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urges Facebook to 'be regulated by (international) human rights law'

ZEID RA'AD AL HUSSEIN. United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein addresses the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 26, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Jean-Guy Python/AFP

UN demands urgent action amid 'climate of fear' in Nicaragua

Aug 29, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The UN human rights office details a wide range of serious violations, including disproportionate use of force by police, which in some cases resulted in extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and torture

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. File photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

UN probe reports possible 'war crimes' by all sides in Yemen conflict

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

In its first report, a team of UN-mandated investigators said they had 'reasonable grounds to believe that the parties to the armed conflict in Yemen have committed a substantial number of violations of international humanitarian law'

ARMED FORCES. A column of Yemeni pro-government forces and armored vehicles arrives in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on June 13, 2018. File photo by Nabil Hassan/AFP

Myanmar army chief must be prosecuted for 'genocide' – UN probe

Aug 27, 2018 - 4:29 PM

(UPDATED) A UN-backed fact-finding mission into violations in Myanmar said the country's 'top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in the north of Rakhine State'

MIN AUNG HLAING. Myanmar military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing speaks during the second day of 'Sin Phyu Shin' joint military exercises in the Ayeyarwaddy delta region on February 3, 2018. File photo by Lynn Bo Bo/AFP

Italy's far-right interior minister faces probe over stranded migrants

Aug 26, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Italy Interior Minister faces an investigation over 'illegal confinement, illegal arrest and abuse of power'

FAR RIGHT. Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Thousands of Venezuelans reach Peru as border restrictions tighten

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:31 PM

Colombia has pleaded with its southern neighbors to agree to a combined migration strategy, while Ecuador has called a meeting of 13 Latin American countries next month to discuss the crisis

AT THE BORDER. Venezuelan nationals' visas petitions are attended after midnight at the binational border attention centre (CEBAF) in Tumbes, northern Peru on August 24, 2018. Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP

Italy allows some migrants off stranded boat amid EU row

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:59 PM

(UPDATED) Italy threatens to pull its funding for the EU as a 'compensatory measure' if the bloc refused to come forward and help with relocating the migrants

26 children killed by coalition strikes in Yemen – UN

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:01 AM

4 other children were also killed in a separate sir-strike by the Saudi-led coalition in Al-Durayhimi, Yemen

Yemeni children vent anger against Riyadh and Washington on August 13, 2018 as they take part in a mass funeral in the northern Yemeni city of Saada, a stronghold of the Iran-backed Huthi rebels, for children killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition last week. At least 29 children were among those killed in the air raid on August 9 on a bus in a crowded market in Dahyan, Saada province, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Kofi Annan to receive state burial in Ghana on September 13

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:50 AM

'It's going to be a major event for our country... I expect many leaders to be present,' says Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004 United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has died on August 18, 2018 after a short illness at the age of 80, his foundation announced. "It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness," the foundation said in a statement. Timothy A. CLARY / AFP

U.S. cuts more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The decision to cut Palestinian funding comes amid a surge of violence brought about by Palestinian protests against Israel that began in March

A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. / AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER

PH mourns death of Kofi Annan, 'champion of humanity'

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:13 AM

(UPDATED) The late UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has 'made our world a better place to live in,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

'CHAMPION FOR HUMANITY.' Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan speaks at the 52nd Munich Security Conference on February 14, 2016. File photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Israel rejects UN report on protecting Palestinians

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:41 PM

'The report's suggestions will only enable the Palestinians' continued rejectionism,' says Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon

CONFLICT. In this file photo, Israeli security forces are seen during clashes between them and Palestinian demonstrators at the Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 28, 2017. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Kofi Annan: UN's 'rock star' secretary-general

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:25 PM

The charismatic, quiet-spoken career diplomat will be remembered as arguably the United Nations' most popular leader

KOFI ANNAN. In this file photo taken on July 20, 2012, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan looks through a window before a meeting at his office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies at 80

Aug 18, 2018 - 5:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) Current UN chief Antonio Guterres voices deep sadness at the news, describing Annan as 'a guiding force for good'

NOBEL LAUREATE. In this file photo, Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, speaks during the Langenburg Forum for sustainability in Langenburg, central Germany on June 8, 2017. Photo by Christoph Schmidt/AFP

UN chief proposes options to protect Palestinians

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians is necessary for the proposals to work, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Palestinian protesters gather as tear gas canisters are launched by Israeli forces during a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip, east of Gaza city on August 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Del Rosario commends rare Duterte tirade vs China

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:51 PM

'We want to respectfully commend President Duterte on his recent remarks about China's aggressive and unlawful behavior in the South China Sea,' says former foreign secretary

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario commends President Rodrigo Duterte for his recent remarks about China's behavior in the South China Sea. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

South Korean firms caught importing coal, iron from North – Seoul

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

News of the apparent breach comes after a UN report last week accused the North of evading sanctions by continuing to export coal, iron, and other commodities

Coal shipment stock photo from Shutterstock

Malacañang sees improved ties between Duterte, new UN rights chief

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:42 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine government welcomes the appointment of former Chile president Michelle Bachelet as new chief UN human rights commission

Chile's Bachelet picked to be U.N. rights chief

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Michelle Bachelet – a two-time president who ranks among the world's most powerful women in politics – will step into a position that has drawn much controversy under Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

NEW UN RIGHTS CHIEF. Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will be the next UN commissioner for human rights. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

2 PH start-up teams win global awards

Aug 05, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Philippine start-up teams Arooga Health and Phinix bag two of the five 2018 Asia-Pacific Youth SDG Innovative Awards in China

Yemen rebels say willing to attend UN talks

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:24 PM

The United Nations will invite Yemen's warring sides for talks in Geneva on September 6 to discuss a framework for peace negotiations

North Korea gets illegal oil, enlists Syria arms broker – UN report

Aug 04, 2018 - 2:48 PM

North Korea has flouted the cap on exports of coal, petroleum, weapons, and other products through illegal ship-to-ship transfers, rendering the sanctions hailed by UN 'ineffective'

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