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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 Lindsey Graham says he'll propose a measure to cut off US funding to the UN unless the resolution is repealed....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 »

8 Big Lines From Obama's Farewell Speech to UN

He warns of a 'nation ringed by walls'

(Newser) - President Obama addressed the United Nations as president for the final time on Tuesday with a speech that urged world leaders make a "course correction" and be more open to refugees and less authoritarian. And he seemed to be take a shot, more than once, at Donald Trump's... More »

Amal Clooney Aiding Ex-ISIS Captive, With George's Blessing

Human rights lawyer is helping Nadia Murad seek justice for the Yazidi people

(Newser) - Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who survived captivity as an ISIS sex slave, was named a UN goodwill ambassador Friday—the first time a human trafficking survivor was named as such, Time reports. Murad has another distinction: a high-profile human rights lawyer helping her cause of bringing ISIS criminals... More »

As Syrians Die, UN Aid Flows Through Assad Cronies

Critics say aid money is propping up regime

(Newser) - United Nations aid is making the Syrian civil war a very profitable enterprise for cronies of President Bashar al-Assad, according to a Guardian investigation. The aid—tens of millions of dollars of it, in some cases—has been awarded to hundreds of businesses closely linked to the regime, some of... More »

In Profanity-Laced Tirade, Duterte Says He'll Leave 'Stupid' UN

Philippines prez goes on a tear amid criticism

(Newser) - The Philippines' brash-talking president threatened Sunday to withdraw his country from the United Nations and lashed out at US police killings of black men in his latest outburst against critics of his anti-drug campaign, which the AP reports has left hundreds of suspects dead. In an angry news conference that... More »

Thousands of Haitians Are Dead; UN Admits It's Partly to Blame

A cholera outbreak has been ravaging the country since 2010

(Newser) - After six years, the UN has admitted it is at least partially responsible for the cholera outbreak ravaging Haiti, the New York Times reports. The epidemic started in 2010 near a base where UN peacekeepers from Nepal had just arrived. Nepal was experiencing an outbreak of cholera at the time,... More »

ISIS Reportedly Captures 3K Fleeing Iraqis

Several may have already been killed: UNHCR

(Newser) - The UN refugee agency says it has received reports that the Islamic State may have captured up to 3,000 Iraqis who were fleeing violence and that 12 of them may have been killed, reports AP . In a report published Thursday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said the internally... More »

UN to Look Into Possible CIA-Backed Killing of Its Former Head

Dag Hammarskjold died in a plane crash in 1961 in Africa

(Newser) - The UN is on the verge of reopening the investigation into the death of former secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold, what Foreign Policy calls "the most notorious and perplexing cold case in the UN's history." Hammarskjold died in a plane crash during a 1961 peace mission in Africa. Since... More »

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