Latest United Nations General Assembly News

US wins seat on UN rights council in uncontested election

Oct. 14, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States won a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council that former president Donald Trump denounced and quit, joining 17 other nations elected in uncontested votes Thursday that were criticized for guaranteeing spots to countries with abysmal rights records. ...

UN investigator: North Korea kids and elderly risk starving

Oct. 13, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Koreans living under strict pandemic restrictions are facing a growing food crisis and the most vulnerable children and elderly people in the isolated Asian nation are at risk of starvation, a U.N. investigator said in a report released Wednesday. ...

France's Macron slams Malian PM's 'abandonment' remarks

Oct. 01, 2021 08:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said he was “shocked” when Mali's prime minister described France's plans to reduce its troop commitment in the African country as an “abandonment." “These comments are unacceptable,” Macron said Thursday night in...

North Korea's Kim seeks better ties with South, but slams US

Sep. 30, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea leader Kim Jong Un expressed willingness to restore stalled communication lines with South Korea in coming days while shrugging off U.S. offers for dialogue as “cunning ways” to conceal its hostility against the North, state media reported Thursday....

UN chief urges united action to prevent Myanmar catastrophe

Sep. 29, 2021 22:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief is urging unified regional and international action to prevent the crisis in Myanmar from becoming a large-scale conflict and multi-faceted “catastrophe” in the heart of Southeast Asia and beyond. Secretary-General...

Cyprus' top diplomat: Turkey is creating new Ottoman empire

Sep. 29, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The foreign minister of the divided island of Cyprus is accusing Turkey’s president of attempting to promote a new Ottoman empire in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East — and says such an approach to geopolitics could adversely impact regional security. ...

China hopes Biden turns statement on no Cold War into action

Sep. 28, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China’s U.N. ambassador expressed hope Tuesday that President Joe Biden will translate his statement that the United States has no intention of starting a “new Cold War” with China into actions, saying he should avoid “a confrontational approach” and...

'Neglected danger': Nukes not in forefront in speeches at UN

Sep. 28, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It was the Marshall Islands' turn to speak, and the president wanted to remind world leaders of a cause the United Nations has espoused since its founding. “No effort should be spared," President David Kabua told the U.N. General Assembly this month,...

Reparations draw UN scrutiny, but those who'd pay say little

Sep. 28, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

More than a year after Black Lives Matter protests launched a worldwide reckoning about the centuries of racism that Black people continue to face, the question of reparations emerged — unevenly — as a high-profile issue at this year’s largest gathering of world leaders. ...

N. Korea accuses US of hostility, continues weapons tests

Sep. 27, 2021 23:43 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday accused the United States of keeping up its “hostile policy” and demanded the Biden administration permanently end joint military exercises with South Korea even as it continued its recent streak of weapons tests apparently aimed at...