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UN urges 'political will' and compromise to reunify Cyprus

Jul. 17, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is calling on rival parties in Cyprus "to show real political will and responsibility and make the necessary compromises" to reunify the divided Mediterranean island. The council said after a closed-door briefing Tuesday by U.N. envoy Elizabeth Spehar that...

Families bury the dead after bloody weekend in Nicaragua

Jul. 16, 2018 8:46 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Families began burying the dead Monday following a bloody weekend in Nicaragua as police and paramilitary groups attacked roadblocks set up by anti-government demonstrators demanding President Daniel Ortega's exit from office. The family and friends of 20-year-old university...

Over 190 countries agree on global compact on safe migration

Jul. 13, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 190 countries agreed on a global compact to promote safe and orderly migration and reduce human smuggling and trafficking Friday, culminating lengthy negotiations on the often contentious issue that were boycotted by the United States. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,...

UN votes to cut UN-AU force in Sudan's Darfur region in half

Jul. 13, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday that will dramatically cut the United Nations-African Union military force in Sudan's vast western Darfur region by more than half in response to reduced fighting and improved security conditions. The resolution adopted by...

UN council narrowly approves arms embargo on South Sudan

Jul. 13, 2018 2:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council narrowly approved a U.S.-drafted resolution imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan Friday over objections that it could hurt African efforts to end the five-year conflict in the world's newest nation. The resolution received the minimum nine "yes" votes. The...

UN to vote on arms embargo and new sanctions on South Sudan

Jul. 12, 2018 9:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council is set to vote Friday on a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions against a current deputy defense chief and former army chief. The final draft resolution, obtained Thursday, expresses "deep concern" at the failure of South...

UN: Migrants are 3 percent of population, 10 percent of GDP

Jul. 12, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling migration "a positive global phenomenon," saying migrants around the globe contribute greatly to the world economy. Guterres said at a news conference Thursday that "migrants are a remarkable engine for growth," though over 60,000...

New UN panel to make proposals to ensure safe digital future

Jul. 12, 2018 4:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is establishing a high-level panel co-chaired by Chinese e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma and the wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates to make recommendations on ensuring "a safe and inclusive digital future." Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a news...

UN chief says 'good possibilities' for US-North Korea talks

Jul. 12, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says there will be many "hiccups" in talks between the United States and North Korea on denuclearization "but I think there are very good possibilities for this dialogue to lead to a solution — a positive solution." He told a news conference...

Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt

Jul. 12, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For the first time in more than seven years, the Syrian government raised its flag Thursday over Daraa, the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad in 2011 and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war. The display is laden with symbolism as the government moves to stamp...