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American Abducted in Democratic Republic of Congo

Michael Sharp was working for the UN when he was taken Sunday

(Newser) - A 34-year-old American UN worker was abducted Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is currently missing, Al Jazeera reports. According to NBC News , Michael Sharp was traveling through the African nation on motorcycle with a group that included another UN worker, three local drivers, and a translator. All... More »

UN: North Korea Tried to Sell Nuclear Weapon Material

State-owned corporation offered lithium-6 online

(Newser) - Another alarming North Korea development: The country tried to sell a key material for fueling nuclear weapons to unidentified international buyers last year, according to a United Nations report. UN investigators say the material a state-owned company tried to sell online was lithium-6, which experts say can be used to... More »

Nearly 1.4M Children Face 'Imminent Death': UN

Famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen endangers children

(Newser) - The UN children's agency is warning that almost 1.4 million children are at "imminent risk of death" as famine threatens parts of South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen, the AP reports. The UNICEF announcement comes a day after famine was declared in parts of Unity state in... More »

National Zoo Says Last Goodbye to Bao Bao

Panda cub leaves DC to take part in breeding program in China

(Newser) - The National Zoo in Washington is saying a final goodbye to its panda cub Bao Bao. The zoo is packing up the US-born panda for a one-way flight Tuesday to China, where the 3-year-old will eventually join a breeding program, the AP reports. Bao Bao is scheduled to leave the... More »

Russia's Ambassador to UN Dies in NYC

Vitaly Churkin was 64; cause of death unknown

(Newser) - Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64. Russia's deputy UN ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told the AP that Churkin became ill in his office at Russia's UN mission and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where... More »

Nikki Haley: US Is 'Taking Names' at the UN

She says Trump administration plans UN overhaul

(Newser) - Looks like Nikki Haley has been instructed to make the United Nations great again. America's new ambassador to the UN presented her credentials to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York yesterday and told reporters that the Trump administration plans to overhaul the body and is "taking names" of... More »

Senate Confirms Trump Pick for UN Ambassador

Nikki Haley approved by 96-4 vote

(Newser) - The Senate confirmed President Trump's pick for US ambassador to the United Nations by a decisive margin Tuesday as GOP-led committees paved the way for three more of his Cabinet nominees to be approved just days into the new administration, the AP reports. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley won... More »

UN Backs Russian-Turkish Efforts for Peace in Syria

Meanwhile on the ground, the cease-fire is wavering

(Newser) - The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and jump-start peace negotiations, the AP reports. The resolution approved Saturday afternoon also calls for the "rapid, safe, and unhindered" delivery of humanitarian aid throughout Syria. And... More »

Israel: We've Got Proof Obama Set Up UN Resolution

Says it's ready to hand 'evidence' right over to President-elect Trump

(Newser) - Israel has been voicing its displeasure about the United States' abstention from a UN Security Council vote Friday that called for an end to illegal Israeli settlements. So has Donald Trump, who's vowed "things will be different after Jan. 20th." Now Israel is offering the president-elect what... More »

Trump: UN Is Just a Club for People to 'Have a Good Time'

'The world was gloomy before I won—there was no hope,' he tweets

(Newser) - Days after the United Nations voted to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, Donald Trump questioned the body's effectiveness Monday, saying it is just a club for people to "have a good time." "The United Nations has such great potential but right... More »

Graham Wants to Defund UN Over Anti-Israeli Resolution

Meanwhile, Israel is punishing the countries that sponsored the resolution

(Newser) - The US' surprising decision to allow a resolution condemning Israeli settlements to be passed by the UN Security Council on Friday continues to have immediate ramifications. CNN reports Sen. Lindsey Graham says he'll propose a measure to cut off US funding to the UN unless the resolution is repealed.... More »

Trump Promises Change as UN Passes Anti-Israel Resolution

Meanwhile, the US shocks by not vetoing it

(Newser) - The UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution calling for an end to illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, the BBC reports. The resolution passed the Security Council 14-0 with the US abstaining from the vote. Israeli settlements are seen as a major sticking... More »

Wonder Woman Just Got Fired by UN—Maybe for Her Looks

People didn't think how she dressed, looked made her appropriate female empowerment rep

(Newser) - A United Nations spokesman has confirmed to Reuters that Wonder Woman's reign as an honorary ambassador for gender equality will be ending Friday, even though originally she was meant to punch a card for the UN through 2017. The "scantily clad, curvaceous comic book superhero," as the... More »

'Always Remember Us': Aleppo Residents Post Final Goodbyes

Reports of more than 80 civilians shot on sight, 'complete meltdown of humanity'

(Newser) - If conditions could get incrementally worse than "barely survivable," they just did in Aleppo, Syria. The human rights arm of the United Nations says that forces supporting the Syrian regime have been entering homes in eastern Aleppo and murdering residents, with one report coming in that 82 civilians... More »

Sources: Trump Offers Nikki Haley Cabinet Slot

SC governor is reportedly president-elect's pick for UN ambassador

(Newser) - Donald Trump has chosen South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as his UN ambassador, marking his first appointment of a woman to a Cabinet-level position, reports the Post and Courier by way of sources. Another source tells NBC News Haley has accepted. The move is expected to be announced Wednesday and... More »

This May Be 2016's Biggest Humanitarian Challenge

Some 1M civilians could flee Mosul, with 700K of them requiring shelter

(Newser) - The military operation to wrest Mosul from ISIS could become the single largest, most complex humanitarian operation in the world in 2016, a UN official said Monday. Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said that in the worst case scenario, some 1 million civilians could flee the city,... More »

Inside the Quest to Create the Nation of 'Asgardia'

You can become a citizen of it, but you won't be able to leave Earth

(Newser) - If your chosen candidate doesn't win on Nov. 8, there's perhaps no need to decamp to Canada or Russia : Become a citizen of Asgardia instead. That's the name of the newly proposed "first nation state in space." Named after a world in Norse mythology that'... More »

Looks Like We've Got a New UN Chief

Set to become secretary general when vote is formalized: former Portugal PM Antonio Guterres

(Newser) - He once served as Portugal's prime minister, and now Antonio Guterres is set to serve as the United Nations' secretary-general, the BBC reports. As Reuters reports, the UN Security Council's 15 members had to vote for all 10 candidates, with each secret ballot they cast signifying an "... More »

UN News Arm Scrubs Tweet Asking People to Stop Trump

It was a mistaken message to 8 million expats

(Newser) - First the US Army sent out an embarrassing anti-Trump tweet in error. Now the United Nations' official news agency has scrubbed a similar online offensive against the GOP nominee, also claiming it was a mistake, Politico reports. The now-vanished tweet, which posted at 9:14pm EDT Thursday and called for... More »

Blacks Should Get Reparations From US: UN Panel

Experts say it's only right after history of 'racial terrorism'

(Newser) - While officials in Barcelona lobby to replace what they say is a symbol of oppression and slavery , a United Nations panel is calling on the United States to offer reparations to black people for the country's history of "racial terrorism," per the Washington Post . In a nonbinding... More »

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