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U.N. sends team to probe Mali massacre

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The UN has sent a team of 10 human rights officers, a child protection officer and two crime scene investigators to the Mopti region to investigate the attack

AFTERMATH. This handout picture taken and released by the Malian presidential communication and public relations service (Cellule Communication et Relations Publiques de la Presdience du Mali) on March 25, 2019, shows a soldier walking among rubble of a house destroyed during an attack on March 23, on the village of Ogassogou, near Mopti, where over 130 Fulani villagers, including women and children, were killed. AFP PHOTO / MALIAN PRESIDENCY

More than 130 killed in Mali massacre as U.N. visits

Mar 24, 2019 - 12:58 PM

A security source tells Agence France-Presse the victims, which included women and children, were shot or hacked to death with machetes

Aid workers scramble to get relief supplies to Mozambique cyclone victims

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:01 PM

The confirmed death toll in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe reaches 432 on Friday, March 22, with 293 killed in Mozambique, and around 1.7 million people affected

RELIEF. An aid worker hands a woman a cup of water in the port of Beira, Mozambique on March 22, 2019. Photo by Wikus De Wet/AFP

At U.N. event, Chel Diokno calls for more international pressure on Duterte

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:15 AM

Between campaign sorties, opposition senatorial bet Chel Diokno speaks via video conference call to delegates at a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime event in Vienna

PRESSURE ON DUTERTE. Chel Diokno addresses an international audience at an event organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Screenshot from StoptheDrugWar.org

Karadzic sentence increased to life for Bosnia genocide

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:15 PM

A panel of appeals judges in The Hague 'imposes a sentence of life imprisonment' after rejecting Radovan Karadzic's appeal against his original 2016 conviction

LIFE SENTENCE. Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic reacts at the court room of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 20, 2019, while waiting to hear the final judgement on his role in the bloody conflict that tore his country apart a quarter of a century ago. Photo by Peter Dejong/Pool/AFP

Finland tops world happiness rankings, South Sudan bottom – U.N.

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Released on the International Day of Happiness on March 20, the report warns that world happiness has declined in recent years, driven by a sustained fall in India, which this year ranked in 140th place

Mozambique, Zimbabwe cyclone deaths exceed 300 as U.N. boosts aid

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The UN adds one of the worst storms to hit southern Africa in decades also unleashes a humanitarian crisis in Malawi, affecting nearly a million people

MOZAMBIQUE'S CYCLONE. Locals stand on a damaged section of the road between Beira and Chimoio in Nhamatanda district, central Mozambique, on March 19, 2019, after the area was hit by the Cyclone Idai. Photo by Adrien Barbier/AFP

U.N. envoy discusses Syria constitution on Damascus visit

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:34 PM

United Nations envoy for Syria says talks over the constitution should be 'led and owned' by Syrians

ENVOY. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen speaks to the press upon his arrival in the capital Damascus on March 17, 2019. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

'No Planet B': Tens of thousands join global youth demo for climate

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Classrooms in capitals from Bangkok to Berlin, Lagos to London are emptied as ambitious organizers of the student strike hope to stage 1,000 demos in more than 100 countries

'NO PLANET B.' Youths demonstrate with banners and placards and a figure depicting young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg holding two representatives of her parents' generation and reading 'Do something against the climate disaster!' during the 'Fridays For Future' movement on a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change on March 15, 2019 in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Photo by Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP

Nations agree 'significant' plastic cuts

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) The final ministerial statement – issued on a day of youth protests against climate change – makes only two references to man-made global warming and none to the fossil fuels that drive it

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Leaders appeal for 'urgent action' on environment

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Earth is already experiencing fallout from its fossil fuel addiction, with climate change driving more frequent droughts, floods and superstorms fuelled by warmer, rising seas

Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths, disease – U.N.

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

(UPDATED) The Global Environment Outlook depicts a growing chasm between rich and poor countries as rampant overconsumption, pollution, and food waste in the developed world leads to hunger, poverty, and disease elsewhere

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United Nations chief heads to Washington to plug peacekeeping budget hole

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:52 PM

The US cost-cutting has created a hole of about $220 million in this year's $6.7 billion peacekeeping budget

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

Raw materials behind half of global emissions – U.N.

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Authors of a major new report present lawmakers and businesses with a stark choice: drastically reform the global economy to get more from less, or risk the collapse of global infrastructure

United Nations mourns after 21 staff killed in Ethiopia plane crash

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:28 AM

'A global tragedy has hit close to home – and the United Nations is united in grief,' UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says

REMEMBERING THE DEAD. This United Nations handout photo shows UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as he makes remarks at the opening meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women 63rd session on March 11, 2019. Photo by Evan Schneider/United Nations/AFP)

U.N. environment talks open under shadow of Ethiopian plane crash

Mar 11, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Maimunah Sharif, head of UN Habitat, says at least 22 UN employees were among those who died when the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed early Sunday, March 10

SILENCE. People have a moment of silence for the victims, including UN workers, of Ethiopia Airline's crash before the 4th UN Environment Assembly at the UN headquaters in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 11, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/

Shabu in Southeast Asia at record high – U.N.

Mar 11, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'Seizures of methamphetamine in 2018 were once again a record, yet street prices of the drug decreased in many parts of the region,' says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

[OPINION] This is what we want for our women

Mar 08, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Much remains to be done before the Philippines can truly claim to have attained Sustainable Development Goal 5 – to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

United Nations rights office to send team to Venezuela

Mar 08, 2019 - 6:18 PM

The mission, expected to be in Venezuela from March 11 to 22, will also try to ensure a future visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

MICHELLE BACHELET. In this file photo taken on February 25, 2019 United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet looks on during the opening day of the 40th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Saudi hit with rare rebuke at UN rights body over Khashoggi

Mar 08, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Thirty-six nations condemn Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a rare censure of the oil-rich kingdom at the UN Human Rights Council

A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on November 11, 2018 that the US will hold accountable all involved in killing a dissident Saudi journalist. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Gender parity at work only possible if men do more at home – U.N.

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:13 AM

The UN's International Labor Organization says there were a number of factors blocking equality in employment – the biggest being the heavy caregiving burden borne by women

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U.N. rights chief: PH's 'drug war' not a model for any country

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'The drug policies in place in the Philippines, and its lack of respect for rule of law and international standards, should not be considered a model by any country,' says Michelle Bachelet in a speech before the UN Human Rights Council

Sri Lanka U-turns on war crimes probe

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:32 PM

But President Maithripala Sirisena's cohabitation government seeks to distance itself from his stance, saying the administration of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will remain engaged with the UN on war crimes

U-TURN. President Maithripala Sirisena says he will formally ask the United Nations Human Rights Council to reconsider a 2015 resolution which called for credible investigations into alleged atrocities. File photo by AFP

Venezuela crisis worsened by sanctions – U.N.

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'Venezuela clearly illustrates the way violations of civil and political rights can accentuate a decline of economic and social rights,' says United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet

VENEZUELA. View of a Venezuelan national flag reading S.O.S. during a rally with Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido upon his arrival in Caracas on March 4, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Syria force to resume evacuations after piercing last ISIS redoubt

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The latest evacuees also include relatives of jihadists, as well as civilians who had been held by the group as 'human shields'

SEARCH. A man (C) suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group, who spoke to AFP journalists in French, sits in the back of a truck as he waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) just after leaving ISIS' last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 4, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Ghosn family calls on United Nations to help release him – lawyer

Mar 05, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Carlos Ghosn faces 3 charges of financial misconduct, two involving alleged under-reporting of his salary and a third over a complex scheme in which he allegedly sought to transfer his losses to Nissan's books

CALLING FOR RELEASE. Lawyer of Carlos Ghosn's family, Francois Zimeray, speaks to media during a press point on March 4, 2019 in Paris. Photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP

PH among top countries with highest increase in measles cases – Unicef

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore warns 'alarmingly high levels' of measles cases worldwide will have 'disastrous consequences' for children if not enough is done to strengthen immunization campaigns

HOSPITALIZED. Patients stricken with measles fill the pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

U.S. slaps new sanctions on Venezuela regime as Russia ups support

Mar 02, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The US says it's targeting 6 Venezuelan military officers for stopping their aid from coming through the border, while Moscow promises relief through President Nicolas Maduro

People wait for a chance to receive medical attention by volunteers of the "Aid and Freedom Coalition" movement during a medical attention camp in the Macarao neighbourhood in Caracas, on February 17, 2019. - Venezuelan opposition leader and self declared acting president Juan Guaido set a goal Sunday of enlisting a million volunteers within a week to confront a government blockade that has kept tons of humanitarian aid, most of it from the United States, from flowing into the country. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP)

Bangladesh tells U.N. it will no longer take in Myanmar refugees

Mar 01, 2019 - 9:40 AM

'Here, I regret to inform the council that Bangladesh would no longer be in a position to accommodate more people from Myanmar,' says Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque

A Bangladeshi man helps Rohingya Muslim refugees to disembark from a boat on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf river after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on September 30, 2017. More than 2,000 Rohingya have massed along Myanmar's coast this week after trekking from inland villages in Rakhine state to join the refugee exodus to Bangladesh, state media reported September 30. They follow more than half a million fellow Rohingya who have emptied out of northern Rakhine in a single month, fleeing an army crackdown and communal violence the UN says amounts to "ethnic cleansing".  / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Hamas calls for Israel to be held accountable after U.N. Gaza probe

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:02 PM

A senior official for the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip calls on 'the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for the war crimes that it continues to commit against the Palestinians'

AFTERMATH. A man inspects the damage at a site targeted by an Israeli air strike a day before in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Libya rivals agree to hold polls – U.N.

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Libya has been torn between rival administrations and a myriad of militias since the NATO-backed overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011

Israel rejects 'biased' U.N. probe into its response to Gaza unrest

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:03 PM

'No institution can negate Israel's right to self-defense and its duty to defend its residents and borders from violent attacks,' says Foreign Minister Israel Katz

'BIASED.' Israeli Minister Yisrael Katz attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on February 17, 2019. File photo by Sebastian Scheiner/Pool/AFP

U.N. probe accuses Israel of possible crimes against humanity

Feb 28, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The investigators specify that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli troops killed and injured Palestinians 'who were neither directly participating in hostilities, nor posing an imminent threat'

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. File photo by Said Khatib / AFP

United Nations to vote on dueling U.S., Russia drafts on Venezuela

Feb 28, 2019 - 1:43 PM

The US puts forward a measure calling for presidential elections to end the political standoff, while Russia urges a peaceful settlement of the crisis, recalling that aid deliveries to Venezuela require the consent of Maduro's government

GUAIDO-MADURO SITUATION. This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) speaking to opposition supporters at the Central University of Caracas (UCV) in Caracas, on January 21, 2019 and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offering a press conference in Caracas, on January 25, 2019.  File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.N. reaches aid warehouses on Yemen frontlines, seeks $4.2B

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:49 PM

(UPDATED) 'I have just received a piece of good news. Finally, it was possible for us to reach the Red Sea Mills,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

YEMEN AID. A general view shows the Red Sea Flour Mills on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida as Yemeni pro-government forces continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 14, 2018. Photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

Global arms control architecture 'collapsing' – U.N. chief

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'We simply cannot afford to return to the unrestrained nuclear competition of the darkest days of the Cold War,' says UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, as he asks the US and Russia to preserve a crucial nuclear treaty

UN CHIEF. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses an assembly in Africa in February 2019. Photo by Simon Maina/ AFP

Civilian deaths in Afghan war hit record in 2018

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:35 PM

There were 3,804 people killed and another 7,189 wounded in Afghanistan in 2018, says the United Nations

AFTERMATH. Afghan volunteers carry a body at the scene of a car bomb that exploded in front of the old Ministry of Interior Affairs in Kabul on January 27, 2018. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Bashir declares year-long state of emergency across Sudan

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Protesters accuse the government of mismanaging their economy and call on President Omar al-Bashir to step down

UNREST. Sudanese protestors burn tires during an anti-government demonstration on January 18, 2019 in the capital Khartoum. Photo from AFP

Blame for mass rapes points to South Sudan army – U.N. report

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:59 PM

'Collected evidence seems to suggest that the perpetrators of rapes in the Bentiu area are men who have the opportunity to come and go at ease within [Sudanese People's Liberation Army],' the report says

U.N. rights office: Maria Ressa arrest latest in ‘pattern of intimidation’ vs Rappler

Feb 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Charges that 'appear to be aimed at preventing journalists from undertaking their profession' also deprive the public of their right to information, says Rupert Colville, spokesperson of UN Rights chief Michelle Bachelet

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest on February 13, 2019. Photo ny LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Families of desaparecidos slam PH plan to delist cases from U.N.

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is disrespectful, totally disregarding and dismissing the suffering of the families of all the missing,” the Free Jonas Burgos Movement says

Families of victims of enforced dissapearance remember their loved ones during a mass at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on International Day of the Disappeared, August 30, 2018. The relatives displayed photos of their beloved desaparecidos while offering candles and flowers on the Wall of Remembrance. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ex-Fox News host ends bid to be next U.S. ambassador to U.N.

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) 'The past two months have been gruelling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw,' says former Fox news anchor and state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert

HEATHER NAUERT. In this file photo taken on November 30, 2017, US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

'No proof' Myanmar military persecuted Rohingya – army chief

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Min Aung Hlaing doubles down on previous claims, arguing 'there is no certain proof that the national army was involved in the persecution' of Rohingya

ROHINGYA CRISIS. In this file photo, Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects a major bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung dam on August 29, 2018. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

U.N. special rapporteur condemns detention of Maria Ressa

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:10 AM

David Kaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, says it is 'simply intolerable' that Ressa remains in NBI custody

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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

Global unemployment down, but too many working poor – U.N.

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:51 PM

Unemployment around the world fell in 2018 to 5.0% – from 5.1% in 2017 – for the first time dropping to the level seen before the global financial crisis hit in 2008

U.N. notified of name change to North Macedonia

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:11 PM

(UPDATED) A UN official says a notice will be sent to the General Assembly and the Security Council to inform them of the change

NAME CHANGE. People are at work to change boards at the border between Macedonia and Greece near Gevgelija on February 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

United Nations chief willing to broker end to Venezuela crisis

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The United Nations calls for serious political negotiations between the two sides to prevent a slide toward more violence in Venezuela

MEDIATION. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the "Africa leadership meeting, investing in health", ahead of an African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on February 9, 2019. File photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Yemen food aid at risk of rotting – United Nations

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:24 AM

Hodeida and its food silos are in the hands of Yemen's Huthi rebels and have been since 2014

FOOD AID. Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, arrives at Sanaa international airport on February 11, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP