Latest United Nations Security Council News

UN votes to ease arms embargo on Central African Republic

Sep. 12, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to ease the arms embargo on the Central African Republic's government following its signing of a peace agreement with 14 armed groups in February and progress in reforming its security sector. The French-drafted resolution...

Afghans fear Trump's Taliban move means more civilians die

Sep. 11, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The sound of the blast ripped through Kabul, in an instant wrenching the Afghan capital's attention from a nationally televised interview in which a United States envoy revealed the first details of a deal to end America's longest war. Last week's Taliban car bomb targeted a...

UN envoy: It's 'imperative' to start Afghan-Taliban talks

Sep. 10, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Afghanistan said Tuesday it is imperative for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban to start quickly, and he urged the militant Islamist group to retract its threat to disrupt the upcoming presidential election. Tadamichi Yamamoto told the...

Colombia to tell UN that Venezuela harbors 'terrorists'

Sep. 9, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A reportedly leaked Venezuelan intelligence report indicates that President Nicolás Maduro's socialist government is harboring Colombian rebels inside Venezuela, allegations that dovetail with evidence Colombian officials say they will present this month to the United Nations....

UN chief: Islamic State remains resilient in Afghanistan

Sep. 9, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the Islamic State extremist group remains resilient in Afghanistan despite "a high pace" of operations against it by government and international forces — and is urging all armed groups not to interfere in the upcoming presidential...

Diplomats: US blocks UN statement on Israel-Hezbollah fire

Sep. 5, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has blocked the U.N. Security Council from issuing a statement following the recent exchange of cross-border fire between the militant group Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and Israeli forces in Israel, diplomats said Thursday. The initial draft of the French-proposed...

UN envoy urges key nations to call for end to Libya conflict

Sep. 4, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy to war-torn Libya said Wednesday he has launched "an intensive campaign" for an international conference to deliver a message that the offensive launched five months ago by a rebel commander must end. Ghassan Salame warned the Security Council that unless key regional...

UN warns ceasefire violations could spark Lebanon-Israel war

Aug. 29, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council warned Thursday that violations of the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Lebanon in the latter country's south "could lead to a new conflict that none of the parties or the region can afford." The council warning came in a French-sponsored...

Israel: Iran, Hezbollah intensifying missile efforts

Aug. 29, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Thursday accused Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah of racing to build a missile-production program in Lebanon, vowing to destroy the ambitious project and issuing a stern warning to his enemies to "be careful." The threats ratcheted up an already tense...

UN envoy hopes for Syria constitution committee next month

Aug. 29, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria said Thursday he is "quietly hopeful" the United Nations can announce agreement to launch a Syrian constitutional committee before world leaders gather in late September, which could open the door to a broader political process to end the eight-year...