Latest United Nations Security Council News

Brazil, UAE, Albania, Ghana and Gabon win UN council seats

Jun. 11, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations elected five countries to join the powerful U.N. Security Council on Friday with no suspense because all were unopposed -- Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Albania, Ghana and Gabon. Winning a seat on the 15-member Security...

Iran regains UN voting rights and lashes out at US sanctions

Jun. 11, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran regained its voting rights in the U.N. General Assembly on Friday after making the minimum payment on its U.N. dues and lashed out at the United States for maintaining sanctions that have prevented it from accessing billions of dollars in foreign banks. ...

Russia spars with EU and US at meeting on EU-UN cooperation

Jun. 11, 2021 00:51 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia sparred with the European Union and the United States at a U.N. meeting Thursday that highlighted the strained relations between Moscow, Brussels and Washington. Estonia, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, organized the...

Watchdog warns of aid disaster in Syria; shelling kills 11

Jun. 10, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A leading rights group warned Thursday that millions of Syrians risk losing access to lifesaving aid, including food and COVID-19 vaccines, if Russia manages to block at the U.N. Security Council the use of the last remaining cross-border corridor for U.N. aid into rebel-held...

ICC prosecutor urges Sudan to hand over Darfur suspects

Jun. 09, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Fatou Bensouda briefed the U.N. Security Council for the last time as chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, lamenting that the tribunal has not yet brought justice to victims of atrocities in Sudan’s western Darfur region. But she said a...

Security Council backs Guterres for second term as UN chief

Jun. 08, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council gave its unanimous backing to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a second term on Tuesday, assuring his election as the next U.N. chief by the General Assembly, most likely on June 18. The 15 council members adopted a...

Displaced Syrians rally against ending cross-border aid

Jun. 08, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of displaced people in rebel-held northwest Syria on Tuesday protested efforts by Damascus and its allies to end humanitarian aid crossing from Turkey into the impoverished war-ravaged enclave. The U.N. Security Council mandate for humanitarian aid...

Eritrea blames US support for Tigray's leaders for the war

Jun. 08, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Eritrea’s foreign minister blamed U.S. administrations that supported the Tigray People’s Liberation Movement for the last 20 years for the current war in northern Ethiopia's Tigray region, saying that blaming Eritrea for the fighting was unfounded. ...

UN strongly condemns violations in Central African Republic

Jun. 07, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday strongly condemned violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the Central African Republic and warned that attacks on United Nations peacekeepers there may constitute war crimes. The press...

UN: Unprecedented Taliban violence in 2020 carries into 2021

Jun. 05, 2021 00:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Taliban insurgents show no sign of reducing the level of violence in Afghanistan to facilitate peace negotiations with the government, and appear to be trying to strengthen their military position as leverage, with the “unprecedented violence" of 2020 carrying into...