Latest United Nations Security Council News

Russia tries to ban Kosovo flag at UN -- unsuccessfully

Apr. 13, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia tried for the first time Tuesday to prevent Kosovo’s representative from speaking at the U.N. Security Council with the country’s flag in the background, saying the majority of council members don’t recognize its independence from Serbia. ...

UN chief: 52 armies and groups suspected of sexual violence

Apr. 13, 2021 01:50 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic led to a spike in gender-based violence last year and combatants continued to use sexual violence “as a cruel tactic of war" and political repression in a number of countries, the U.N. chief said in a report circulated Monday. ...

Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site

Apr. 12, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran blamed Israel on Monday for an attack on its underground Natanz nuclear facility that damaged its centrifuges — sabotage that imperils ongoing talks over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal and brings a shadow war between the two countries into the...

Libyan officials say UN-sanctioned human trafficker freed

Apr. 12, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan authorities released one of the country’s most wanted human traffickers less than four months after his arrest in Tripoli, security officials said Monday. Abdel-Rahman Milad, who was sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council, walked free Sunday,...

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...

UN chief: Sudan-South Sudan dispute will keep UN in Abyei

Apr. 09, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has informed the Security Council that he couldn’t provide options to reduce and terminate the nearly 3,700-strong peacekeeping force in the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border because of differences between...

UN chief warns that use of IEDs is increasing globally

Apr. 08, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Thursday that the use of improvised explosive devices is increasing as conflicts become more urbanized and armed groups proliferate, and he urged nations to work together to curb the threat from those weapons as well as land...

UN chief proposes targets to lift South Sudan arms embargo

Apr. 07, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Wednesday for implementation of the 2018 peace agreement in South Sudan, disarmament of former combatants and establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission as key targets in proposed benchmarks for the world’s newest...

US says Mali's top priority must be holding fair elections

Apr. 07, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top priority for Mali’s interim government must be holding free and fair elections by the end of the 18-month transition period following last August’s military coup that overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the U.S. ambassador at the United Nations said...

Russia and West spar over vote to punish Syria over weapons

Apr. 06, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia sparred with the United States and its allies Tuesday over a vote later this month that could strip Syria of voting rights in the international chemical weapons watchdog, with Moscow accusing the West of trying to “demonize Damascus” and the U.S. demanding a...