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UNESCO Adds Sites in Africa, East Asia to World Heritage List

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations’ cultural body has named five sites from across Africa and East Asia to become World Heritage properties. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced Friday it has added sites from Kenya, Senegal, Australia, Japan and China. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is meeting in Paris through next week to examine 37 sites […]

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UN Court Convicts First Woman in 1994 Rwanda Genocide

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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A U.N. court has sentenced a former Rwandan government minister to life in prison for her role in the 1994 genocide in that country. The United Nations-backed tribunal in Tanzania sentenced Pauline Nyiramasuhuko Friday on charges of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and rape as a crime against humanity. She is the first woman convicted […]

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UN to Assess Human Rights in Yemen

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says it is sending a mission to Yemen next week to look at human rights issues. The U.N. said Friday the three-member delegation would arrive in Yemen on Monday for a 10-day fact-finding mission. The U.N. said the group would attempt to assess the state of affairs in the turbulent country as […]

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UN Court Convicts First Woman in 1994 Rwanda Genocide

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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A U.N. court has sentenced a former Rwandan government minister to life in prison for her role in the 1994 genocide in that country. The United Nations-backed tribunal in Tanzania sentenced Pauline Nyiramasuhuko Friday on charges of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and rape as a crime against humanity. She is the first women convicted […]

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UN Report: Heroin, Cocaine, Canabis Markets Decline or Stabilize

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says global markets for heroin, cocaine and cannabis declined or remained stable last year, but the production and abuse of prescription and synthetic drugs increased. In its annual World Drug Report issued Thursday, the U.N. agency says global production of heroin’s key ingredient, opium, dropped 38 percent […]

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UN Selects Qatari Diplomat as Next President

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. General Assembly has elected a veteran diplomat from Qatar to serve as its next president. Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser was elected Wednesday to take over the rotating presidency when the General Assembly begins its next session in September. Al-Nasser said he will act as a bridge between developed and developing nations, and will focus […]

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UN: Countries Slow to Contribute for North Korean Food Aid

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.N. official says the United Nations is having trouble raising money to address what it says are severe food shortages in North Korea. In an interview aired Thursday on Japan’s NHK television, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said the world body has so far received less than 20 percent of the $210 […]

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UN Secretary-General Wins 2nd Term

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations General Assembly has voted to keep Ban Ki-moon as the head of the world body for another five years. The 192-nation assembly Tuesday unanimously approved a second term for Secretary General Ban, set to begin on January 1. Last week, the Security Council endorsed the bid of Mr. Ban, a 67-year-old former […]

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UN Mulls Piracy Courts

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is considering where to establish courts to try the more that 1,000 suspected pirates currently being held in 20 countries across the globe. The U.N.’s top legal advisor, Patricia O’Brien, told the Security Council on Tuesday that Somalia, with the most number of pirates in detention, prefers to have the establishment of […]

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UN Secretary-General Expected to Win 2nd Term

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations General Assembly is expected to reconfirm Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term as the world’s top diplomat. The vote in the 192-nation assembly is expected Tuesday afternoon. Last week, the Security Council endorsed the bid of Mr. Ban, a 67-year-old former South Korean foreign minister. Mr. Ban said he was “deeply […]

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