Latest United Nations Security Council News

A Palestinian woman checks the nylon cover on the roof of her house on a rainy day in a poor neighborhood of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

U.S. announces restoration of relations with Palestinians

Jan. 26, 2021 4:04 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration announced Tuesday it was restoring relations with the Palestinians and renewing aid to Palestinian refugees, a reversal of the Trump administration’s cutoff and a key element of its new support for a two-state solution to the...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2020 file photo, Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria, speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. On Monday Jan. 25, 2021, delegations from Syria’s government, opposition and civil society started the fifth round of meetings in Geneva aimed at revising the constitution of the war-torn country. Syria’s nearly 10-year conflict has killed more than half a million people and displaced half the country’s pre-war 23 million population. (Salvatore Di Nolfi, Keystone via AP, File)

New round of talks on Syria's constitution begins in Geneva

Jan. 25, 2021 10:16 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Delegations from Syria’s government, opposition and civil society began a new round of meetings in Geneva on Monday aimed at revising the constitution of the war-torn country. The fifth round of the so-called Constitutional Committee came days after U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir...

Opposition activist Nina Baginskaya, 73, center, struggles with police during a Belarusian opposition supporters rally at Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Police in Belarus have dispersed protesters who gathered on the capital's central square, detaining dozens. The crackdown in Independence Square on Wednesday comes on the 18th straight day of protests pushing for the resignation of Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Opposition leader urges UN to halt Belarus media crackdown

Jan. 22, 2021 6:49 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The main opposition challenger in Belarus’ disputed presidential election urged the United Nations on Friday to call for a halt to “violence and lawlessness” in the country, including media censorship, internet shutdowns, website blockages and cancellation of...

Central African Republic declares state of emergency

Jan. 22, 2021 4:00 AM EST

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic has declared a 15-day state of emergency throughout the country as a coalition of armed groups seeks to overthrow the newly re-elected President Faustin-Archange Touadera. The spokesperson for the presidency, Albert Yaloke Mokpeme, made the...

UN envoy: Central African Republic risks setback from rebels

Jan. 21, 2021 10:42 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic warned Thursday that the country risks a setback in efforts to restore peace because of rebel attacks and called for “a substantial increase” of U.N. peacekeepers to protect civilians and ensure...

FILE - In this April 30, 2019 file photo, U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen speaks to journalists following a U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria at U.N. headquarter. Pedersen announced Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021,  that the next round of talks toward revising the war-battered country's constitution will start in Geneva on Jan. 25 and urged the parties to move to actual drafting.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

UN announces talks on new Syria constitution resume Jan 25

Jan. 20, 2021 6:36 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria announced Wednesday that the next round of talks toward revising the war-battered country's constitution will start in Geneva on Jan. 25 and urged the parties to move to actual drafting. Geir Pedersen told the U.N. Security Council he views the meeting...

UN chief intends to invite Cyprus rivals to meet soon

Jan. 19, 2021 10:06 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he intends to invite the rival leaders on Cyprus to an informal meeting “as soon as practicable,” but he warns that this meeting must be different and help clarify “the true extent" of their common vision “and...

UN chief urges foreign fighters leave Libya by Saturday

Jan. 19, 2021 7:52 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief is urging the departure of all foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya by Saturday as called for in the Oct. 23 cease-fire agreement signed by the warring sides after years of fighting split the oil-rich North African nation in two. Secretary-General Antonio...

Arab League head hopes Biden changes Trump Mideast policies

Jan. 18, 2021 7:09 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the Arab League expressed hope Monday that the Biden administration will change President Donald Trump's policies and launch a political process supported by regional and international parties to achieve independence for the Palestinians. Ahmed Aboul Gheit,...

Map locates West Darfur

Tribal clashes leave dozens dead in 2 Sudanese provinces

Jan. 18, 2021 4:56 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur province killed around 130 people over the weekend, including children and women, doctors and an aid worker said Monday. Authorities In South Darfur, meanwhile, reported dozens of casualties from ethnic fighting in that...