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China Rejects UN Criticism of Monk Arrests

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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China has rejected criticism from a United Nations human rights panel about the status of more than 300 Tibetan monks arrested earlier this year in Sichuan province, saying the detained monks are undergoing “legal education” under the local authorities. The U.N. Working group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances on Wednesday called on Beijing to disclose […]

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UN Chief Calls for End of AIDS Epidemic Within 10 Years

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to take bold action to end the AIDS epidemic within 10 years. Mr. Ban spoke Wednesday at the start of a high-level U.N. conference on the global AIDS response. He called for world partners to come together to provide universal access to the prevention, […]

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UN Chief Begins Trip to South America This Week

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon leaves Friday for South America, where he will visit Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. The U.N. says Mr. Ban will meet with the presidents and foreign ministers of each of the four countries. He is scheduled to go first to Colombia, where he also will meet with the head of […]

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ICC Prosecutor: Bashir Still Committing Crimes in Darfur

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor says Sudan’s government continues to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur. In comments Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council, Luis Moreno-Ocampo said the Sudanese Armed Forces continue to carry out aerial attacks and killings aimed at ethnic groups believed to support Darfur rebels. Similar assertions came earlier […]

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UN Chief Calls for End of AIDS Epidemic Within 10 Years

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to take bold action to end the AIDS epidemic within 10 years. Mr. Ban spoke Wednesday at the start of a high-level U.N. conference on the global AIDS response. He called for world partners to come together to provide universal access to the prevention, […]

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UN Presses China on Fate of Missing Monks

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations human rights investigators are calling on China to disclose the fate of more than 300 Tibetan Buddhist monks they say have been subjected to enforced disappearances after being taken into custody at a monastery in Sichuan province earlier this year. The U.N. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances says the monks at […]

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UN Holding Conference on Global AIDS Response

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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World leaders are meeting Wednesday in New York for the first day of a United Nations AIDS conference aimed at charting the path of the global response to the epidemic. The U.N. says member states are expected to adopt a new declaration outlining their commitments. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the General Assembly’s high-level meeting […]

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UN: Food Prices Slightly Lower in May But to Stay High, Volatile

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations agency says global food prices fell slightly in May but will remain “stubbornly” high for the rest of the year and into 2012. The Food and Agriculture Organization released a price index Tuesday that shows food prices dropped 1 percent in May compared with April — but remain 37 percent above what […]

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Obama Welcomes UN Chief’s Bid for 2nd Term

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has welcomed the candidacy of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a second term heading the world body. In a statement Tuesday, the White House said Mr. Ban has made important reforms and led the U.N. as it played a critical role in crises and challenges around the world — including in […]

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Ban Ki-Moon Seeks Second Term as UN Secretary General

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has formally announced his candidacy for a second five-year term as the head of the world body. The 66-year-old former South Korean foreign minister said Monday he had sent a letter to the 192 U.N. member states to “humbly” offer himself for a second term. Mr. Ban has been secretary […]

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