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  • Russia's ambassador to United Nations dead at 64

    February 20, 2017 2:22 PM

    NEW YORK - Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64. Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told The Associated Press that Churkin became ill in his office at Russia's U.N. mission and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian... more »
  • Feds: Ex-UN official's relatives indicted in bribe scheme

    January 10, 2017 8:46 PM

    NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors in New York have charged two relatives of former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with plotting to bribe a Middle East official to influence the $800 million sale of a building complex in Vietnam. The relatives were named in an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court... more »
  • UN backs Russian-Turkish efforts for Syria peace

    December 31, 2016 1:34 PM

    The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and jumpstart peace negotiations. The resolution approved Saturday afternoon also calls for the "rapid, safe and unhindered" delivery of humanitarian aid throughout Syria. And it looks forward... more »
  • Diplomats: US expected to abstain on UN vote on Cuba embargo

    October 26, 2016 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - Diplomats say the United States is expected to abstain - for the first time - from a U.N. resolution criticizing America's economic embargo against Cuba. Such a step would effectively pit the Obama administration, with the United Nations, against the Republican-led Congress, which supports the 55-year-old embargo despite... more »
  • UN announces agreement on 72-hour Yemen cease-fire

    October 17, 2016 9:23 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations' special envoy for Yemen says the warring parties in the Arab nation have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire which will take effect just before midnight Wednesday. A U.N. statement released Monday evening said Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed "welcomes the restoration of the... more »
  • UN chief in Haiti to get glimpse of Matthew's destruction

    October 15, 2016 2:53 PM

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Haiti to see firsthand a sliver of the extensive damage and destruction left by Hurricane Matthew. Ban was greeted Saturday by Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles after he stepped out of a U.N. jet at the airport in Haiti's capital of... more »
  • UN holds first-ever summit on refugees and migrants

    September 18, 2016 1:34 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - The issue of what to do about the world's 65.3 million displaced people takes center stage at the United Nations General Assembly when leaders from around the globe converge on New York for the first-ever summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. With more people... more »
  • Obama aims to define his global leadership in last UN speech

    September 17, 2016 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will try to define how his leadership has made the planet safer and more prosperous when he gives his farewell speech this coming week to U.N. General Assembly. Obama's address Tuesday to the annual gathering of heads of state is one of his last major... more »
  • Cruz jokes that Duck Dynasty star should get diplomatic post

    February 19, 2016 4:24 PM

    MYRTLE BEACH - S en. Ted Cruz is jokingly proposing Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson for a top diplomatic post. "Imagine just for a moment: Phil Robertson, ambassador to the United Nations," the Texas senator said at a Friday morning rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. "How much would... more »
  • UN: Iran has started cutting back on nuclear technology

    November 18, 2015 12:02 PM

    VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear agency says Iran has started cutting back on nuclear programs, which could have been reengineered into making weapons, in line with a deal between six world powers. The assessment was in a report presented Wednesday by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency to members of... more »
  • Venezuelan president calls for shakeup at UN

    September 25, 2014 1:47 AM

    UNITED NATIONS - Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro called for a "re-founding" of the United Nations late Wednesday in his first speech before the international organization. The socialist president took the podium at the General Assembly of world leaders to demand that the U.N. undergo a profound transformation and recognize that... more »
  • UN health agency: E-cigarettes must be regulated

    August 26, 2014 5:54 AM

    GENEVA - The U.N. health agency says electronic cigarettes should be regulated and banned from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders. The World Health Organization also calls for a ban on sales to minors of the popular nicotine-vapor products, and to either forbid or... more »
  • US 'appalled' by 'disgraceful' UN school shelling

    August 3, 2014 2:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The United States says it is "appalled" by the "disgraceful" shelling by Israel of a United Nations school sheltering some 3,000 displaced people in southern Gaza. In language that was rare in its directness and severity, the U.S. denounced the attack earlier in the day that killed 10... more »
  • UN: More than 2,400 killed in Iraq in June

    July 1, 2014 2:05 AM

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The United Nations says more than 2,400 people were killed in Iraq in June, making it the deadliest month so far in the country this year. The U.N. mission to Iraq said in a statement released Tuesday that at least 2,417 people were killed in the... more »
  • Vatican defrocks 848 priests in 10 years for abuse

    May 6, 2014 12:27 PM

    GENEVA - The Vatican has released comprehensive statistics for the first time on how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children: It says 848 priests have been defrocked and another 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade. The Vatican's U.N. ambassador to Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi,... more »
  • At UN, Vatican sex abuse compared with torture

    May 5, 2014 10:38 AM

    GENEVA - A U.N. committee is comparing the Vatican's handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal with torture. And that raises the possibility that the failure to investigate clergy and their superiors could have broader legal implications. But the Vatican's top envoy in Geneva today insisted that the Holy... more »
  • Obama backs UN discussion of Syria arms proposal

    September 10, 2013 10:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says President Barack Obama has agreed to discussions at the United Nations Security Council on a proposal from Russia to secure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. The official says Obama discussed the proposal Tuesday with French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron.... more »
  • UN inspectors visit Syrian hospital

    August 26, 2013 2:59 PM

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Activists in Syria say U.N. inspectors have spent about three hours at a makeshift hospital in one of the areas near Damascus that were hit by what the opposition says was a chemical weapons attack by government forces last week. The inspectors met with doctors and took... more »
  • Syria agrees to UN chemical weapons investigation

    August 25, 2013 6:54 PM

    DAMASCUS - Syria will allow U.N. experts already in that country to begin an investigation Monday into last week's suspected chemical attack on rebel-held areas in the capital's eastern suburbs. A senior White House official is dismissing the agreement announced Sunday as "too late to be credible," saying the United... more »

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