Latest United Nations Security Council News

Rights group calls for more pressure on Nicaragua government

Jun. 22, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — An international human rights organization is calling for increased pressure on Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega as arrests of political opposition figures continue ahead of Nov. 7 elections. Human Rights Watch planned to release a report...

UN re-elects Antonio Guterres as secretary-general

Jun. 18, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously elected Antonio Guterres to a second term as secretary-general on Friday, giving him another five years at the helm of the 193-member organization at a time a deeply divided world faces numerous conflicts, the growing impact of...

UN chief criticizes Central African Republic forces' actions

Jun. 16, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly criticized the Central African Republic’s security and allied forces in a new report for an “unprecedented increase in hostile threats and incidents” targeting U.N. peacekeepers and alleged human rights abuses. ...

Ethiopia envoy: Eritrean troops in Tigray will `leave soon'

Jun. 15, 2021 23:35 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ethiopia’s U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that Eritrean troops who have been fighting with his country’s forces in a war against the Tigray region’s fugitive leaders “will definitely leave soon,” a move that would be welcomed by many including the United...

Arab League backs calls for UN intervention in dam dispute

Jun. 15, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Arab foreign ministers on Tuesday backed calls for the United Nations Security Council to intervene in a lingering dispute between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over a massive dam Addis Ababa is building on Nile River’s main tributary. The move, announced at...

UN envoy regrets failure to mediate a Yemen cease-fire

Jun. 15, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s outgoing special envoy for Yemen expressed “deep regret” Tuesday that he failed to mediate a cease-fire and peace talks between Yemen’s warring parties, but said he hoped a recent diplomatic effort by Oman “will bear fruit.” ...

Syria's last aid crossing in balance as Biden to meet Putin

Jun. 15, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

President Joe Biden will seek to stave off another surge of civilian suffering in the devastating war in Syria when he meets President Vladimir Putin this week, appealing to Putin to drop a threat to close the last aid crossing into that country. Russian forces have...

UN envoy: More insecurity in Mali will have `drastic' impact

Jun. 14, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The new U.N. special envoy for crisis-wracked Mali warned Monday that further insecurity, especially in the country’s center and north, will have “drastic consequences” for the immediate region and beyond, and urged the military-led transitional government to...

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. ...