Latest United Nations Security Council News

Ukraine language law debate spills into UN Security Council

Jul. 16, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A clash over a new Ukrainian language law played out Tuesday in the U.N. Security Council, where Ukrainian and Russian representatives sparred over whether the legislation promotes Ukrainian unity or jeopardizes the interests of the country's Russian-speaking population. The...

UN Security Council visits Colombia as peace worries mount

Jul. 12, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Maria del Pilar Hurtado's son screamed in anguish at the sight of his mother's dead body on a dirt road in the poor community in northern Colombia the family called home. He kicked his feet on the ground and grasped his face in his hands. Passersby stopped and watched the boy's...

Red Cross says peace elusive as UN council heads to Colombia

Jul. 11, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday that conflicts in Colombia are ongoing and the humanitarian situation has worsened as the U.N. Security Council heads to the South American nation to assess progress toward peace. Robert Mardini, the ICRC's U.N. observer, told...

AP Interview: Rising Iran politician has intelligence ties

Jul. 10, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's first government minister born after its 1979 Islamic Revolution is a carefully manicured, charming internet engineer who posts Instagram pictures of his weekends with his family and spends 30 minutes a day reading letters from his constituents. He also used to work for the...

Japan says it won't discuss or retract SKorea export rules

Jul. 9, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Tuesday it does not plan to retract or renegotiate its stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, a day after the South Korean president urged that the issue be resolved through diplomacy. Tokyo tightened the approval process for Japanese shipments of photoresists and...

UN says suspected cholera cases in Yemen surge to 460,000

Jul. 8, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — War-battered Yemen has been hit with more than 460,000 suspected cholera cases so far this year — a sharp rise from the 380,000 cases for all of 2018, the United Nations said Monday. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the increased number of cases has led to 705 apparent...

UN condemns attack on migrants, calls for Libyan cease-fire

Jul. 5, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday called on Libya's warring parties to urgently de-escalate fighting and commit to a cease-fire, and it condemned a deadly attack on a detention center for migrants near the capital Tripoli. The U.N.'s most powerful body also called on the parties to...

Airstrike kills 44 migrants in Libyan detention center

Jul. 3, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants near the Libyan capital of Tripoli early Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and wounding dozens of others in an attack that the U.N. human rights chief said could amount to a war crime. The Tripoli-based government blamed the attack...

North Korea: Trump tries to undermine peace with sanctions

Jul. 3, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Three days after the U.S. and North Korean leaders held a historic third meeting, North Korea's U.N. Mission accused the Trump administration Wednesday of talking about dialogue but being "more and more hell bent" on hostile acts. A press statement from the mission pointed a finger at...

The Latest: UN Security Council to condemn attack in Libya

Jul. 3, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The latest on developments in Libya, where an airstrike on a migrant detention center in Tripoli killed at least 44 people (all times local): 11:55 p.m. The president of the U.N. Security Council says it will issue a statement condemning the attack on a migrant detention camp near...