Latest Antonio Guterres News

Soldiers declare military junta in control in Burkina Faso

Jan. 24, 2022 21:01 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — More than a dozen mutinous soldiers declared Monday on state television that a military junta had seized control of Burkina Faso after detaining the democratically elected president following a day of gunbattles in the capital of the West African country. ...

Iran regains UN assembly voting rights after assets unfrozen

Jan. 24, 2022 16:18 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly said Monday that Iran, Guinea and Vanuatu had paid sufficient back dues to the United Nations’ regular operating budget to regain their voting rights in the 193-member world body. That leaves only two countries -- Venezuela and...

Seoul says it paid Iran's delinquent UN dues to restore vote

Jan. 23, 2022 05:40 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Using Iranian bank funds freed from American sanctions, South Korea has paid Iran's $18 million in delinquent dues owed to the United Nations, Seoul said Sunday. The step was apparently approved by Washington to restore Tehran's suspended voting rights at the...

Yemeni rebels say Saudi-led airstrike on prison killed 70

Jan. 21, 2022 23:08 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a prison run by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Friday, killing at least 70 detainees and wounding dozens, a rebel minister said. The strike was part of a pounding aerial offensive that knocked the Arab world's poorest country off the internet. ...

UN chief: World more unpredictable than during the Cold War

Jan. 21, 2022 18:34 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday the current world is “much more chaotic, much less predictable” than during the Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the United States, and it's dangerous because there are no “instruments” to deal with...

Climate, COVID, China: Takeaways from online Davos event

Jan. 21, 2022 12:51 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Government and business leaders have urged cooperation on the world's biggest issues — climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recovery — at the World Economic Forum's virtual gathering. Speeches and discussions from the likes of Chinese...

UN chief: World worse now due to COVID, climate, conflict

Jan. 21, 2022 00:50 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As he starts his second term as U.N. secretary-general, Antonio Guterres said Thursday the world is worse in many ways than it was five years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and geopolitical tensions that have sparked conflicts everywhere — but...

UN chief: Mali military should hold elections in short time

Jan. 21, 2022 00:03 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that Mali’s military government needs to hold delayed elections in “a relatively short amount of time” -- not in 2026 as President Assimi Goita recently announced. The U.N. chief said in an interview...

UN: Food aid in Ethiopia's Tigray now at 'all-time lowest'

Jan. 20, 2022 10:56 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations says food distribution in Ethiopia’s blockaded Tigray region has reached its “all-time lowest” while more than 50,000 children are thought to be severely malnourished, the latest sign of growing crisis amid efforts to end the country’s 14-month...

UN chief cites 'demonstrable effort' at peace in Ethiopia

Jan. 19, 2022 12:30 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general said Wednesday he was delighted to hear “there is now a demonstrable effort to make peace” in Ethiopia after more than 14 months of war, but he gave no details. Antonio Guterres’ statement came after a call with...