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UN adopts 4 resolutions, voting by email because of COVID-19

Mar. 31, 2020 12:51 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted four resolutions on Monday, with its 15 members voting by email for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic. Members voted to keep troops in Sudan’s restive Darfur region until the end of May and maintain the U.N....

FILE - This Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 file photo released by the Union for the Republic and Democracy party shows Soumaila Cisse, opposition presidential candidate, casting his ballot during the presidential second round election in Niafunke, Mali. The leader of Mali's political opposition and members of his campaign team have been taken hostage by unidentified gunmen in the north, the spokesman for his political party said Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Boubacar Sada Sissoko/Union for the Republic and Democracy via AP, File)

Mali opposition leader abducted with campaign team in north

Mar. 26, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The leader of Mali's political opposition and members of his campaign team have been taken hostage by unidentified gunmen in the north, the spokesman for his political party said Thursday. Soumaila Cisse’s bodyguard died from injuries sustained during the abduction and two others...

A woman listens to music at a park on Roosevelt Island, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in New York, with a United Nations building in the background. New York State entered a new phase in the coronavirus pandemic Monday, as New York City closed its public schools, and officials said schools statewide would close by Wednesday. New York joined with Connecticut and New Jersey to close bars, restaurants and movie theaters along with setting limits on social gatherings. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

UN council holds first video briefings of coronavirus era

Mar. 24, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council held its first video conference briefings of the coronavirus era Tuesday on the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, and recognized the improving political and security situation in most parts of the country except the volatile mineral-rich east. The council...

The Latest: Beijing screening overseas flights for virus

Mar. 23, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 275,000 people and killed more than 11,300. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 88,200 people have recovered...

Fraud and sex abuse probes in UN peace operations increase

Mar. 20, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s internal oversight body says in a report on U.N. peace operations that the number of fraud cases it decided to investigate last year increased nearly 80% from 2018, while the number of sexual exploitation and abuse cases rose 40%. The 2019 report by the Office of...

Proposed UN resolution would support Sudan's peace efforts

Mar. 18, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. Security Council resolution would replace the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s restive Darfur region with a U.N. political and peace-building mission whose primary aim would be to support Sudan’s fragile transition to democracy...

UN condemns peacekeeper killing in Central African Republic

Mar. 16, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council and the secretary-general on Monday strongly condemned the killing of a U.N. peacekeeper in the Central African Republic during an attack by members of the mainly Christian anti-Balaka group. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country said the peacekeeper...

Canadian, Italian freed in Mali 15 months after abduction

Mar. 14, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Canadian woman and an Italian man who had been kidnapped in December 2018 in Burkina Faso have been released in good health, according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in neighboring Mali. Quebec resident Edith Blais and Italian Luca Tacchetto had been travelling by car in...

UN report: Sex abuse allegations rose significantly in 2019

Mar. 13, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation in U.N peacekeeping and political missions rose significantly in 2019, with allegations against civilian personnel nearly doubling, a U.N. report said Friday. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in the report to the U.N. General...

UN welcomes encouraging peace developments in South Sudan

Mar. 12, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to extend the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, welcoming “encouraging developments” toward peace and a reduction in political violence by the warring parties after six years of civil war. The...