US intended to allow passage of UN draft critical of Israel

US intended to allow passage of UN draft critical of Israel

The United States intended to allow the UN Security Council to approve a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, two Western officials said on Thursday, a major reversal of US practice of protecting Israel from such criticism. Egypt, which had proposed the draft resolution, abruptly put off a vote that had been scheduled […]

UN agrees to set up panel for Syria war crimes cases

UN agrees to set up panel for Syria war crimes cases

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday agreed to set up a panel to gather evidence on war crimes in Syria, taking a first step toward prosecuting those responsible for atrocities in the nearly six-year war. A resolution on establishing the investigative mechanism was adopted in the 193-nation assembly by a vote of 105 to 15, […]

Ban Ki-moon, the UN’s ‘invisible man’, bids farewell

Ban Ki-moon, the UN’s ‘invisible man’, bids farewell

Ban Ki-moon, who steps down as UN secretary-general at the end of the month, will be remembered as a conscientious statesman who has championed humanitarian causes, but who has struggled to have an impact on the world stage. Addressing the UN General Assembly Monday, Ban said leading the UN for the past 10 years had […]

Haley for UN, DeVos for education as Trump picks first women for cabinet

Haley for UN, DeVos for education as Trump picks first women for cabinet

Donald Trump has chosen South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and prominent charter school advocate Betsy DeVos as his secretary of education, the first women selected for top-level posts in his new administration. Both Cabinet-level positions require Senate confirmation. While some cheered Haley’s selection, despite her limited experience […]

UN sees ‘bleak moment’ for Aleppo residents as fighting escalates

UN sees ‘bleak moment’ for Aleppo residents as fighting escalates

Syrian rebels fought fiercely with pro-government forces as they tried to advance into opposition-held areas of eastern Aleppo on Friday and warplanes kept up their bombardment of the area in a renewed bid by Damascus to retake the entire city. The U.N. humanitarian adviser said on Friday the besieged population of eastern Aleppo faced a […]

UN announces 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen

UN announces 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen

A 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen is due to start on Wednesday night, the U.N. envoy for Yemen said on Monday after he received commitments from all of the country’s warring factions. U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the cessation of hostilities would begin at 2359 local time (2059 GMT) on Wednesday […]

Portugal’s ex-prime minister Guterres poised to become next UN secretary-general

Portugal’s ex-prime minister Guterres poised to become next UN secretary-general

The Security Council unanimously agreed Wednesday that Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres should be the next secretary-general of the United Nations. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin made the announcement to reporters surrounded by the 14 other council ambassadors after they held a sixth informal poll of the 10 candidates behind closed doors. Churkin announced […]

UN peacekeeper killed, others wounded in Mali attack

UN peacekeeper killed, others wounded in Mali attack

A UN peacekeeper was killed and eight others injured on Monday in an attack on their camp in northeastern Mali near the Algerian border, the United Nations said. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the four coordinated assaults targeting the UN mission known as MINUSMA and said that attacks on peacekeepers are war crimes. A peacekeeper […]

UN says it is ready to resume Syria aid convoys

UN says it is ready to resume Syria aid convoys

The UN said Wednesday it was ready to resume humanitarian convoys in Syria after an attack on aid trucks and a warehouse, which left 20 people dead, triggered a suspension of deliveries. “The preparation for these convoys has now resumed and we are ready to deliver aid to besieged and hard-to-reach areas as soon as […]

Risk of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ in Burundi, UN investigators warn

Risk of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ in Burundi, UN investigators warn

Burundi’s government is behind systematic human rights violations, including executions and torture, UN investigators said Tuesday, warning of possible crimes against humanity and the looming risk of “genocide”. Three experts commissioned by the UN human rights office recommend the establishment of a commission of inquiry after examining abuses over 14 months through June 30. Violence […]

UN, Gulf States, US agree on plan to restart Yemen peace talks

UN, Gulf States, US agree on plan to restart Yemen peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he had agreed in talks with Gulf Arab states and the United Nations in Saudi Arabia on a plan to restart Yemen peace talks with a goal of forming a unity government. U.N.-sponsored negotiations to end 18 months of fighting in the impoverished country on Saudi […]

Israel arrests UN Gaza employee ‘for aiding Hamas’

Israel arrests UN Gaza employee ‘for aiding Hamas’

Israel said on Tuesday it had arrested and charged a United Nations employee for allegedly providing “material assistance” to the Islamist movement Hamas. Engineer Waheed Borsh, who has worked for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) since 2003, was arrested on July 16 and indicted in a civilian court in Israel on Tuesday, a government statement […]

US predicts UN will swiftly condemn North Korea missile launches

US predicts UN will swiftly condemn North Korea missile launches

  U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power predicted that the Security Council would swiftly condemn North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launches following an emergency meeting Wednesday of the U.N.’s most powerful body. Power told reporters after the closed meeting there were “strong condemnations across the board” from all 15 council members, which she found encouraging. Her assessment […]

Amnesty, HRW want Saudis removed from UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty, HRW want Saudis removed from UN Human Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS: Two leading human rights group urged UN member-states on Wednesday to suspend Saudi Arabia from the UN Human Rights Council over the killing of civilians in Yemen and repression at home. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said they would begin lobbying the UN General Assembly to hold a vote on suspending Saudi […]

Sarah Palin congratulates the UK on Brexit and urges the U.S. to ‘follow suit’ and abandon the UN

Sarah Palin congratulates the UK on Brexit and urges the U.S. to ‘follow suit’ and abandon the UN

Sarah Palin has congratulated the UK on voting to leave the European Union and has urged the United States to emulate the spirit of their transatlantic ally and leave the United Nations. The former Governor of Alaska posted a picture of Margaret Thatcher to Facebook and quoted the former prime minister and conservative hero writing, […]