Latest United Nations Security Council News

Western nations demand immediate cease-fire in Syria's Idlib

Feb. 27, 2020 6:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and key Western allies on Thursday demanded an immediate cease-fire in Syria’s last opposition stronghold in northwestern Idlib which is facing what the U.N. calls an “unfolding humanitarian catastrophe,” but Russia ignored their calls and said...

UN disarmament chief: nuclear arms race is threatening world

Feb. 26, 2020 11:18 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. disarmament chief warned Wednesday that the specter of an unbridled nuclear arms race is threatening the world for the first time since the 1970s, the height of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Izumi Nakamitsu didn’t name any...

FILE - In this May 21, 2019 file photo, Tripoli government forces clash with forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, south of the capital Tripoli, Libya. Two Libyan militia commanders and a Syrian war monitor group say Turkey is deploying Syrian extremists to fight in Libya's civil war. These extremists are affiliated with groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State. They're fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the United Nations-supported government in Libya. The Libyan sources told The Associated Press that Turkey has airlifted more than 2,500 foreign fighters into Tripoli, and that “dozens” are extremist-affiliated. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed, File)

UN: Rival Libyan politicians meet for peace talks in Geneva

Feb. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Rival Libyan politicians met on Wednesday for U.N.-sponsored political talks in Geneva aimed at ending the latest round of fighting over the country's capital, Tripoli. Yet just hours later, the High Council of State, an advisory body to the western Tripoli-based government, sent a letter to...

Turkish backed Syrian fighter fires at a frontline near the town of Saraqib in Idlib province, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Syrian government forces have captured dozens of villages, including major rebel strongholds, over the past few days in the last opposition-held area in the country's northwest. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Syrian army hits civilian sites in relentless Idlib campaign

Feb. 26, 2020 7:22 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces bombed civilian targets in the northwestern Idlib province Wednesday, pushing ahead with a fierce military campaign that has sent nearly a million people fleeing from their homes and killed hundreds over the past three months. Backed by Russian air power, President...

Editorial Roundup: US

Feb. 26, 2020 7:11 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Feb. 26 The Minnesota Star Tribune on the coronavirus: As fears mount over coronavirus, perspective is in order. If you’re reading this editorial, chances are you’ve already survived a pandemic, the term for when an epidemic goes...

United Nations Security Council members, except Russia and China, raise hands in a vote supporting Yemen related sanctions, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at U.N. headquarters. The Security Council voted to approve a revised British draft resolution extending targeted sanctions in Yemen. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UN Security Council approves resolution on Yemen sanctions

Feb. 25, 2020 8:35 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Tuesday extending targeted sanctions for war-torn Yemen following contentious negotiations among the council's member nations. Among the disputes had been whether to refer to U.N. experts’ findings that Yemen’s Houthi...

UN envoy urges Somalia's leaders to work together

Feb. 24, 2020 11:31 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Somalia urged the country’s leaders on Monday to take “bold steps” to ensure that 2020 sets the fragile Horn of Africa country on a trajectory to peace and stability, not more political division and increasing extremism. James Swan said Somalia...

Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

UN reiterates support for 2-state Israel-Palestine solution

Feb. 24, 2020 6:05 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday reiterated its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in its first statement following the unveiling of the U.S. plan for resolving the decades-old struggle three weeks ago. President Donald Trump ‘s plan sided...

UN chief welcomes peace progress in Central African Republic

Feb. 21, 2020 9:11 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is welcoming slow but steady progress toward implementing a peace agreement signed a year ago by Central African Republic’s government and rebel groups, but he is “seriously concerned” about continuing hostilities and violence. ...

In this Feb. 12, 2020 photo, a protester holds a sign that reads in Creole

UN envoy: Haiti's political crisis sends economy tumbling

Feb. 20, 2020 10:09 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The political impasse that has paralyzed Haiti is sending its economy deeper into recession, with 4.6 million people needing humanitarian aid — and there is no immediate end in sight, the U.N. envoy for Haiti said Thursday. Helen La Lime told the U.N. Security Council that the...