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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the media during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas after a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

UN hopes to take first step to elect next chief by Jan. 31

Jan. 15, 2021 4:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly and Security Council are expected to take the first step toward electing the next head of the global organization this month. Assembly President Volkan Bozkir said Friday that he and Tunisia’s U.N. Ambassador Tarek Ladeb, the current council president,...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, Vice President Mike Pence hands the West Virginia certification to staff as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., listens during a joint session of Congress after working through the night, at the Capitol in Washington. Violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the building Wednesday, disrupting the process. Although pro-democracy and human rights activists around the globe were stunned to see the raging mob’s actions, they say they were heartened and inspired because the system ultimately prevailed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool, File)

The Latest: Biden rebukes unmasked lawmakers in insurrection

Jan. 15, 2021 4:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden issued a rebuke of Republican lawmakers who refused to wear masks while sheltering in crowded rooms during last week’s violent insurrection on the Capitol. “What the hell’s the matter with them?” Biden asked, adding that “it’s...

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the media during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas after a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

UN chief Antonio Guterres declares he will seek second term

Jan. 11, 2021 10:13 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres officially declared Monday he is seeking a second five-year term at the helm of the United Nations. Guterres, whose current term ends next Dec. 31, said in a letter to General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir that “It would be my honor to...

UN chief to mark 75th anniversary of UN assembly virtually

Jan. 7, 2021 9:08 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be making his first virtual visit since the start of last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns to participate in events in London commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first session of the United Nations General Assembly, which was held in the...

UN adopts $3.2 billion budget over US and Israel objections

Jan. 4, 2021 7:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — After down-to-the-wire negotiations, United Nations members have adopted a budget for 2021 that was higher than Secretary-General Antonio Guterres proposed and was strongly opposed by the Trump administration for including money to commemorate the outcome of a 2001 conference in South...

UN backs Afghan peace talks in resolution, Russia votes `no'

Dec. 10, 2020 11:04 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution over Russian objections Thursday commending progress in peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban while urging stepped-up efforts to tackle terrorist attacks by the Taliban, al-Qaida, the Islamic State extremist group and...

UN urged to end abuses of anonymous shell companies

Dec. 9, 2020 10:25 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 20 organizations and several economists urged the U.N. General Assembly on International Anti-Corruption Day on Wednesday to put an end to abuses by anonymous shell companies that cover up financial crimes. They said in a letter that scandal after scandal over decades has...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus shop at a local market in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said social distancing measures will be tightened as cases of the coronavirus continue to surge, with a ban on nighttime dining and more businesses ordered to close. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The Latest: Hong Kong re-imposes restaurant dining bans

Dec. 8, 2020 11:09 PM EST

HONG KONG — Hong Kong is re-imposing a ban on in-restaurant dining after 6:00 p.m. and closing gyms, beauty parlors and other businesses and public venues as it tries to get a grip on the latest wave of coronavirus infections in the territory. Restaurants may only provide takeout between 6:00 p.m. and 5:00...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk by a moral depicting China's skyscrapers along a street in Beijing, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. Provincial governments across China are placing orders for experimental, domestically made coronavirus vaccines, though health officials have yet to say how well they work or how they may reach the country's 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: UN makes Dec. 27 'Epidemic Preparedness' day

Dec. 7, 2020 9:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations General Assembly has approved a resolution proclaiming Dec. 27 as the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness to keep a global spotlight on the need to strengthen global measures to prevent pandemics like COVID-19. The resolution adopted Monday by consensus by the...

UN urges Russia to immediately withdraw forces from Crimea

Dec. 7, 2020 8:29 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Monday urging Russia to immediately withdraw all its military forces from Crimea “and end its temporary occupation of the territory of Ukraine without delay.” The vote in the 193-member world body was 63-17 with 62...