- Italy, Netherlands and Sweden vie for Security Council seat Updated: May-24-16 11:49 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden all made their cases on Tuesday for why they should be elected to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations' most powerful body.
- UN happy Africa's rapid reaction force about to be reality Updated: May-24-16 6:22 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday that the United Nations - which has 80 percent of its peacekeepers deployed in Africa - is very happy that the African Union's long-awaited rapid reaction force will become a reality in July.
- New report says health facilities attacked in 19 countries Updated: May-23-16 8:53 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Deliberate or indiscriminate attacks have decimated health facilities, killed medical workers and patients, and deprived countless civilians of care in 19 countries during 2015 and the first three months of 2016, a coalition of more than 30 health and humanitarian organizations said in a new report released Monday.
- Hospitals a deadly target in Middle East conflicts Updated: May-23-16 4:03 am
BEIRUT - As one of the few pediatricians remaining in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Dr. Mohammed Wassim Maaz offered hope to tens of thousands of children and their parents trapped in the horror and misery of the five-year civil war. But last month, an airstrike widely believed to have been carried out by the Syrian government destroyed the al Quds hospital where he worked, killing Maaz and dozens of colleagues, patients and other civilians.
- UN Security Council visits Kenya to discuss Somalia Updated: May-20-16 1:19 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - Members of the United Nations Security Council are urging Kenya's government not to forcibly evict refugees from a sprawling camp that is home to hundreds of thousands of Somalis.
- 5 Chadian peacekeepers killed in latest Mali violence Updated: May-19-16 10:57 pm
BAMAKO, Mali - The U.N. says five Chadian peacekeepers have been killed and three wounded after being attacked in northern Mali, one of the deadliest attacks on United Nations soldiers.
- UN Security Council visits Somalia to support upcoming polls Updated: May-19-16 12:09 pm
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Members of the U.N. Security Council are visiting Somalia to support the country's upcoming elections as well as its efforts to defeat an insurgency by Islamic extremists.
- US, other powers want to arm Libyan government Updated: May-16-16 7:19 pm
VIENNA - In a move fraught with risk, the United States and other world powers said Monday they would supply Libya's internationally recognized government with weapons to counter the Islamic State and other militant groups gaining footholds in the chaos-wracked country's lawless regions.
- UN condemns Boko Haram attacks ahead of summit in Nigeria Updated: May-13-16 9:11 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning attacks by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and expressing alarm at its links to the Islamic State group ahead of a summit in Nigeria to evaluate efforts to combat the extremists.
- UN envoy warns that Hezbollah expansion can threaten Lebanon Updated: May-13-16 9:09 pm
- US approves UN use of force to protect civilians in conflict Updated: May-11-16 7:52 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United States on Wednesday pledged to support a set of principles that give a green light for U.N. peacekeeping troops and police to use force to protect civilians in armed conflicts.
- Microsoft exec: No silver bullet to fight terror on internet Updated: May-11-16 5:00 pm
UNITED NATIONS - A Microsoft executive told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that "there is no silver bullet that will stop terrorist use of the Internet."
- AP sources: US getting tougher with Israel over settlements Updated: May-07-16 2:57 am
WASHINGTON - The United States will endorse a tougher tone with Israel in an upcoming international report that takes the Jewish state to task over settlements, demolitions and property seizures on land the Palestinians claim for a future state, diplomats told The Associated Press.
- Kazakhstan calls for nuclear free world by 2045 Updated: May-06-16 6:45 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Kazakhstan is seeking to encourage a wide ranging discussion of the role of religion in fighting extremism and terrorism and it is calling for a nuclear free world by 2045, the 100th anniversary of the United Nations, as the Central Asian nation makes its first bid for a seat on the Security Council.
- UN envoy warns that Iraq's political crisis helps extremists Updated: May-06-16 5:54 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The top U.N. envoy in Iraq strongly urged the country's political leaders and civil society on Friday to work together to resolve the current political deadlock, warning that the ongoing crisis and chaos are only serving the interests of Islamic State extremists.
- 120 nations accuse US top court of violating law over Iran Updated: May-05-16 7:16 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement headed by Iran accused the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday of violating international law by ruling that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets can be paid to victims of attacks linked to the country.
- Candidate for next UN chief asks to meet Security Council Updated: May-05-16 2:34 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Croatia's former foreign minister, who is campaigning to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations, said she has asked to meet members of the U.N. Security Council who will make the final decision.
- UN diplomat says Islamic State seeking new revenue streams Updated: May-04-16 8:29 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Islamic State extremist group is looking to increase revenue from taxation, smuggling antiquities "and potentially kidnap for ransom" after losing some territory and oil revenue following the destruction of significant oil facilities, the chair of the U.N. committee monitoring sanctions against the militant group and al-Qaida said Wednesday.
- The Latest: UN Security Council to hold meeting on Aleppo Updated: May-03-16 10:02 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria's civil war and the escalating violence in the contested northern city of Aleppo (all times local):
- UN demands protection for hospitals in conflicts Updated: May-03-16 1:14 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council responded to an upsurge in deadly attacks on hospitals and medical personnel, unanimously adopting a resolution Tuesday demanding that all parties to conflicts protect staff and facilities treating the wounded and sick.
- US once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria Updated: May-01-16 4:15 pm
GENEVA - Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome.
- China ambassador says North Korean proposal merits study Updated: Apr-29-16 11:56 pm
UNITED NATIONS - China's U.N. ambassador says a North Korea proposal under which Pyongyang would halt its nuclear program if the U.S. and South Korea suspend joint military exercises merits consideration.
- UN urges return to full operation of Western Sahara mission Updated: Apr-29-16 2:36 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council called Friday for the urgent return of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara to its full operation, a rebuke to Morocco which expelled most of the mission's civilian staff to protest a perceived slight by the U.N. secretary-general.
- UN says 9,333 killed since Ukraine conflict began Updated: Apr-28-16 7:52 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict began in April 2014, a top U.N. official said Thursday.
- UN: More aid deliveries in Syria, but people still starving Updated: Apr-28-16 7:16 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that despite increased aid deliveries in Syria, people are still starving without medical care and said the world should be "ashamed" at the devastating human toll in five years of "senseless" fighting.