- UN envoy warns that Iraq's political crisis helps extremists Updated: May-06-16 12:43 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The top United Nations envoy in Iraq is strongly urging leaders and civil society to work together to resolve the country's political deadlock, warning that the ongoing crisis and chaos are only serving the interests of Islamic State extremists.
- 120 nations accuse US top court of violating law over Iran Updated: May-05-16 7:16 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement headed by Iran accused the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday of violating international law by ruling that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets can be paid to victims of attacks linked to the country.
- Candidate for next UN chief asks to meet Security Council Updated: May-05-16 2:34 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Croatia's former foreign minister, who is campaigning to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations, said she has asked to meet members of the U.N. Security Council who will make the final decision.
- UN diplomat says Islamic State seeking new revenue streams Updated: May-04-16 8:29 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Islamic State extremist group is looking to increase revenue from taxation, smuggling antiquities "and potentially kidnap for ransom" after losing some territory and oil revenue following the destruction of significant oil facilities, the chair of the U.N. committee monitoring sanctions against the militant group and al-Qaida said Wednesday.
- The Latest: UN Security Council to hold meeting on Aleppo Updated: May-03-16 10:02 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria's civil war and the escalating violence in the contested northern city of Aleppo (all times local):
- UN demands protection for hospitals in conflicts Updated: May-03-16 1:14 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council responded to an upsurge in deadly attacks on hospitals and medical personnel, unanimously adopting a resolution Tuesday demanding that all parties to conflicts protect staff and facilities treating the wounded and sick.
- US once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria Updated: May-01-16 4:15 pm
GENEVA - Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome.
- China ambassador says North Korean proposal merits study Updated: Apr-29-16 11:56 pm
UNITED NATIONS - China's U.N. ambassador says a North Korea proposal under which Pyongyang would halt its nuclear program if the U.S. and South Korea suspend joint military exercises merits consideration.
- UN urges return to full operation of Western Sahara mission Updated: Apr-29-16 2:36 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council called Friday for the urgent return of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara to its full operation, a rebuke to Morocco which expelled most of the mission's civilian staff to protest a perceived slight by the U.N. secretary-general.
- UN says 9,333 killed since Ukraine conflict began Updated: Apr-28-16 7:52 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict began in April 2014, a top U.N. official said Thursday.
- UN: More aid deliveries in Syria, but people still starving Updated: Apr-28-16 7:16 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that despite increased aid deliveries in Syria, people are still starving without medical care and said the world should be "ashamed" at the devastating human toll in five years of "senseless" fighting.
- Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan Updated: Apr-28-16 5:06 pm
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain "under Israel's sovereignty permanently."
- South Korea: Suspected midrange North Korean missiles fail Updated: Apr-28-16 3:49 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number of apparent failures in recent weeks to three.
- UN votes to wrap up Ivory Coast peacekeeping mission in 2017 Updated: Apr-28-16 1:50 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to wrap up its 12-year peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast next year, a sign of confidence in the West African nation's progress to peace after years of political turmoil and thousands of deaths.
- UN to meet on May 6 on protection of Palestinian civilians Updated: Apr-27-16 11:55 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council will hold an informal meeting on May 6 on the protection of Palestinian civilians, an issue the Palestinians have pressed for decades and say is more needed now than ever.
- Russia asks UN to blacklist 2 powerful Syrian rebel groups Updated: Apr-27-16 11:53 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Russia said Wednesday it has asked the U.N. Security Council to blacklist two powerful Syrian rebel groups that it considers "terrorist organizations," one which is playing a key role in political negotiations aimed at ending the five-year conflict.
- UN envoy appeals to US, Russia to help Syria peace talks Updated: Apr-27-16 11:39 pm
GENEVA - The U.N. envoy for Syria appealed to the U.S. and Russia to intervene to help revive Syrian peace talks that sputtered to a pause Wednesday, saying a recent spike in fighting has overshadowed the talks and put an increasingly feeble truce in "great danger."
- Group: Western Sahara war is possible if no vote date set Updated: Apr-26-16 12:08 pm
MADRID - A top member of a group seeking independence for Western Sahara warned Tuesday that war is possible over the disputed territory annexed by Morocco if the U.N. Security Council fails to set a timetable for a vote on self-determination.
- US says piracy in Gulf of Guinea increasing at alarming rate Updated: Apr-25-16 7:59 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United States warned Monday that piracy and armed robbery are increasing at an alarming rate in the Gulf of Guinea, pointing to reports by industry experts of at least 32 attacks off the coast of Nigeria alone so far this year.
- Palestinians back French meeting on Israel-Palestinian peace Updated: Apr-21-16 3:49 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Palestinians said Thursday they strongly support a French initiative to hold a ministerial meeting, probably on May 30, as a first step to an international conference aimed at reviving the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
- Argentine foreign minister questioned on being next UN chief Updated: Apr-20-16 7:51 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Argentina's Foreign Minister Susanna Malcorra said Wednesday that whether she is nominated as a candidate to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations "is in the hands of my president."
- 14,000 people to elect next Somali parliament this year Updated: Apr-19-16 7:32 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Somalia's president said Tuesday a new electoral process for the Horn of Africa nation will be far more democratic this year when an electoral college of thousands elects members of parliament - compared to just 135 elders who selected the current members in 2012.
- Israel and Palestinians engage in rare UN shouting match Updated: Apr-18-16 7:05 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors engaged in a rare shouting match in the U.N. Security Council on Monday, reflecting Israel's growing consternation at the upsurge in Palestinian attacks against civilians and Palestinian frustration at the failure to achieve its dream of a truly independent state.
- UN envoy says peace in Yemen has never been so close Updated: Apr-15-16 6:50 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. special envoy for Yemen who will be leading peace talks next week between the government and Shiite rebels said Friday that peace has never been as close as it is today.
- Russia urges closing Turkey-Syria border to bar extremists Updated: Apr-14-16 11:21 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Russia called Thursday for the closing of the Turkey-Syrian border to prevent the Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front extremist groups from receiving foreign fighters and weapons into Syria - and from exporting oil, artifacts and other goods.