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UN to Investigate Possible Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

UN to Investigate Possible Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

ABC News(ALEPPO, Syria) — U.S. officials do not believe that chemical weapons were used in Tuesday’s attack in Aleppo, Syria. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon announced on Thursday that the U.N. will investigate possible use of chemical weapons in t…

UN Group Says Syria Using Militia to Incite Sectarian Warfare

UN Group Says Syria Using Militia to Incite Sectarian Warfare

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(GENEVA) — A United Nations inquiry team has charged that the Syrian government is staging sectarian warfare by utilizing local militias called Popular Committees.In a statement Monday, commission head Paulo Pinheiro declare…

Syrian Rebels Detain Twenty UN Peacekepers

Syrian Rebels Detain Twenty UN Peacekepers

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(JAMLAH, Syria) — Twenty U.N. peacekeepers on the Syrian side of Golan Heights have been detained by a group of armed rebel fighters, the United Nations said today.A spokeswoman for Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said in a statement…

UN Security Council Unanimously Condemns North Korean Nuclear Test

UN Security Council Unanimously Condemns North Korean Nuclear Test

KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a rare show of unanimity, the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday issued a strong statement against North Korea’s detonation of an underground nuclear device, thus setting the stage for yet another r…

UN Warns of Major Food Shortages in Syria

UN Warns of Major Food Shortages in Syria

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The growing humanitarian crisis in Syria resulting from the two-year civil war now includes dramatic food shortages and steep price increases on everyday supplies.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organi…

UN Puts Death Toll from Syrian Conflict at 60,000

UN Puts Death Toll from Syrian Conflict at 60,000

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The United Nations high commissioner for human rights announced on Wednesday that the death toll from the conflict in Syria that began in March 2011 now exceeds 60,000 victims.This represents a huge increase i…

Reports Calls Conflict in Syria Mostly Sectarian

Reports Calls Conflict in Syria Mostly Sectarian

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sectarian violence now dominates Syria 21 months after President Bashar al-Assad began cracking down on activists supporting democratic reform.A report released by a committee from the United Nations Human Right…

UN Urges $1.5 Billion in Humanitarian Aid for Syria

UN Urges $1.5 Billion in Humanitarian Aid for Syria

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Syria needs $1.5 billion more in humanitarian aid, the United Nations said Wednesday, as the number of refugees fleeing violence is expected to swell to one million by mid-2013.
Since President Bashar al-Assad…

‘Most Dangerous City in World’ Showing Hopeful Signs

‘Most Dangerous City in World’ Showing Hopeful Signs

The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images(MOGADISHU, Somalia) — The battle-scarred capital of Somalia has long been called the “most dangerous city in the world,” but after more than two decades of war and lawlessness, there is evidence it might…

Palestine Wins ‘Observer State Status’ at U.N. over US Objections

Palestine Wins ‘Observer State Status’ at U.N. over US Objections

John Moore/Getty Images(UNITED NATIONS) — The United Nations has voted to move Palestine a small step closer to statehood. Despite opposition from the United States and Israel,  an overwhelming majority of UN member states Thursday approved a res…

UN to Vote on Recognizing Palestine as a State

UN to Vote on Recognizing Palestine as a State

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday will vote on upgrading the Palestinian Authority’s status to a “non-member observer state.”With 132 of the 193 U.N. member countries having already recognized the state…

UN Ambassador Susan Rice Defends Herself on Benghazi

UN Ambassador Susan Rice Defends Herself on Benghazi

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(UNITED NATIONS) — At a press briefing at the United Nations Wednesday, Ambassador Susan Rice gave a spirited defense of her actions following the Benghazi consulate attack, telling reporters that her talking points in…

Quick Cessation of Syrian Ceasefire

Quick Cessation of Syrian Ceasefire

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The temporary ceasefire in Syria brokered by the United Nations and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was broken before the ink had barely dried on the pact between President Bashar al-Assad’s government …

UN Envoy Trying to Negotiate Temporary Syrian Ceasefire

UN Envoy Trying to Negotiate Temporary Syrian Ceasefire

ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Talks are currently underway with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to observe a four-day ceasefire over the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday at the end of October that would provide a brief resp…

North Korean FM: US Using Hatred of NK as Excuse to Start War

North Korean FM: US Using Hatred of NK as Excuse to Start War

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As the U.S. tries to extricate itself from an 11-year-long war in Afghanistan, an old nemesis is alleging that Washington is ready to start another one in the Far East.North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil Yon t…

Syrian FM Accuses US and Others of Spurring Conflict, Refugee Crisis

Syrian FM Accuses US and Others of Spurring Conflict, Refugee Crisis

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Syria’s foreign minister didn’t have much encouraging news Monday about the conflict in his country while addressing the United Nations General Assembly.Mostly, Walid al-Moallem pointed fingers at the international …

UK, Afghanistan and Pakistan Have Constructive UN Pow-Wow

UK, Afghanistan and Pakistan Have Constructive UN Pow-Wow

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Something positive has come out of the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City this week — even if it happened in the sidelines.The leaders of the United Kingdom, Afghanistan and Pakistan ple…

Iran’s Ahmadinejad Says America Entrusted Itself to the Devil

Iran’s Ahmadinejad Says America Entrusted Itself to the Devil

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a fiery speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad railed Wednesday against the United States and European Union, whom he said have “have entrusted themselves to the d…

US Boycotts Iranian President’s United Nations Speech

US Boycotts Iranian President’s United Nations Speech

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) — The United States delegation to the United Nations boycotted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech to the U.N General Assembly on Wednesday to protest the anti-Israel views Ahmadinejad has perpetuated this week…

UN Chief Wants Action from Security Council to End Syrian Conflict

UN Chief Wants Action from Security Council to End Syrian Conflict

SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had a pretty stern message from the international community at the start of the General Assembly Tuesday: fix the situation in Syria or suffer the consequences.With …

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