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US, China Reach Deal on Tightening UN Sanctions on North Korea: Diplomats

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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Diplomats at the United Nations say the United States has reached a deal with China on tightening international sanctions against North Korea for its December rocket launch. The diplomats say the U.S. circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member U.N. Security Council. It could vote as early as Tuesday to punish North Korea for the […]

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UN Rights Chief Renews Call for Syrian War Crimes Probe

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A top United Nations official says she believes both sides in the Syrian civil war have committed war crimes, and is urging the U.N. Security Council to order an official investigation by the International Criminal Court at The Hague. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay spoke Friday after briefing the Security Council. Her […]

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UN Official Calls for Probe of North Korea’s Human Rights Record

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations human rights chief has demanded an international investigation into North Korea’s human rights record. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay issued a statement Monday calling the human rights situation in North Korea “deplorable,” and saying that a year after Kim Jong Un became the country’s new supreme leader, there is […]

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UN Seeks Surveillance Drones for Eastern Congo

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations peacekeepers are asking the Security Council to support the use of surveillance drones in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous appealed to the council in a closed-door session Tuesday, seeking the drones to help the more than 17,000 peacekeepers in the country. Rebels briefly took control of the […]

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UN Votes to Re-Open Arms Treaty Debate

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to restart talks on a treaty regulating the global trade of conventional arms, after a similar effort failed in July. The assembly has agreed to hold a conference in March to try to reach a consensus on a plan that would set global standards for the international transfer […]

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UN’s Ban: Abnormal Weather Has Become Normal

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says abnormal weather — including violent storms, melting icecaps and drought — is now the new normal and threatens global security and the future. Mr. Ban told a U.N. climate change meeting in Doha Tuesday that no one is immune to global warming, rich or poor. He called it a […]

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Palestinians, Israelis Divided on UN Decision

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip celebrated into the early hours Friday morning after the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the Palestinian Authority’s bid to upgrade its status to that of a non-member observer state. Palestinians were especially cheered by the 138 U.N. members that voted in favor late Thursday. They said it […]

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UN General Assembly Approves Palestinian Status Upgrade

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state with non-member observer status. There was jubiliation on the floor of the assembly after the resolution was approved Thursday by a vote of 138-to-9, with 41 nations abstaining. Palestinians in Ramallah erupted in wild cheers, hugging each other and honking horns after […]

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United Nations Opens Debate on Palestinian Statehood

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has opened its debate on a bid by the Palestinian Authority to secure a diplomatic upgrade that would change its status to that of an observer state. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas addressed the General Assembly Thursday ahead of what is expected to be successful bid. Mr. Abbas said the vote on raising […]

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Support Strong for UN Palestinian Bid

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Unied Nations General Assembly is expected to decide late Thursday whether to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority at the world body from an entity to a non-member state. VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports from the United Nations that support is strong for the upgrade, but it will lack the backing of some key […]

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