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U.N. condemns North Korean human rights violations

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:53 PM

The non-binding resolution, which passes by consensus without a vote, welcomes diplomatic efforts to end the crisis on the Korean peninsula

The North Korean flag is seen past a barbed-wire fenced wall of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/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

PH 'salvaging' self through drug war, Cayetano tells U.N.

Sep 30, 2018 - 9:58 AM

At the United Nations, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says that if given a choice, the Philippines will protect law-abiding citizens instead of criminals

DEFENDING THE DRUG WAR. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly on September 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of UN News

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'

Vowing U.S. first, Trump presses on Iran, trade at UN

Sep 26, 2018 - 12:18 AM

Boasting that his team 'has achieved more than any administration in the history of our country,' Trump was met with laughter, highly unusual in the solemn General Assembly

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

U.N.’s high-level meeting on TB: Why the Philippines should care

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Tuberculosis is the world’s biggest infectious killer. The Philippines is among 8 countries where two-thirds of 2017 TB cases were found, data showed.

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

Paolo Duterte resigns, Vinta death toll up to 240, Aguirre orders NCCC fire probe | Evening wRap

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:27 PM

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PH on Rohingya, Agoo Christmas crash, Pope Francis Christmas Eve message | Midday wRap

Dec 25, 2017 - 12:52 PM

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De Lima calls on intergov’t bodies to take action vs PH drug war

Dec 09, 2017 - 5:36 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Leila de Lima says addressing human right violations does not only rest on governments as 'we, the people ourselves, have to act – act with urgency and in solidarity with each other'

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Under heavy police guard, Senator Leila de Lima waves at her supporters after appearing before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 where her trumped-up charges on illegal drug trade are being heard. Photo from De Lima's office

Cayetano, CHR, Curry | Midday wRap

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Duterte and Kim, Avancena, Nuclear weapons ban | Midday wRap

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

Philippines at UN tells world not to interfere

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:21 AM

Extrajudicial killings have no place in our society and in our criminal justice system says the country s top diplomat

PHILIPPINES' TOP DIPLOMAT. Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks before the United Nations General Assembly

Former top UN official charged in bribery case

Oct 07, 2015 - 12:48 AM

Court documents show a former president of the United Nations General Assembly John Ashe has been charged with taking 1 3 million in bribes from Chinese businessmen partly to push for a real estate project in Macau

CHARGED. President of the United Nations General Assembly, John William Ashe speaks at the "Setting The Stage - 2015 And Beyond" global all-star summer concert at the United Nations on June 6, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Mike Coppola / Getty Images / AFP

TIMELINE: Philippine laws and policies on refugees

Jun 20, 2015 - 10:42 AM

In the past the Philippines had taken in thousands of refugees from different parts of the world See how past laws and policies covered these refugees

In UN vote, PH rejects Crimea referendum

Mar 28, 2014 - 2:48 PM

The Philippines joins 99 other nations in an overwhelming vote to support Ukraine on the Crimean issue

UN rejects Russian annexation of Crimea

Mar 28, 2014 - 1:17 AM

The UN General Assembly adopts a Western backed resolution declaring Crimea s breakaway referendum illegitimate

ROCK THE VOTE. People hold Russian flags as they gather at Lenin Square after the end of the referendum in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, March 16, 2014. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Crimea issue is like PH dispute with China

Mar 26, 2014 - 5:20 PM

The Philippines is studying a draft resolution that rejects the referendum that made Crimea a part of Russia

ROCK THE VOTE. People hold Russian flags as they gather at Lenin Square after the end of the referendum in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, March 16, 2014. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

PH calls for 'maximum restraint' in Crimea

Mar 18, 2014 - 2:56 PM

The Philippines says it remains deeply concerned about developments in Crimea

ROCK THE VOTE. People hold Russian flags as they gather at Lenin Square after the end of the referendum in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, March 16, 2014. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

US sees 'chance for diplomacy' with Iran

Sep 20, 2013 - 6:35 AM

The US said comments by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani had opened up a possible new diplomatic path

ROWHANI AND DIPLOMACY. The US government said comments by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani had opened up a possible new diplomatic path. EPA/Iranian Presidency/Handout