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UN council rejects Russian request for a meeting on Ukraine

May. 20, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian request Monday to hold a meeting on a new language law in Ukraine, with opponents calling it an attempt by Moscow to interfere in the inauguration of Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Russia needed nine "yes" votes in the...

The Latest: UN rejects Russian attempt to meet on Ukraine

May. 20, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukrainian politics (all times local): 12:25 a.m. The U.N. Security Council has rejected a Russian attempt to hold a meeting on a new Ukrainian language law, with opponents saying Moscow wanted to upstage the inauguration of Ukraine's new president. Russia got just five of...

The Latest: Iran appeals to UN chief to help ease tensions

May. 20, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 11:10 p.m. Iran is urging U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to help launch a diplomatic dialogue to ease the...

UN urges enforcement of Libyan arms embargo to curb fighting

May. 17, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly urging all countries to implement an arms embargo against Libya, saying preventing the proliferation of weapons is important to de-escalate the current fighting and restore stability in the country. The U.N. chief expressed deep concern...

Aid groups say conditions in northwest Syria at crisis point

May. 17, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. officials and dozens of international aid groups warned Friday that humanitarian conditions in Syria's northwest have reached a new "crisis point," as government troops push to retake the rebels' last stronghold. The violence has effectively shattered a cease-fire negotiated by Russia...

Russia challenges chemical watchdog on naming perpetrators

May. 17, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is seeking Security Council approval for a resolution that challenges the global chemical weapons watchdog for setting up an investigative team with the power to name perpetrators of chemical attacks. The draft resolution circulated to council members Thursday and obtained by...

Burkina Faso minister warns terrorists gain ground in Sahel

May. 16, 2019 10:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The foreign minister of Burkina Faso warned Thursday that terrorist activity in Africa's volatile Sahel region is gaining ground and there is "a very real risk" of destabilizing much of West Africa. Alpha Barry told the Security Council that combatting terrorism in the Sahel is a...

UN envoy urges new pullouts from Yemen ports and peace steps

May. 15, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen urged the warring parties Wednesday to maintain the momentum of the initial pullout of Houthi rebel forces from three ports by moving quickly to larger joint withdrawals — and to work urgently on a political solution to the devastating conflict. Martin...

UN humanitarian chief says 4.3 million in Cameroon need aid

May. 13, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Cameroon is facing worsening violence and conflict and the number of people needing humanitarian assistance has increased 30 percent from last year to 4.3 million people, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday. Mark Lowcock told an informal Security Council meeting on the...

The Latest: 11 UN council nations urge Idlib cease-fire

May. 10, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Eleven members of the U.N. Security Council are urging fighters in Syria's last rebel-held stronghold in Idlib province to honor last September's cease-fire arrangements. A statement read Friday on behalf of Germany, Kuwait,...