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UN Security Council Condemns N. Korean Rocket Launch

Posted April 16th, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Security Council issued a statement Monday strongly condemning North Korea for its attempted launch of a long range rocket last week. The resolution calls Thursday’s launch “a serious violation of existing Security Council resolutions” aimed halting Pyongyang’s use of ballistic missile technology. It also says the failed launch caused “grave security concerns” across […]

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UN Security Council Said Ready to Condemn Pyongyang Missile Launch

Posted April 16th, 2012 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. diplomats say they expect to announce a Security Council statement Monday denouncing North Korea’s attempt to launch a long-range rocket last week. Unidentified diplomats are quoted as saying council members have reached agreement after three days of talks behind closed doors. They say the statement will be released Monday morning in New York unless […]

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UN Security Council Ready to Condemn Pyongyang Launch Bid

Posted April 16th, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. diplomats say they expect to announce a Security Council statement Monday denouncing North Korea’s attempt to launch a long-range rocket last week. Unidentified diplomats are quoted saying council members have agreed on a statement after three days of talks behind closed doors. They say the statement will be released Monday morning unless objections are […]

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International Pressure Intensifies to Hold Syria Cease-fire

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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International pressure was intensifying Thursday on Syria to maintain a fragile truce with its opponents, as Russia and China said they will support deploying an observer mission to Syria to monitor the cease-fire that went into effect early Thursday. From the United Nations, VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports the truce was holding, despite scattered violence. Russian […]

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Africa, Asia to Lead Future Urban Population Growth

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A new report says Africa and Asia will see the fastest urban population growth in the next four decades. A United Nations study issued Thursday says Africa’s urban population will increase almost three times, from 414 million to more 1.2 billion by 2050, and that’s Asia’s will grow from just under 2 billion to 3.3 […]

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UN: Afghans Top List of Asylum Seekers in 2011

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations refugee agency says Afghans topped the list of asylum-seekers to industrialized countries in 2011. A data analyst for the Geneva-based UNHCR, Tarek Abou Chabake, told VOA Afghanistan is the top source country, followed by China and Iraq. Chabake said that overall, asylum applications to the countries surveyed rose 20 percent in 2011, […]

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UN Chief Urges North Korea to Reconsider Rocket Launch Plan

Posted March 24th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged North Korea to reconsider its announced plan to launch a so-called “application satellite” next month. Mr. Ban discussed the issue in a meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Saturday. He arrived in Seoul earlier in the day to attend the Nuclear Security Summit which begins Monday. The […]

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Tibetan Activist Stages Hunger Strike From NY Hospital

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A Tibetan activist staging a nearly monthlong hunger strike outside the United Nations is continuing his protest from a New York hospital Tuesday. The Tibetan Youth Congress said in a press release that Tibetan-American Dorjee Gyalpo was forced by police to seek medical care late Monday after he was unable to stand up on the […]

UN Peacebuilding Panel Wants Greater Agency Collaboration

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission says it wants deeper collaboration with other U.N. entities to support post-conflict countries, and that those nations can benefit from better sharing of their experiences. In a report discussed Monday at the U.N. General Assembly, the commission says bringing in the expertise of more U.N. agencies would give “balanced attention” […]

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UN Chief Deepens Ties with ASEAN on Visit to Indonesia

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says a recently adopted partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was the focus of talks Tuesday between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of ASEAN. Mr. Ban’s office says the meeting in Jakarta with ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan dealt with disaster risk reduction and peace and security issues. They also […]

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