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UN Libya envoy bows out as presidential vote approaches

Nov. 23, 2021 15:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The United Nations' top envoy for Libya is resigning weeks ahead of presidential elections seen as critical to the country's stability after nearly a decade of chaos, the world body said Tuesday. Jan Kubis decided to step down after just 10 months in...

Mideast Quartet: Israel, Palestinians must tackle violence

Nov. 18, 2021 19:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The so-called Quartet of Middle East mediators urged Israel and the Palestinians on Thursday to address an array of challenges — ongoing violence in the West Bank, the advancement of new settlement units in Palestinian territories, and “the untenable fiscal crisis...

UN: Ethiopia releases 6 UN staff and all 70 plus drivers

Nov. 18, 2021 14:28 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations announced Thursday that six U.N. staff members detained by the Ethiopian government were released and that all of the more than 70 detained truck drivers waiting to deliver aid to war-torn Tigray have also been freed. But five...

UN condemns attempts to discredit Iraq's recent election

Nov. 15, 2021 17:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday condemned attempts to discredit Iraq’s election and deplored the use of violence to settle election-related grievances. The U.N.’s most powerful body congratulated the Iraqi government and the Independent...

Nations compromise on coal to strike UN climate agreement

Nov. 13, 2021 18:16 PM EST

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Almost 200 nations accepted a compromise deal Saturday aimed at keeping a key global warming target alive, but it contained a last-minute change that watered down crucial language about coal. Several countries, including small island states,...

UN says many lives lost daily in Africa's Sahel Crisis

Nov. 12, 2021 18:38 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping chief warned Friday that the crisis in Africa’s Sahel region remains volatile, with insecurity and instability seriously undermining prospects for development and many lives lost every day as a result of terrorist attacks. ...

Out of time: Climate talks go past deadline over coal, cash

Nov. 12, 2021 17:23 PM EST

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Going into overtime Friday night, negotiators at U.N. climate talks in Glasgow were still trying to find common ground on phasing out coal, when nations need to update their emission-cutting pledges and, especially, on money. Talks are at a...

Myanmar court sentences US journalist to 11 years in jail

Nov. 12, 2021 15:15 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Friday sentenced U.S. journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison with hard labor, the maximum penalty under three charges, despite calls by the United States and rights groups for his release. It was the harshest...

World leaders bolster troubled Libya ahead of key election

Nov. 12, 2021 15:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Libyan leaders reaffirmed Friday in Paris their commitment to ensure the success of the country’s political process through long-awaited elections next month, a vote that world powers hope will pull the oil-rich North African nation out of its decade-old chaos. ...

UN chief says global warming goal on 'life support'

Nov. 11, 2021 13:24 PM EST

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday warned that a key temperature goal in climate talks is “on life support” but he still hopes that world governments will step up their pledges to slash emissions of greenhouse gases. ...