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US, Saudi, Russia 'insulted' key global warming report: Al Gore

Oslo - Former US vice president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore on Tuesday slammed the world's top oil producers -- his own country, Saudi Arabia and Russia -- for "insulting" a key and alarming report on climate change.

UN seeks $4 bn for Yemen

New York - The United Nations said Monday it was seeking $4 billion to provide humanitarian aid to some 20 million Yemenis next year -- or about 70 percent of the war-stricken country's population.

UN rapporteur slams killings of Colombian rights defenders

Apo - A UN official called on the Colombian government to step up measures to protect human rights defenders following an upsurge in the number murdered since the signing of a peace agreement with former FARC guerrillas.

Yemen on brink of 'major catastrophe': UN aid chief

Aden - UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned Saturday that Yemen was "on the brink of a major catastrophe", as the world body pushes for peace talks in the impoverished and war-wracked country.

Trump rejects Paris accord, but his diplomats are still negotiating

Washington - Next week in Poland, a discreet delegation of American diplomats will settle in for two weeks of international climate negotiations along with their European, Chinese and other counterparts they've mixed with for years.

Italy's Salvini meets rescued migrants, promises 'welcome'

Pomezia - Italian far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday met dozens of African migrants, recently evacuated from Libya by the UN, and sought to reassure them that Italy is "a welcoming, generous and supportive country".

Venezuela arrests hundreds of currency 'speculators'

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities ordered more than 600 arrests over the last eight months for "speculation" on the currency market, Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced Thursday.

UN humanitarian chief seeks extension of aid to civilians in Syria

New York - The United Nation's top humanitarian affairs official appealed to the Security Council Monday for continued aid deliveries to Syria's civilian population across borders and through front lines, despite Russia's growing opposition.

Moscow wants UN resolution to preserve nuclear arms treaty

New York - The US pushed back Thursday against a Russian draft resolution to the UN General Assembly that proposed to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) that the US plans to pull out of, according to diplomatic sources.

Jamal Khashoggi's killing was 'extrajudicial execution': UN expert

New York - Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of an "extrajudicial execution" committed by the Saudi state, a UN expert said Thursday, calling for an international investigation.

UN human rights chief slams 'regrettable' Burundi threats

New York - The UN's human rights chief on Thursday demanded respect from Burundi after its ambassador threatened to prosecute the authors of a recent report detailing continuing violations in the country.

'Ongoing genocide' underway against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims: UN

New York - A genocide is still underway against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, a UN fact-finding team said Wednesday as it presented a report at the Security Council calling for the matter to be referred to the International Criminal Court.

UN warns of danger of widespread famine in Yemen

New York - The United Nations warned Tuesday that Yemen was on the verge of widespread famine. "There is now a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen," UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock said.

Mexico allows caravan women, children in, but thousands still stranded

Ciudad Hidalgo - Mexican authorities allowed dozens of women and children from a US-bound Honduran migrant caravan to enter the country Saturday but thousands remain stranded on a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico where riot police barred their progress.

Thousands of Central American migrants stranded on Mexican border

Ciudad Hidalgo - Thousands of US-bound Honduran migrants remained stranded Saturday after spending the night on a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico where riot police barred their progress.

Canada to resettle group of Syrian White Helmets

Ottawa - Canada is preparing to welcome a group of Syrian White Helmets rescuers, officials said on Friday, without specifying when they will be resettled.

Migrant caravan halted after storming Guatemala-Mexico border

Ciudad Hidalgo - Thousands of migrants who forced their way through Guatemala's northwestern border and flooded onto a bridge leading to Mexico, where riot police battled them back, on Saturday waited at the border in the hope of continuing their journey to the United ...

Venezuela migrant crisis 'monumental': UN Refugee Agency chief

C - Venezuela's migrant exodus has sparked a "monumental" humanitarian crisis, UN Refugee Agency chief Filippo Grandi said during a visit Sunday to a border area of neighboring Colombia.

UN chief hopes for 'swift' formation of Iraqi government

New York - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday he hopes for the "swift" formation of an "inclusive" Iraqi government following the election of the country's president.

Libya unity govt under pressure on security, economic reforms

Tripoli - A month of deadly clashes between armed groups in Tripoli has stepped up pressure on Libya's unity government to end its reliance on militias and to implement economic reforms.

193 speeches? UN General Assembly president says format just right

New York - The UN General Assembly may be one of the most unwieldy events on the diplomatic calendar, with non-stop speeches by 193 leaders and hundreds more side events, all in a few blocks along New York's East River.

US ambassador calls for Maduro ouster with megaphone diplomacy

New York - The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on Thursday joined Venezuelan protesters outside the world body headquarters and called for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

Bianca Jagger, a onetime Sandinista supporter, wants Ortega to go

New York - Bianca Jagger once defended the Sandinista revolution of Daniel Ortega. But today, the Nicaraguan rights campaigner wants to see the controversial leader leave office in her homeland.

UN's Yemen envoy pushes for new peace talks as fighting continues

Sanaa - The UN's Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths has met the country's Huthi rebels in a push for new peace talks, as fighting continued Friday around the strategic port city of Hodeida.

UN kicks off talks on high seas treaty

New York - UN member states on Tuesday kicked off two years of negotiations toward a treaty that would finally regulate the high seas, which contain vast troves of valuable plant and animal DNA.

UN human rights mission departs Nicaragua

Managua - The United Nations human rights mission left Nicaragua Saturday after being ordered out by a government it criticized over its heavy-handed response to anti-regime protests.

Jordan to host fundraiser at UN for Palestinian refugee agency

Apo - Jordan will host a fundraiser at the United Nations headquarters in New York next month to keep the agency for Palestinian refugees afloat, the kingdom's top diplomat said Thursday.

US leads calls for Myanmar military to be held to account for Rohingya crackdown

New York - Several countries, including the United States, called Tuesday for Myanmar military leaders accused of orchestrating the repression of the country's Rohingya minority to be brought before international justice.

UN rights body criticises sacking of veiled French nursery worker

Geneva - The United Nations' Human Rights Committee has criticised the 2008 sacking of a French nursery worker for refusing to remove her veil at work.

Venezuelans endure the painful journey to Ecuador

Quito - Jose Carrizales sits on a wooden chair with his feet in the air, waiting for the blisters to heel.
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