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North Korea says will resume U.S. talks if demands fully met

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:42 PM

'We have been deceived by the US, being caught in the dialogue with it for over one year and a half, and that was the lost time for us,' says North Korea's foreign ministry adviser

WALKING IN NORTH KOREA. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walks with US President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Zarif says informed by U.N. that U.S. has denied him visa

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:37 PM

So far there has been no official confirmation from Washington that it has rejected Mohammad Javad Zarif's visa application

ZARIF. This file photo shows Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

North Korean leader 'skips' set-piece New Year's speech

Jan 01, 2020 - 4:02 PM

Kim has been giving the annual speech since 2013, after he revives the tradition started by North Korea's founding leader Kim Il-sung

NO NEW YEAR SPEECH. 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. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Kim 'a man of his word' on denuclearization, Trump says

Jan 01, 2020 - 11:07 AM

US President Donald Trump once again says he and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un 'like' each other amid the latter's threats about a 'new strategic weapon'

US-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un following a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea ends test moratoriums, threatens 'new' weapon

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:33 AM

(UPDATED) 'The world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future,' says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

NO MORE MORATORIUM. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's announcement threatens to destroy nuclear diplomacy in the last two years. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

North Korea's Kim holds top party meeting ahead of U.S. deadline

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:33 AM

State media says Kim Jong-un presided over the meeting which discussed a new 'transparent, anti-imperialist independent stand'

MEETING. This picture taken on December 28, 2019 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on December 29 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (top, L) attending the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

Afghan war caused 100,000 civilian casualties in last decade – U.N.

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The announcement comes as the Taliban and US continue to hold talks aimed at drawing a close to America's longest war

North Korea's Kim discusses bolstering military as deadline approaches

Dec 22, 2019 - 11:43 AM

North Korea warns US it would 'pay dearly' if it criticizes the country's human rights record

LEADER. 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

ICC prosecutor announces probe into 'war crimes' in Palestinian territories

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'War crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,' says Prosecutor Fatou Besouda

Rich nations urged to do 'fair share' as global refugee meet begins

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:42 PM

'At this time of turbulence, the international community must do far more to shoulder this responsibility together,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

GLOBAL REFUGEE FORUM. A photo shows a genral view during the opening of the Global Refugee Forum, on December 17, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. climate talks unravelling, face failure

Dec 14, 2019 - 11:34 PM

Diplomats from rich nations, emerging giants and the world's poorest countries find fault in a draft agreement put forward by host Chile

PROTEST. A participant holds up a placard to call for action on climate change during a march in Tokyo on November 29, 2019 in line with the UN talks in Madrid. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Tropical Indonesia's tiny glaciers to melt away in a decade – study

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:22 PM

'Because of the relatively low elevation of the (Papua) glaciers... these will be the first to go,' says Lonnie Thompson, one of the authors of the study

This handout picture taken in November 2015 and received on December 13, 2019 from Global Atmosphere Watch shows a glacier on Indonesia's Puncak Jaya mountain range in Papua. Indonesia's little-known glaciers are melting so fast they could disappear in a decade, a new study says, underscoring the imminent threat posed by climate change to ice sheets in tropical countries. Handout / Global Atmosphere Watch / AFP

North Korea conducts another 'crucial test' at Sohae launch site – KCNA

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The spokesman of the North's National Academy of Defence Science says the 'research successes' will bolster up the 'reliable strategic nuclear deterrent' of North Korea

ANOTHER TEST. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 1, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the Hwa Islet defence detachment off the east coast of North Korea. File photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

U.N. talks struggle to stave off climate chaos

Dec 13, 2019 - 9:31 PM

As pressure inside and outside the talks mounts, old splits dividing rich polluters and developing nations have reemerged

UN TALKS. A participant walks past a wall showing a quote by Indian pacifist Mahatma Gandhi at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition centre, in Madrid, on December 13, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Greta Thunberg slams 'misleading' climate pledges at chaotic UN summit

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:27 AM

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the Time magazine person of 2019, says the UN climate forum has become an 'opportunity for countries to negotiate loopholes and avoid raising their ambition'

MISLEADING. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers a speech during a high-level event on climate emergency hosted by the Chilean presidency during the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition center, in Madrid, on December 11, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Solving climate crisis requires leadership – Bloomberg

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Beating climate change won't require a miracle, it won't require limitless resources, it will require leadership and common sense,' says Michael Bloomberg

LEADERSHIP. Child environmental activist from India, Licypriya Kangujam (L) and Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg slap hands during the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition center, in Madrid, on December 10, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

U.S., North Korea on collision course as New Year deadline looms

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The United States calls a UN Security Council meeting on North Korea's series of rocket launches, the latest return to antagonism as diplomacy languishes

DEADLINE. File photo of people watching a television news showing a file footage of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un which washeld at the truce village of Panmunjom, at a railway station in Seoul on July 25, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Trump warns Kim he has 'everything' to lose through hostility

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:45 AM

'Kim Jong-un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way,' US President Donald Trump tweets in response to an unspecified test at the Sohae space launch center

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo taken on October 11, 2019 US President Donald Trump speaks to the press at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

'Do it for our children,' parents plead at U.N. climate meet

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:50 AM

'If we are not courageous enough to take action in these weeks, ... we will be letting down humanity,' says Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado

Visitors arrive at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition centre, in Madrid, on December 3, 2019. Spain's Socialist government offered to host this year's UN climate conference, known as COP25, from December 2 to December 13, 2019, after the event's original host Chile withdrew last month due to deadly riots over economic inequality. CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP

Body of United Nations peacekeeper found in DR Congo

Dec 05, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The nationality of the peacekeeper was not given

PEACE MISSION. File photo of Indian peacekeepers from the MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, stand guard during a press trip to the Masisi Territory, North Kivu province, eastern DRCongo, on April 11, 2019. Photo by Alexis Huguet/AFP

U.N. expert warns of racial profiling 'prevalence' in Qatar

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:12 AM

Migrants from specific countries are often recruited for certain roles such as women from southeast Asia for domestic work and men from south Asia for unskilled construction jobs

RACIAL PROFILING. File photo of Doha, Qatar wih the Fanar Mosque in the foreground and behind the city skyline at night. Photo by ibrar.kunri/Shutterstock.com

U.N. chief says humanity's 'war against nature' must stop

Dec 01, 2019 - 10:06 PM

UN chief Antonio Guterres' comments are clearly aimed at the handful of countries responsible for more than half of global greenhouse gas emissions, though he did not call them out by name

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. Guterres has made the fight against the climate crisis one of his top priorities this year for the UN, which hosts world leaders next week for the UN General Assembly. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Japan comfort women sue PH government at U.N. body

Nov 30, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Having exhausted all channels, including a suit at the Supreme Court, Filipino women raped and assaulted by Japanese soldiers in World War II run to the United Nations

Kim Jong-un rejects invitation to South Korea summit – KCNA

Nov 21, 2019 - 4:29 PM

In a commentary, North Korea accuses the South of failing to carry out agreements reached between the two Koreas and harming cross-border ties by relying on the United States

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

North Korea 'no longer interested' in summits with U.S. – KCNA

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:14 PM

'We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us,' says North Korea's foreign ministry adviser Kim Kye-gwan

NO MORE SUMMITS? In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un walks with US President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.N. chief urges Myanmar to ensure 'safe' return of Rohingya

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:26 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok, with Myanmar's de facto head Aung San Suu Kyi in the room

ASEAN-UN SUMMIT. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) attend the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Asia must quit 'coal addiction' – U.N. chief

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:16 PM

'There is an addiction to coal that we need to overcome because it remains a major threat in relation to climate change,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. Coal provides 42% of the Philippines' electricity but spews over 39% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Shutterstock photo

Treatment of Assange putting his life 'at risk' – U.N. expert

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:03 PM

'Unless the UK urgently changes course and alleviates his inhumane situation, Mr. Assange's continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life,' says independent UN rights expert Nils Melzer

ASSANGE. A video grab taken from AFP TV footage shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he is driven by British police to Westminster Magistrates Court in London on April 11, 2019. File photo by AFP

North Korea's Kim sends Moon condolences for mother's death

Oct 31, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Kang Han-ok dies from a chronic illness on Tuesday, October 29, at the age of 92

MOON JAE-IN. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in delivers an annual budget address at the National Assembly in Seoul on October 22, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Argentina's Grossi elected head of U.N.'s nuclear watchdog

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The election of Rafael Grossi, Argentina's ambassador to the IAEA, comes at a critical time for the Vienna-based agency as Iran is decreasing its commitments under the 2015 landmark deal

GROSSI. Rafael Mariano Grossi, Argentina's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, is pictured during an AFP interview in Vienna, Austria on September 20, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Donors pledge nearly $10 billion for U.N. climate fund

Oct 26, 2019 - 12:20 AM

It exceeds the $9.3 billion pledged at the previous conference in 2014, of which only $7.2 billion has come through so far

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