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FILE - In this May 20 2008 file photo, pro-independence Polisario Front rebel soldiers prepare tea in the Western Sahara region of Tifariti. The Moroccan military has intervened in a U.N.-patrolled border zone in the disputed Western Sahara to clear a key road it said was being blockaded for weeks by supporters of the pro-independence Polisario Front. Moroccan forces set up a security cordon overnight in the Guerguerat buffer zone on Western Sahara's southern border with Mauritania,

UN chief vows to do utmost to keep Western Sahara cease-fire

Nov. 13, 2020 4:54 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ramped up efforts Friday to try to get Morocco and pro-independence supporters in disputed Western Sahara to step back from a renewed flare up of fighting, warning that the clashes could rupture a nearly 30-year cease-fire and have “grave...

UN votes to crack down on Somalia's al-Shabab extremists

Nov. 12, 2020 11:00 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to prevent the sale or shipment to Somalia of components of improvised explosive devices if there is “significant risk” they may be used to manufacture the often deadly devices that are increasingly being used in attacks by...

Japan, China, Germany, Slovakia, Uganda win U.N. court seats

Nov. 12, 2020 2:00 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Judges from Japan, China, Germany, Slovakia and Uganda won seats Thursday on the International Court of Justice, the U.N.’s top judicial organ. In the contested race, eight candidates were vying for five seats on 15-member world court based in The Hague, Netherlands whose job...

North Korea calls UN nuclear watchdog `a marionette' of West

Nov. 11, 2020 7:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea called the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog “a marionette dancing to the tune” of hostile Western countries Wednesday, rejecting its information about the country's nuclear program as “grossly distorted” and based on “guesswork and...

UN food chief: Yemen faces `looming famine,' needs millions

Nov. 11, 2020 2:42 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning World Food Program sounded an alarm Wednesday that war-torn Yemen faces “looming famine" and urged nations to provide hundreds of millions of dollars immediately, saying it will mean “the difference between life and death of...

ICC: Forces in Libya's failed offensive booby trapped homes

Nov. 10, 2020 6:13 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court reported Tuesday that the recent failed offensive by Libya’s eastern-based forces involved a pattern of violence and the use of mines by retreating forces that harmed civilians, which is a war crime when used...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, listens to Syrian President Bashar Assad, right on screen, during their talks via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia's Putin says time for Syrian refugees to return home

Nov. 9, 2020 7:31 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Millions of Syrian refugees who fled their country's civil war should start returning home to help rebuild Syria now that large parts of the Arab nation enjoy relative peace, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday. Putin’s comments came in a video call with Syrian...

Today in History

Nov. 8, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Nov. 8, the 313th day of 2020. There are 53 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 8, 2016, Republican Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in an astonishing victory for a celebrity...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2020 file photo, Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, speaks about the fourth round of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.N. said Libya’s rivals wrapped up their military talks in the Libyan oasis town of Ghadames, late Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, with a call to the U.N. Security Council to adopt a binding resolution to implement a cease-fire deal inked in Geneva in October. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP, File)

Libya’s rivals urge UN Security Council to back cease-fire

Nov. 4, 2020 1:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s rivals wrapped up their military talks with a call to the U.N. Security Council to adopt a binding resolution to implement a cease-fire deal inked last month, the U.N. said. The two-day talks in the oasis town of Ghadames, which concluded late Tuesday, were the first...

UN defeats Russia resolution promoting women at peace tables

Oct. 30, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council defeated a Russian resolution Friday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a U.N. measure demanding equal participation for women in activities promoting global peace, with opponents objecting to its failure to adequately address human rights and the key...