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In North Korea, a Visit That Hasn't Happened in 6 Years

A top UN official hasn't been to the country since October 2011

(Newser) - The last time a senior UN official stepped foot in North Korea was in October 2011. That changed Tuesday, with United Nations undersecretary-general for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman's visit to the country. The BBC reports Pyongyang proffered the invitation in September but confirmation of the visit didn't come... More »

US, Israel Working to Prevent Publication of 'Blacklist'

List will name over 100 companies doing business in West Bank settlements

(Newser) - Weeks ahead of the expected completion of a UN database of companies that operate in Israel's West Bank settlements, Israel and the Trump Administration are working feverishly to prevent its publication, the AP reports. While Israel is usually quick to brush off UN criticism, officials say they are taking... More »

Jihadist Attack Kills 3 UN Peacekeepers

Malian soldier was also killed

(Newser) - Suspected jihadists attacked UN peacekeepers carrying out an operation with Malian defense forces Friday killing at least three peacekeepers from Niger and one Malian soldier, and injuring 14 soldiers and one civilian, UN authorities and the Security Council said. The UN mission reported that at least three assailants were killed... More »

UN Diplomat Dies in Alleged Trust Game Gone Wrong

Australia's Julian Simpson fell from Manhattan balcony Wednesday

(Newser) - "Let's play the trust game" and "I will prove that you can trust me," Australia's second secretary to the United Nations reportedly told his friend as he leaned back over a railing, some 70 feet above a Manhattan street. The words were among the last... More »

North Korea: US Ramping Up Threat of Nuclear War

Three US aircraft carrier groups are in the western Pacific for the first time in a decade

(Newser) - North Korea says the unprecedented deployment of three US aircraft carrier groups "taking up a strike posture" around the Korean peninsula is making it impossible to predict when nuclear war will break out, the AP reports. North Korea's UN ambassador, Ja Song Nam, said in a letter to... More »

UN Zaps Hunger Report on Myanmar, Raising Suspicions

'There was a real sense that they had things to hide'

(Newser) - A July report describing near starvation in Myanmar's Rakhine state has been expunged from the UN website—at Myanmar's request. Myanmar was upset with the report's claim that military forces were blocking access to food for the Rohingya even before a government crackdown led 537,000 to... More »

Why the US Is Withdrawing From UNESCO

State Department sees anti-Israel bias, also wants to keep back-dues bill from mounting

(Newser) - The US has long had dicey relations with the UN cultural organization UNESCO, and those relations have just taken another sour turn. The State Department announced Thursday that the US is pulling out of the organization at the end of next year, citing what it sees as an anti-Israel bias,... More »

How North Korea Sells Illegal Arms, Despite Sanctions

Capture of weapons cache in Egypt highlights how Pyongyang flouts UN

(Newser) - A major delivery of North Korean arms to Egypt last year was dashed only after American spies got wind of the illegal cache and, alerting officials in Cairo, essentially forced the US ally to seize the rickety ship. The dashed deal reveals the difficulty of stopping the illegal arms trade... More »

Eyes Turn to US Over UN Chief's 1961 Death

US, UK archives could hold crucial evidence in Dag Hammarskjold case: UN report

(Newser) - Conspiracy theories claiming the 1961 plane crash that killed UN chief Dag Hammarskjold was orchestrated by the US government and its allies have been circulating for years—and may have just gained some weight. A fresh investigation into the Swedish diplomat's death has uncovered a "significant amount of... More »

World Reacts to Trump's UN Address

Cuba calls speech 'unacceptable'

(Newser) - President Trump's extraordinary speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday has met with strong reactions from other countries—especially the ones he singled out for criticism. Cuba's Foreign Ministry says the country's UN delegation has "voiced a strong protest" against Trump's "disrespectful,... More »

Trump's UN Speech 'Borders on Threat of ... War Crime'

Reactions to the president's 1st speech to UN General Assembly

(Newser) - On Tuesday, in his first speech in front of the UN General Assembly, President Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea and its "rocket man" Kim Jong Un. That, understandably, got people talking. The Hill reports ABC's chief foreign correspondent accused Trump of using "WWE rhetoric"... More »

Trump Plugs His Tower in UN Debut

Plus calls for reform

(Newser) - President Trump's big speech to the full United Nations assembly is on Tuesday, but he also spoke Monday at the opening session of the annual General Assembly meetings in New York, his UN debut. He called out the UN for "mismanagement" and other problems causing it to fail... More »

What to Expect at Trump's First UN Summit

President's big speech is Tuesday, but his week is packed with smaller meetings

(Newser) - President Trump attends his first session of the UN General Assembly this week, with his big speech scheduled for Tuesday. In addition to that, however, he's got a packed week of meetings with fellow world leaders, a format that one analyst compares to "speed dating from hell,"... More »

UN Imposes Toughest-Ever Sanctions on North Korea

Though they aren't as tough as the US was hoping for

(Newser) - In response to North Korea testing a thermonuclear weapon last week, the UN Security Council voted Monday to impose its toughest-ever sanctions on the country, the Washington Post reports. Under the terms of the resolution, the country's oil imports will be capped at 8.5 million barrels a year,... More »

Elon Musk, AI Experts Warn of 'Pandora's Box' of Weapons

Open letter asks for ban of autonomous 'killer robots'

(Newser) - Elon Musk's wariness on artificial intelligence is well documented, and he just stepped up his anti-robot efforts with a note to the United Nations. The Guardian reports that the Tesla CEO and Alphabet's Mustafa Suleyman, along with nearly 120 robotics and AI specialists from more than two dozen... More »

China Warns North Korea on Missile Tests: Be 'Smart'

Beijing's warning comes a day after the UN imposed new sanctions on North Korea

(Newser) - China appeared to give a boost to US efforts to curtail North Korea's nuclear program on Sunday, one day after the United Nations voted to impose new sanctions on the country. After meeting North Korea's top diplomat, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged North Korea to make the... More »

UN Security Council Passes New Sanctions on North Korea

They could cut North Korea's yearly export revenue by a third

(Newser) - The UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions against North Korea on Saturday in response to recent ballistic missile tests, CNN reports. According to Reuters , the new sanctions ban North Korean exports of coal, iron, lead, seafood, and more. It also bans countries from bringing in more North Korean laborers... More »

US Tells UN We Intend to Get Out of Paris Climate Deal

But the process hasn't formally begun

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday officially told the United Nations that the US intends to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate pact. But the State Department's announcement doesn't formally start the process of the US getting out of the voluntary agreement. That's still to come. Still,... More »

UN Ineffective? Not According to New Study

Researchers finds UN successfully reduces chance of war breaking out

(Newser) - There are some that would accuse the United Nations of being ineffective or—as researcher Scott Pauls puts it—simply "a witness of changing policy preferences" in the world. But that's far from the case, according to a study of 65 years of UN voting records published in... More »

For First Time, World Has Treaty to Ban Nukes

But the nations that already have them boycotted

(Newser) - Those who want to rid the world of nuclear weapons can celebrate a milestone at the UN Friday—122 nations backed the first global treaty to ban them. The big caveat? The nine nations known to have a nuclear arsenal, including the US, boycotted the negotiations, reports the Guardian . So... More »

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