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Elon Musk Answers UN Challenge on Hunger Donation

Tesla founder questions whether $6B will solve the problem

(Newser) - Challenged by a United Nations official to donate enough money to help solve world hunger, Elon Musk responded with a challenge of his own. David Beasley, director of the World Food Program, had called on Musk, Jeff Bezos, and others among the world's wealthiest people to make a one-time...

Key Lines From Biden's Speech to UN General Assembly

'We are not seeking a new Cold War'

(Newser) - President Biden used his first address before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to declare that the world stands at an "inflection point in history" and must move quickly to address the issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and human rights abuses. Some highlights, via the AP and...

K-Pop Stars Address UN General Assembly

BTS members spoke at sustainability event

(Newser) - It was a United Nations speech that got attention like few others—a plug for vaccines, young people, and the earth's well-being from superstar K-pop band BTS. Addressing the stage for a sustainability event, the seven-member musical juggernaut appeared before the renowned green-marbled backdrop in the General Assembly hall...

UN Climate Report: 'We Simply Have No More Time to Spare'

Carbon emissions on track to rise 16% by 2030, but they need to fall 45% to curb climate change

(Newser) - A new report shows the world is on a “catastrophic pathway” toward a hotter future unless governments make more ambitious pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the head of the UN said Friday. The UN report, reviewing all the national commitments submitted by signatories of the Paris climate accord...

Taliban Shut Girls Out of Reopening High Schools

Announcement says boys are going back to class but makes no mention of female students

(Newser) - School will resume Saturday in Afghanistan for grades seven through 12, the Taliban announced Friday in a statement. The message of the next sentence was clear: "All male teachers and students should attend their educational institutions." Girls and the women who teach them apparently are left out, making...

Bolsonaro Plans to Ignore NYC Vaccine Mandate

'Why would I get vaccinated?' asks Brazilian leader

(Newser) - "Just guess which politician hasn’t been vaccinated and is going to expose his country and citizens to yet another international embarrassment?" tweeted Brazilian lawmaker Erika Kokay Thursday. The answer is President Jair Bolsonaro, who is apparently planning to flout New York City's indoor vaccine mandate when he...

UN Chief Warns 'Pivotal Moment' Has Arrived
UN Chief
Has a Warning

UN Chief Has a Warning

Pandemic, damage to planet, inequality could put world in constant crisis, Antonio Guterres says

(Newser) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has issued a dire warning that the world is moving in the wrong direction and faces "a pivotal moment" where continuing business as usual could lead to a breakdown of global order and a future of perpetual crisis. Changing course could signal a breakthrough to...

UN Reports 'Tragic Data' on World Hunger

10% of the global population is undernourished, research shows

(Newser) - The United Nations on Monday lamented a "dramatic worsening" of world hunger last year, saying much of that is likely connected to the pandemic, and it urged billions of dollars to save millions of people from starving. A report issued jointly by five UN agencies said hunger outpaced population...

UN Says Proof Princess Is Alive Is 'Urgently Required'

Human rights experts call for 'immediate release' of Dubai's Princess Latifa

(Newser) - United Nations human rights experts say they have repeatedly asked Dubai for proof that Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, the ruler's daughter, is alive—and they have received only a statement that she is being "cared for at home." In a statement issued Tuesday, the UN...

She Was Miss Papua New Guinea —Until TikTok Video

Lucy Maino stripped of title after posting video of her twerking

(Newser) - She posted a video of herself twerking on TikTok. That generally wouldn't have been a big deal, but for this 25-year-old, it meant the loss of a crown. Lucy Maino has been stripped of her Miss Papua New Guinea title after sharing the now-deleted video, reports the Guardian . Critics...

Senate Confirms 2 Biden Nominees
Senate Confirms
2 Biden Nominees

Senate Confirms 2 Biden Nominees

Tom Vilsack is returning to Department of Agriculture

(Newser) - President Biden's Cabinet is starting to fill out, with nominees for agriculture secretary and United Nations ambassador gaining Senate approval Tuesday. The Senate voted 78-20 to approve career diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador, a Cabinet-level position. A 35-year foreign service veteran who resigned during the Trump administration, Thomas-Greenfield...

Attack on UN Convoy Kills Italian Ambassador

Luca Attanasio, who had been ambassador to the country since 2017, was killed in Congo

(Newser) - The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, an Italian carabinieri police officer, and their Congolese driver were killed Monday in an attack on a UN convoy, per Italy's Foreign Ministry and locals. The ambush occurred as the convoy was traveling from Goma, Congo's eastern regional capital,...

UN Report: North Korea, Iran Have Teamed Up

Iran denies cooperative missile development

(Newser) - North Korea is funneling millions of dollars stolen by hackers into nuclear weapons, according to a new and confidential UN report, which also points the finger at Iran. The document accuses Kim Jong Un's regime of coordinating "operations against financial institutions and virtual currency exchange houses" to pay...

UN Reports 'Unprecedented' Job Losses in Pandemic

Toll is 4 times that of the global financial crisis in 2009

(Newser) - Four times as many jobs were lost last year due to the coronavirus pandemic as during the worst part of the global financial crisis in 2009, a UN report said Monday. The International Labor Organization estimated that the restrictions on businesses and public life destroyed 8.8% of all work...

Critics Raise Alarm on 11th-Hour Foreign Policy Move
Critics Raise Alarm on
11th-Hour Foreign Policy Move
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Critics Raise Alarm on 11th-Hour Foreign Policy Move

Designation of Houthi rebels as terrorists could make it harder to deliver food amid crisis

(Newser) - The Trump administration just made two big foreign policy moves. The one that drew most of the headlines was the designation of Cuba as a sponsor of terrorism. The other, though, is causing plenty of consternation on Capitol Hill and among humanitarian groups. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that...

Juvenile Offender's Execution Outrages UN

Iran violated international law, human rights office says

(Newser) - A United Nations agency has condemned Iran's execution of a man who was 16 when he was charged with crime. Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee, 30, was put to death Thursday, the BBC reports. Amnesty International said he was forced to confess to stabbing a man in 2007. Rezaiee was convicted...

UN Warns Against 'Vaccine Nationalism'

Group's leader says COVID vaccines should be a 'global public good'

(Newser) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that "vaccine nationalism" is moving "at full speed," leaving poor people around the globe watching preparations for inoculations against the coronavirus in some rich nations and wondering if and when they will be vaccinated. The UN chief reiterated his call...

On Marijuana, a 'Huge, Historic Victory'

UN committee takes cannabis for medical use off of list of most dangerous drugs

(Newser) - Drug policy advocates are celebrating a win this week after a United Nations commission voted to remove marijuana for medical use from a list of the world's most dangerous drugs. In a 27-25 vote, with only Ukraine abstaining, the 53 member states of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs...

Russia Offers Unusual Gift to UN Staff

He says they can all have Sputnik-V vaccines

(Newser) - What do you do when Vladimir Putin offers you Russia’s new coronavirus vaccine, for free? United Nations staff in New York and around the world are now facing that choice, after the Russian president offered Tuesday to provide them the Sputnik-V vaccine in a speech to this year’s...

Trump to UN: Blame China for the 'Plague'

Xi says he doesn't want 'a cold war or a hot one'

(Newser) - This year's United Nations General Assembly meeting is being held virtually, with leaders delivering pre-recorded messages—and President Trump used his to slam the nation where the pandemic began. "We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague on to the world—China," he said Tuesday,...

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