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Drummer to Stars Charged With Swiping Kids Charity's $750K

Ex-UN music director Robin DiMaggio bought house for ex-wife, cars: prosecutors

(Newser) - A former United Nations musical director allegedly embezzled $750,000 from a charity concert for homeless and displaced children, spending some of the funds on a home for his ex-wife. Robin DiMaggio—a professional drummer who's worked with artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, Tupac, and Johnny Cash—was... More »

85% of UN Nations Back Migration Deal. US Isn't One

Global Compact for Migration seeks to ensure safe, orderly, and humane migration

(Newser) - Defying fierce opposition from the United States and a few other nations, nearly 85% of the countries at the UN agreed Monday on a sweeping yet non-binding accord to ensure safe, orderly, and humane migration. A total of 164 countries among the 193 UN members approved the first-of-its-kind the Global... More »

Trump Makes His Picks for Attorney General, UN

It's William Barr and Heather Nauert

(Newser) - Confirmation of President Trump's reported picks for attorney general and UN ambassador didn't take long. "He was my first choice [for AG] since day one. He'll be nominated," Trump told reporters of Republican William Barr on Friday, per the Hill . A lawyer who served as... More »

Report: Former Fox Anchor Will Be Next UN Ambassador

Heather Nauert joined State Department last year

(Newser) - State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is in line for a big promotion: She'll soon be announced as President Trump's nominee to be America's next ambassador to the United Nations, insiders say. Sources tell Reuters that Nauert—a former ABC journalist and Fox & Friends presenter whose State... More »

UN Bestows Protected Status Onto Reggae Music

Musical genre added to UNESCO list of items promoted for their 'intangible cultural heritage'

(Newser) - The UN is going to bat for Bob Marley. And Peter Tosh, and Toots and the Maytals, and all reggae music, really, as the musical genre has just been added to a list of protection-worthy items based on "intangible cultural heritage," the BBC reports. That's because of... More »

Most Dangerous Place for Women: Home

More than half of women killed worldwide in 2017 died at hands of intimate partner, family member

(Newser) - Men make up the lion's share of homicide victims, but it's women who "pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination, and negative stereotypes." That's according to a new UN report out of its Office on Drugs and Crime, ABC News reports,... More »

Tijuana: Please Help Us

The city struggles to cope with 5K migrants

(Newser) - The mayor of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city and said Friday he was asking the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5,000 Central American migrants, most of whom were camped out inside a sports complex, the AP reports. The comments by... More »

UN Finding Fresh ISIS Horrors

More than 200 mass graves found in Iraq containing between 6K and 12K bodies

(Newser) - More than 200 mass graves containing between 6,000 and 12,000 bodies have been found in Iraq from the time of the Islamic State group's three-year reign, UN investigators said Tuesday. The 202 graves verified by investigators dot northern Iraq and are a "legacy of (ISIS')... More »

Ivanka Trump Quashes Rumors About Replacing Nikki Haley

But the president says she'd do an 'incredible' job as ambassador to the UN

(Newser) - The position will soon be vacant and her father thinks she'd do a great job—but Ivanka Trump has confirmed that she will not be America's next ambassador to the United Nations. "It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues... More »

UN: 'Life-and-Death' Action Needed on Climate Change

Rapid transformation within 12 years could limit worst effects

(Newser) - The latest United Nations report on climate change doesn't sugarcoat its findings: Climate change is here, with catastrophic effects, and it is going to get worse. But that doesn't mean it's time to give up: The report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stresses that... More »

Iran Took Its US Gripes to UN Court, Scored Victory

A preliminary one, at least

(Newser) - The United Nations' highest court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift specific sanctions on Iran. The ruling by the International Court of Justice is legally binding, but it remains to be seen if the Trump administration will comply. President Trump moved to restore tough US sanctions in May... More »

US Denies Visas to Diplomats' Gay Partners

Unless they're legally married, a high hurdle for many

(Newser) - A new State Department mandate that a rep says will "help ensure and promote equal treatment" between heterosexual and same-sex couples is attracting no shortage of critics, with one former US ambassador calling it "needlessly cruel & bigoted." Foreign Policy reports that under the new policy, the... More »

Trump Claims He Rejected Trudeau's Meeting Request

No meeting was requested, Canadians say

(Newser) - Canada, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in particular, were among President Trump's many targets in his freewheeling press conference Wednesday. Trump claimed that he had rejected a one-on-one meeting with Trudeau at the United Nations this week because talks to renegotiate the NAFTA deal are not going well, the... More »

Trump Shares His Preference: 'I Like the 2-State Solution'

President wades into Middle East politics at the UN

(Newser) - President Trump waded into thorny Middle East politics while at the United Nations on Wednesday, endorsing the two-state solution to bring an end to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, while poised to denounce the dangers posed by Iran. Trump, a day after being greeted with laughter by... More »

Trump to UN: Only Our 'Friends' Get Aid

He asserts US independence from the world body, bashes Iran

(Newser) - President Trump addressed the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, with his familiar "America First" theme taking prominence. "We reject the ideology of globalism," the president told the world body. One of Trump's early boasts drew unexpected laughter from the audience, though he laughed it off and... More »

Trump Pauses UN Speech, Surprised by Laughter

Audience members snickered when he boasted of his administration's accomplishments

(Newser) - President Trump was addressing the UN Tuesday morning, and he got an unexpected reaction from an early boast: laughter. "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country," Trump told the General Assembly, which prompted some audible... More »

One of the World's Most Celebrated Diplomats Is Dead

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was 80

(Newser) - Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland on Saturday in a tweet , saying he died... More »

Report: US Tried to Block Breastfeeding Resolution

Smaller countries were bullied, insiders say

(Newser) - A World Health Assembly meeting that had been expected to easily pass a resolution promoting breastfeeding turned ugly when the Trump administration got involved, reports the New York Times , citing "more than a dozen participants from several countries." The sources say that the American delegation to the United... More »

UN Calls Trump's Move on Border Separations a Fail

And says in some cases the separations may amount to 'torture'

(Newser) - The United Nations had already called the separations of immigrant children from their parents at the US border "arbitrary and unlawful," and now the intergovernmental group is labeling them something else: possible torture. Per the Independent , the UN's human rights arm issued a statement Friday noting that... More »

WHO's Newest Mental Health Disorder: Obsessive Gaming

But parents shouldn't freak out just yet

(Newser) - The World Health Organization says some obsessive video gamers may actually have an addiction. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the UN health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition, per the AP . WHO said classifying "gaming disorder"... More »

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