Latest United Nations Security Council News

Think tank urges China to release Canadian employee

Oct. 21, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the International Crisis Group used a high-level U.N. Security Council meeting attended by China’s foreign minister Tuesday to appeal for the release of the think tank’s northeast Asia expert, Michael Kovrig, who has been held by Beijing for nearly two...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, an Iranian clergyman stands next to missiles and army troops, during a manoeuvre, in an undisclosed location in Iran. A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that bared it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday, Oct. 18, 20202, as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States. (Majid Asgaripour/Mehr News Agency via AP, File)

Russia calls for collective security in Gulf, US blames Iran

Oct. 20, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister called for collective efforts Tuesday to prevent a large-scale war in the Persian Gulf and got strong support from all Security Council members except the United States, which called Iran the major culprit and urged that it be held accountable for...

UN: Central African Republic on way to successful elections

Oct. 19, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Central African Republic said Monday the country “is very definitely on its way to holding successful elections” in late December but the political situation is still tense. Mankeur Ndiaye told the U.N. Security Council that some regions remain...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, an Iranian clergyman stands next to missiles and army troops, during a manoeuvre, in an undisclosed location in Iran. A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that bared it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday, Oct. 18, 20202, as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States. (Majid Asgaripour/Mehr News Agency via AP, File)

UN arms embargoes on Iran expire despite US objections

Oct. 18, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that barred it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States, which insists the ban remains in place. While Iran says it...

Yemeni prisoners chant slogans during their arrival after being released by the Saudi-led coalition at the airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Yemen's warring sides completed a major, U.N.-brokered prisoner swap on Friday, officials said, a development that could revive the country's stalled peace process after more than five years of grinding conflict. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen's rival sides complete war's largest prisoner exchange

Oct. 16, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s warring sides completed a major, U.N.-brokered prisoner swap on Friday, officials said, a development that could revive the country’s stalled peace process after more than five years of grinding conflict. This week's prisoner release, the largest-ever in the war,...

UN aid chief: Funding shortage cuts aid to 4 million Yemenis

Oct. 15, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A funding shortage has cut off aid to 4 million Yemenis and experts are increasingly worried that “the window to prevent famine” in the war-torn country is closing quickly, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Thursday. Mark Lowcock told the U.N. Security Council that aid...

Libya says human trafficker sanctioned by UN arrested

Oct. 15, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan security forces said they have arrested one of the country’s most wanted human traffickers in the capital, Tripoli, more than two years after the United Nations’ Security Council imposed sanctions against him. The arrest of Abdel-Rahman Milad, who also commanded a Coast...

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UN envoy says many ex-combatants in Colombia being killed

Oct. 14, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Colombia called Wednesday for improved protection for former combatants who continue to be killed “in alarming numbers,” and he complained of rising violence and massacres by other groups that have cropped up since the 2016 peace accord. Carlos Ruiz...

Member state flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

China and Russia win seats on UN rights council, Saudis lose

Oct. 13, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China, Russia and Cuba won seats on the U.N.’s premiere human rights body Tuesday despite opposition from activist groups over their abysmal human rights records, but another target, Saudi Arabia, lost. Russia and Cuba were running unopposed, but China and Saudi Arabia were in...

World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley speaks to the media about the organization's Nobel Peace Prize win, at the airport in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, late Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for fighting hunger and seeking to end its use as

WFP chief seeks million from donors, billionaires for food

Oct. 10, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Even before COVID-19 became an issue, World Food Program chief David Beasley was warning global leaders that the world would face the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II in 2020. He said that was because of wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, locust swarms in Africa, frequent...