Latest United Nations Security Council News

UN: Most Sudan rebels and neighbors back Darfur peace hope

Jan. 20, 2020 8:36 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say most rebel groups and all of Sudan’s neighbors except Libya support the peace process in Darfur but local security incidents in that troubled western region have increased, ranging from rapes to clashes between farmers and herders. The panel's report to the...

UN official warns Yemen could face brink of famine again

Jan. 16, 2020 5:03 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — War-battered Yemen could face the threat of famine again because of the rapid depreciation of its currency and disruptions to salary payments, a senior U.N. humanitarian official warned the Security Council on Thursday. At the same time, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen reported a...

FILE- In this Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, Kashmiris shout slogans against India revoking Muslim-majority Kashmir's semi-autonomous status during a protest on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. India on Thursday asked China to avoid raising the Kashmir dispute at the United Nations Security Council, insisting it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin, File)

India asks China to avoid raising Kashmir dispute at U.N.

Jan. 16, 2020 7:04 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Thursday asked China to avoid raising the Kashmir dispute at the United Nations Security Council, insisting it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan. The government issued a statement Thursday, a day after China requested a review by the U.N. Security Council of the...

US calls for smaller UN force in Mali, Russia says no change

Jan. 15, 2020 10:49 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called Wednesday for a reduction in the more than 16,000-strong peacekeeping force in Mali and a new focus on protecting civilians because parties to a 2015 peace deal have made little progress in implementing it, but Russia said it doesn’t want any changes...

China hopes UN meeting spurs India-Pakistan talks on Kashmir

Jan. 15, 2020 9:03 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China’s U.N. ambassador warned Wednesday against further escalation between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region and expressed hope that a Security Council meeting called by Beijing will encourage both countries to seek a solution through dialogue. Zhang Jun,...

A protester waves the national flag while demonstrators set fire to close streets near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Latest: Iran says it doesn't want war, but will respond

Jan. 14, 2020 8:50 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Iran is informing the United Nations that it took “a measured and proportionate military response” to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military...

UN envoy for Colombia: Peace depends on stopping killings

Jan. 13, 2020 6:40 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Colombia warned Monday that peace won’t be achieved if former combatants who laid down their weapons and social leaders continue to be killed. Carlos Ruiz Massieu said Sunday’s announcement by Colombian authorities that they thwarted a planned attempt...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands after their joint news conference following their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Merkel visits Moscow to discuss current international issues such as the situation in Syria, Libya, Ukraine, US-Iran tensions, as well as bilateral relations. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

German and Russian leaders discuss Mideast tensions

Jan. 11, 2020 12:29 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in Moscow on Saturday to discuss growing tensions in the Middle East and other issues. Earlier in the week, the German leader's spokesman described Russia as “indispensable when it comes to solving...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, visit the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Putin has traveled to Syria to meet with President Bashar Assad, a key Iranian ally. The rare visit Tuesday comes amid soaring tensions between Iran and the United States following the U.S. drone strike last week that killed a top Iranian general who led forces supporting Assad in Syria's civil war. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia scores victory for ally Syria in UN vote cutting aid

Jan. 10, 2020 10:48 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia scored a victory for its close ally Syria on Friday, using its veto threat to force the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution significantly reducing the delivery of cross-border humanitarian aid and cutting off critical medical assistance to over one million Syrians in...

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2019 file photo released by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, technicians work at the Arak heavy water reactor's secondary circuit, as officials and media visit the site, near Arak, Iran. The landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers meant to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons has been teetering on the edge of collapse since the U.S. pulled unilaterally in 2018. The EU said Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, that it will “spare no effort” to keep the deal alive, but with tensions between the U.S. escalating into open hostilities it's seeming increasingly unlikely that will be possible. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP, File)

Flaring tensions could kill Iran nuclear deal; to what end?

Jan. 10, 2020 1:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons has been teetering on the edge of collapse since the United States pulled out unilaterally in 2018. The European Union says it will “spare no effort” to keep the deal...