Latest United Nations News

The Latest: Pence says 5-day cease-fire in Syria has held

Oct. 22, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Syria following the Turkish invasion earlier this month into the country's north (all times local): 3:55 a.m. Wednesday U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says that a five-day cease-fire in Syria has held and that negotiations continue for a permanent cease-fire....

UN investigator: 11 million North Koreans are undernourished

Oct. 22, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Food insecurity in North Korea "is at an alarming level," with nearly half the population — 11 million people — undernourished, the U.N. independent investigator on human rights in the country said Tuesday. Tomas Ojea Quintana told the General Assembly's human rights...

UN mission head says risk of genocide recurring in Myanmar

Oct. 22, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of a U.N. fact-finding mission on Myanmar warned Tuesday that "there is a serious risk of genocide recurring" against the estimated 600,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority still living in the country. Marzuki Darusman told the General Assembly's human rights committee...

UNHCR probes Libya-Malta interception in migrant rescue

Oct. 22, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is investigating why Malta last week allegedly asked the Libyan coast guard to intercept a migrant boat in a zone of the Mediterranean under Maltese responsibility, in possible violation of maritime law, a U.N. official said Tuesday. Vincent Cochetel, the U.N. High...

The Latest: UN refugee agency probes Malta-Libya incident

Oct. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on developments involving migrants to Europe (all times local): 8:25 p.m. An official with the U.N. refugee agency says it is investigating why Malta last week apparently asked the Libyan coast guard to intercept a migrant boat in a zone of the Mediterranean...

Rights group: Possible war crimes in fight for Libya capital

Oct. 22, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group on Tuesday said it has evidence of potential war crimes by Libyan factions fighting a months-long battle for Tripoli, the capital. London-based Amnesty International said its investigation showed that the warring parties have killed and maimed scores of civilians, with...

South Sudan's former child soldiers struggle to move on

Oct. 22, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

YAMBIO, South Sudan (AP) — When he escaped the armed group that had abducted him at the age of 15, the child soldier swore he'd never go back. But the South Sudanese teen still thinks about returning to the bush, six months after the United Nations secured his release. "Being asked to kill someone is the...

Bangladesh to start relocating some Rohingya to island soon

Oct. 22, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh said Tuesday that they want to start relocating thousands of Rohingya refugees to a Bay of Bengal island soon from crammed camps near the border with Myanmar, from where they fled. Top government administrator in Cox's Bazar, Kamal Hossain, said they...

Nobel laurate Jody Williams campaigns against killer robots

Oct. 21, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams is helping lead a campaign for a new international treaty to ban killer weapons that can select targets and fire without decision-making by a human being. Williams said at a news conference Monday that these lethal autonomous weapons "are crossing a...

Water cut to migrant camp as Bosnian authorities feud

Oct. 21, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Local authorities in the Bosnian town of Bihac on Monday cut off a nearby migrant camp's water supply, to pressure the government into reducing the population of the overcrowded site that international organizations have criticized as unsuitable. But aid workers said the...