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  • Countries begin signing nuclear ban treaty at UN

    September 20, 2017 9:13 AM

    UNITED NATIONS -Countries have started signing on to the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons that is backed by over 100 nations. But the nuclear powers want no part of it. Brazilian President Michel Temer was first to sign at a ceremony Wednesday at the United Nations. Its treaty... more »
  • Trump's speech at UN singles out North Korea, Iran

    September 19, 2017 2:38 PM

    NEW YORK- Israel's prime minister is praising President Donald Trump's address to the U.N. that condemned Iran. Benjamin Netanyahu said, "In over 30 years in my experience with the U.N., I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech." He said Trump "spoke the truth about the great dangers... more »
  • UN aid chief accuses Syria of using suffering as war tactic

    May 30, 2017 11:03 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. humanitarian chief is accusing the Syrian government of increasingly using civilian suffering as "a tactic of war," saying it denies aid and pushes people in cities under attack to choose between starvation and death or fleeing to places just as unsafe. Stephen O'Brien told the... more »
  • US ambassador says no question Russia meddled in election

    April 2, 2017 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says there's no question Russia was involved in the U.S. presidential election and that the actions of the Kremlin will be addressed after the investigations are completed. In an interview with ABC's "This Week," Ambassador Nikki Haley says Trump hasn't told... more »
  • 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 »

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