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Antonio Guterres lays out vision for second term as UN chief

May. 07, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres laid out his vision for a second term as U.N. chief on Friday, calling for a “surge in diplomacy for peace,” urging the world’s nations to avoid a new type of Cold War, and stressing that in the 21st century everything from the...

UN urges global support for volcano-erupting St. Vincent

Apr. 28, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Wednesday expressing solidarity and support for St. Vincent and urging continued financial help for the eastern Caribbean island as it deals with volcanic eruptions. The resolution, adopted by...

UN calls on countries to take action to prevent drowning

Apr. 28, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly encouraged all countries Wednesday to take action to prevent drownings, which have caused over 2.5 million deaths in the past decade, over 90% of them in low-income and middle-income countries. The resolution, co-sponsored...

US urges arms embargo and sanctions against Myanmar military

Apr. 09, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations urged the international community to take “concrete action” against the military in Myanmar on Friday including an arms embargo and sanctions against its holding companies and those who profit from them, saying this is the...

US and China clash at UN meeting on combatting racism

Mar. 19, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States accused China on Friday of committing “genocide and crimes against humanity” against Uyghur Muslims and other minorities, and China accused the U.S. of discrimination, hatred “and even savage murder of people of African and Asian descent.” ...

Reports: Myanmar military-named deputy UN ambassador resigns

Mar. 04, 2021 14:33 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar's deputy U.N. ambassador, who was assigned by the military to head the country’s mission to the United Nations after the ambassador strongly opposed their recent coup, resigned on Wednesday, according to social media and newspaper reports. ...

US demands status of all Syrian detainees be made public

Mar. 04, 2021 11:53 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States demanded Tuesday that the status of tens of thousands of civilians detained in Syria during the country’s 10-year conflict be made public, and that the bodies of those who died be returned to their loved ones. U.S. Ambassador...

Who is Myanmar's UN envoy? Coup opponent or representative

Mar. 02, 2021 22:17 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador, who strongly opposed the military coup in his country, insists he remains the permanent representative to the United Nations, but the foreign ministry has informed the U.N. that the ambassador has been terminated and his deputy is now in...

US to seek seat on UN human rights body, after Trump pullout

Feb. 24, 2021 08:20 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the United States will vie for a seat at the U.N.'s human rights body, which would cement a U.S. return to a Geneva-based body that was shunned by the Trump administration. The top U.S. diplomat said...