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UN urges world action to cut 1.3 million road deaths in half

Jul. 01, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly’s first high-level meeting on road safety called Friday for global action to cut the annual toll of nearly 1.3 million deaths and 50 million injuries in traffic crashes by at least half by decade's end. The political declaration...

Africa 'taken hostage' by Russia's invasion, Zelenskyy says

Jun. 21, 2022 04:54 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — “Africa is actually taken hostage” in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine amid catastrophically rising food prices, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the African Union continental body during a closed-door address on Monday. It took weeks of requests...

UN elects new council members including Japan, Switzerland

Jun. 09, 2022 22:42 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. member nations elected five countries to join the powerful U.N. Security Council on Thursday with no suspense or drama because all were unopposed — Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland. Winning a seat on the 15-member Security Council is...

China and Russia defend North Korea vetoes in first at UN

Jun. 08, 2022 23:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China and Russia defended their vetoes of a strongly backed U.S. resolution that would have imposed tough new sanctions on North Korea, speaking at a first of its kind General Assembly meeting Wednesday. The debate was held under new rules requiring the...

Next UN assembly president warns world in dangerous crisis

Jun. 07, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Hungarian Ambassador Csaba Korosi was elected Tuesday as the next president of the U.N. General Assembly, and he warned immediately that the world is in the throes of a dangerous crisis and the credibility of the United Nations is at stake. Korosi, who takes...

US to seek new UN sanctions if North Korea holds nuke test

May. 31, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Tuesday it will push for additional sanctions on North Korea if it conducts a new nuclear test explosion. U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials have said North Korea could soon conduct its first nuclear test in nearly five years. ...

Over 100 nations urge safe migration, action on smugglers

May. 21, 2022 02:19 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 100 nations have approved a declaration calling on governments to intensify efforts for safe and orderly migration, crack down on human smuggling and trafficking, and ensure that migrants are respected and receive health care and other services. The...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 10, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House emphatically approved a fresh $40 billion Ukraine aid package Tuesday as lawmakers beefed up President Joe Biden’s initial request, signaling a magnified, bipartisan commitment to thwart Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bloody three-month-old invasion. ...

UN approves Czech Republic to replace Russia on rights body

May. 10, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for the Czech Republic to replace Russia on the world organization’s leading human rights body following its suspension over allegations of horrific rights violations by Russian soldiers in Ukraine. The...

UN council backs UN chief's peace effort in its first action

May. 06, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted its first statement on Ukraine since Russia’s military action began on Feb. 24, expressing “strong support” for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ efforts to find a peaceful solution to the 10-week “dispute."...