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UN Report: North Korea Defies UN Sanctions

Posted July 2nd, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A United Nations report says North Korea continues to violate international sanctions by attempting to ship arms to Burma and Syria, and by importing luxury goods. The report — by a panel of U.N. experts — also says that new KN-08 ballistic missiles shown at an April military parade could be fake. The parade was […]

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European Foreign Ministers Want ‘Decisive’ Effort to Regulate Arms Trade

Posted July 2nd, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Britain, France, Germany and Sweden are urging United Nations members to support a “decisive effort” to regulate conventional weapons trade. Delegates from more than 150 countries are gathering in New York Monday to begin a month-long meeting to draft a global arms trade treaty. Ahead of the conference, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, French Foreign […]

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UNHCR: Refugee Status Ends for Angolans and Liberians

Posted June 30th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency says Angolans and Liberian refugees who live abroad are no longer regarded as refugees. The UNHCR says their refugee status came to an end Saturday because both countries have “enjoyed many years of peace and stability after bitter civil wars.” Adrian Edwards, a UNHCR spokesman, said the agency is working with […]

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UN: Trafficking, Use of Illegal Drugs on the Rise in Asia

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says increased trafficking and use of amphetamine type stimulants, or ATS, as well as the illicit production and abuse of drugs is a growing problem in Asia. In its global drug report released Tuesday, the U.N.’s Office on Drugs and Crime says the trend is especially troubling in China and South East […]

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UN: Insurgents Should End Attacks on Afghan Civilians

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is calling on insurgents to end attacks on civilians in Afghanistan. The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said Tuesday that 214 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded last week in 48 separate incidents. UNAMA said “anti-government elements” were responsible for 98 percent of the casualties. On Friday, heavily-armed militants laid siege to […]

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U.N.: Crises Create 800,000 Refugees in 2011

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations refugee agency says 800,000 people around the world became refugees last year, the highest number recorded so far this century. The agency’s “Global Trends 2011” report, released Monday, says an additional 3.5 million were forcibly displaced within their countries. It says most of the displacement stemmed from humanitarian crises in Africa, starting […]

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UN Condemns Mutiny in DRC

Posted June 15th, 2012 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has condemned a mutiny of troops in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and called on neighboring countries to prevent the armed groups in North Kivu province from receiving outside support. China’s Ambassador to the U.N. Security Council, Li Boadong, said Friday that the council members also condemn the killing and abuse of […]

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UN, AU Condemn ‘Unconstitutional Changes’ in West Africa

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council and African Union Peace and Security Council have urged military coup leaders in Guinea Bissau to give up power and expressed concern at the presence of Islamist militants in coup-stricken Mali. Following talks Wednesday in New York, the two councils agreed on a statement condemning “the recent instances of unconstitutional […]

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UN: Humanitarian Efforts in North Korea ‘Seriously Underfunded’

Posted June 12th, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is calling for the international community to put aside political differences and boost funding to help address what it says are the dire humanitarian needs of North Koreans. The U.N. said Tuesday that aid efforts in North Korea remain “seriously underfunded,” even as it unveiled a funding request for an additional $198 […]

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UN: Humanitarian Efforts in North Korea ‘Seriously Underfunded’

Posted June 12th, 2012 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is calling for the international community to put aside political differences and boost funding to help address what it says are the dire humanitarian needs of North Koreans. The U.N. said Tuesday that aid efforts in North Korea remain “seriously underfunded,” even as it unveiled a funding request for an additional $198 […]

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