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  • Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 6:23 am
  • TEHRAN, Iran - A senior Iranian military official has urged the foreign ministry to name a new envoy to the U.N. after the U.S. blocked its chosen ambassador over alleged ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

  • Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:00 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as guidance.

  • UN says 58 killed in attack on UN base in SSudan 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 8:08 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - An attack on a U.N. peacekeeping base in South Sudan where some 5,000 members of an ethnic minority had sought shelter killed 58 people and injured about 100 others, a U.N. official said Friday.

  • N. Korea criticizes 'human rights racket' of US 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:46 pm
  • PYONGYANG, North Korea - A North Korean spokesman is blaming the United States and its allies for a "human rights racket" a day after the U.N. Security Council met to discuss a new report that accuses the reclusive communist regime of crimes against humanity.

  • UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:41 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against "a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world," and he told reporters that most council members "expressly said" the matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court.

  • UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:50 pm
  • VIENNA - Iran has converted three quarters of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms and is well on the way toward transforming the rest, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday.

  • West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:15 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there.

  • Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:02 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The man who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 has apologized for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda mainly against the Tutsi minority - and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people according to government figures.

  • UN deploys Ugandan guard unit in Somali capital 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:55 am
  • KAMPALA, Uganda - About 400 Ugandan troops will be deployed to Somalia under a new United Nations guard unit charged with protecting U.N. staff and installations in the violence-prone Somali capital, Ugandan military officials said.

  • Correction: Charleston-World Heritage story 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:37 am
  • CHARLESTON, South Carolina - In a story April 7 about Charleston seeking World Heritage status, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Charleston's application must be submitted to the National Park Service by January 2016. That date is only a target for completing the application, not a deadline.

  • Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:10 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged out.

  • Iran protests UN ambassador ban to United Nations 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:49 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - Iran has formally protested Washington's refusal to grant a visa to its new U.N. ambassador, saying the move damages international diplomacy and sets a "dangerous" precedent.

  • Bolivia president takes Chile coast case to court 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:34 am
  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The president of Bolivia has delivered written legal arguments to the United Nations' highest court in his land-locked nation's bid to gain access to part of Chile's Pacific coast.

  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 11:43 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council met late Sunday in emergency session as violence escalated in eastern Ukraine, hours before a Monday morning deadline for pro-Russia protesters to lay down their arms or face Ukrainian troops.

  • Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 5:46 pm
  • BERLIN - The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.

  • Iran rejects naming new UN envoy after US refusal 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 1:37 pm
  • TEHRAN, Iran - Iran rejected naming a new diplomat Saturday to represent it at the United Nations, with one lawmaker urging the Islamic Republic to stand up to "bullying" from the U.S., which has rejected granting its pick a visa.

  • UN expert weighs in on Redskins controversy 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:48 am
  • GENEVA - A United Nations human rights expert says the name of the Washington Redskins football team is a "hurtful reminder" of the mistreatment of Native Americans, but stopped short of joining in calls for the team's owner to change the name.

  • UN approves force for Central African Republic 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:07 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved a nearly 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for Central African Republic, where mounting violence between Christians and Muslims has brought killings, torture and sexual violence.

  • Iraq scrambles to fight polio surge amid conflict 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 12:13 pm
  • BAGHDAD - Across parts of Iraq, medical teams in white coats and gloves again roam the streets giving children polio vaccines and marking the walls of their homes, fighting a resurgent virus once more taking advantage of the country's turmoil.

  • Priest: 30 dead in Central African Republic clash 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 11:04 am
  • BANGUI, Central African Republic - Clashes between Christian and Muslim fighters in Central African Republic have left at least 30 people dead and forced others to flee their homes, a priest said Thursday.

  • Dutch compensate families of 3 Srebrenica victims 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 10:56 am
  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Relatives of three men killed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre will each receive 20,000 euros ($28,000) in compensation, the Dutch government announced Thursday. Their lawyer called the amount "shameful."

  • Doctors Without Borders blasts UN in South Sudan 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 2:37 pm
  • JUBA, South Sudan - In a blistering criticism of the United Nations mission in South Sudan, Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that the mission is refusing to quickly move 21,000 displaced people from a U.N. base to safer grounds before the rainy season.

  • US envoy: C. African Republic needs more troops 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 2:11 pm
  • BANGUI, Central African Republic - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday urged more support for existing African and French troops in Central African Republic on the eve of a U.N. vote to create a peacekeeping mission.

  • Palestinian urges boycott of Israeli settlements 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 5:34 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The Palestinian U.N. envoy urged the world Tuesday to boycott products from "illegal" Israeli settlements as part of a stepped up campaign to help Palestine become independent.

  • UN rights chief blames most crimes on Syrian gov't 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 4:49 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - Atrocities by the Syrian government "far outweigh" crimes by the opposition fighters and Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is "mostly responsible" for the human rights offenses in the three-year war, the U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday.