Latest United Nations General Assembly News

US urges arms embargo and sanctions against Myanmar military

Apr. 09, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations urged the international community to take “concrete action” against the military in Myanmar on Friday including an arms embargo and sanctions against its holding companies and those who profit from them, saying this is the...

US and China clash at UN meeting on combatting racism

Mar. 19, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States accused China on Friday of committing “genocide and crimes against humanity” against Uyghur Muslims and other minorities, and China accused the U.S. of discrimination, hatred “and even savage murder of people of African and Asian descent.” ...

Reports: Myanmar military-named deputy UN ambassador resigns

Mar. 04, 2021 14:33 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar's deputy U.N. ambassador, who was assigned by the military to head the country’s mission to the United Nations after the ambassador strongly opposed their recent coup, resigned on Wednesday, according to social media and newspaper reports. ...

US demands status of all Syrian detainees be made public

Mar. 04, 2021 11:53 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States demanded Tuesday that the status of tens of thousands of civilians detained in Syria during the country’s 10-year conflict be made public, and that the bodies of those who died be returned to their loved ones. U.S. Ambassador...

Who is Myanmar's UN envoy? Coup opponent or representative

Mar. 02, 2021 22:17 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador, who strongly opposed the military coup in his country, insists he remains the permanent representative to the United Nations, but the foreign ministry has informed the U.N. that the ambassador has been terminated and his deputy is now in...

US to seek seat on UN human rights body, after Trump pullout

Feb. 24, 2021 08:20 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the United States will vie for a seat at the U.N.'s human rights body, which would cement a U.S. return to a Geneva-based body that was shunned by the Trump administration. The top U.S. diplomat said...

UN gives green light to fund Lebanon tribunal for 2021

Feb. 19, 2021 18:35 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has given a green light to keep the U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik Hariri operating and funded for at least this year. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio...

Jailed suspect in anti-Maduro plot blames Colombia, Guaido

Feb. 17, 2021 15:31 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — From a windowless cell in a maximum-security prison in Colombia, Yacsy Álvarez awaits trial on charges she helped organize an armed invasion of neighboring Venezuela. Álvarez was a translator for Jordan Goudreau, the former American Green Beret whose...

Jailed suspect in anti-Maduro plot blames Colombia, Guaido

Feb. 17, 2021 10:52 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — From a windowless cell in a maximum-security prison in Colombia, Yacsy Álvarez awaits trial on charges she helped organize an attempted armed invasion to overthrow the government in neighboring Venezuela. Álvarez was a translator and business partner of...

British lawyer Karim Khan elected next ICC prosecutor

Feb. 12, 2021 19:07 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 120 countries elected British lawyer Karim Khan on Friday as the next prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, one of the toughest jobs in international law because the tribunal seeks justice for the world’s worst atrocities -- war crimes, crimes...