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UN chief affirms support for denuclearized North Korea

Aug. 12, 2022 05:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday proclaimed unwavering U.N. commitment to a fully denuclearized North Korea, even as a divided Security Council allows more room for the isolated country to expand its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile...

China blocks UN sanctions on Pakistani extremist leader

Aug. 10, 2022 22:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China on Wednesday blocked the imposition of U.N. sanctions sought by the United States and India against the deputy chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Pakistan-based extremist group designated by the United Nations as a terrorist organization. Abdul Rauf Azhar has...

Russia halts U.S. inspections of its nuclear arsenals

Aug. 08, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Monday announced a freeze on U.S. inspections of its nuclear arsenals under a pivotal arms control treaty, claiming that Western sanctions have hampered similar tours of U.S. facilities by Russian monitors. The move reflects soaring tensions between Moscow...

UN experts: North Korea is paving the way for new nuke tests

Aug. 04, 2022 20:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say North Korea is paving the way for additional nuclear tests with new preparations at its northeastern test site and continues to develop its capability to produce a key ingredient for nuclear weapons. The experts also said in key excerpts from...

UN experts: Rwandan forces operate with M23 rebels in Congo

Aug. 04, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say they have “solid evidence” that members of Rwanda’s armed forces are conducting operations in volatile eastern Congo in support of the M23 rebel group, which is waging a major offensive in the mineral-rich region that has caused deaths and massive...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Aug. 03, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 30 The Washington Post on U.S. accepting Ukrainian immigrants The United States has now met President Biden’s goal, announced in March, to legally admit “up to” 100,000...

Russia's foreign minister makes official visit to Myanmar

Aug. 03, 2022 05:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived Wednesday in Myanmar for an official visit that Moscow said will include discussions with the military government on security and economic issues, the Russian news agency TASS reported. Russia is a major supporter of...

US sanctions UAE, Hong Kong firms that ship Iranian oil

Aug. 01, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has sanctioned a United Arab Emirates-based firm and several Asian companies for facilitating the illicit sale of millions of dollars’ worth of Iranian oil for shipment to East Asia. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control on Monday...

UN relaxes arms embargo on Central African Republic

Jul. 30, 2022 02:34 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted Friday to relax the arms embargo against the Central African Republic, a disappointment to its government, which sought a complete lifting of the ban on the sale or transfer of weapons and ammunition. The vote was 10-0 with...

AP Exclusive: Philippines scraps Russian chopper deal

Jul. 27, 2022 09:38 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has scrapped a deal to purchase 16 Russian military transport helicopters due to fears of possible U.S. sanctions, Philippine officials said. Former Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday night he canceled the...