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UN report: Sex abuse in UN peacekeeping drops, up elsewhere

Mar. 18, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in U.N. peacekeeping missions decreased in 2018 — but allegations against other U.N. personnel and against staff of organizations implementing U.N. programs increased, according to a U.N. report released Monday. Secretary-General...

Women greatly outnumbered by men in political power

Mar. 12, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — When it comes to political power, women are totally outnumbered by men, accounting for less than 7 percent of the world's leaders and only 24 percent of lawmakers, according to the latest statistics. U.N. General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa told delegates to the...

34 Rohingya women, children found stranded on Malaysia beach

Mar. 1, 2019 8:07 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — More than 30 Muslim Rohingya women and children were found stranded along a beach in Malaysia's northernmost state, and are believed to have been dropped off by human traffickers, authorities said. A police official in Kangar, the capital of northern Perlis state, said...

Bangladesh: We'll become unable to take new Myanmar refugees

Feb. 28, 2019 9:52 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Bangladesh's foreign secretary said Thursday his country will need to stop accepting more refugees from Myanmar and accused its government of being "obstructionist" about bringing back more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence. Myanmar, meanwhile, continued to insist...

The Latest: Venezuela partially closes Colombian border

Feb. 22, 2019 9:39 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Venezuela's government is ordering the partial closure of its border with Colombia hours ahead of a U.S.-backed plan to deliver humanitarian aid over the objections of President Nicolas Maduro. Vice...

Chinese-Australian billionaire wins media defamation suit

Feb. 22, 2019 6:34 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Chinese-Australian billionaire Chau Chak Wing was awarded 280,000 Australian dollars ($200,000) in damages on Friday by an Australian judge who ruled he was defamed by a media report that insinuated he bribed a former United Nations general assembly president. The businessman,...

Denmark's Inger Andersen elected UN environment chief

Feb. 20, 2019 6:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has elected Inger Andersen of Denmark as the new executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, which is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Andersen's nomination by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was approved Wednesday by acclamation for a four-year...

Ukraine's president wants UN options for peace force in east

Feb. 20, 2019 3:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N.-mandated peacekeeping operation could be decisive in ending the conflict in Ukraine's east with Russian-backed separatists — and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres should send an assessment mission to come up with options, Ukraine's president said Wednesday. Petro...

The Latest: Pence praises DEA help in convict Maduro allies

Feb. 1, 2019 5:50 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6.35 p.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has congratulated the Drug Enforcement Administration for helping bring drug trafficking convictions against several members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's family...

Envoy says no UN membership for Palestinians now

Jan. 28, 2019 6:45 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian ambassador at the United Nations said Monday that the day will come when "obstacles" in the Security Council to full U.N. membership for Palestine will be removed "but that day is not today." The main hurdle is the United States, a veto-wielding Security Council member...