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UN Security Council calls for protection of disabled in war zones

New York - The UN Security Council approved Thursday its first resolution calling for protection of disabled people during armed conflicts.

UN agency denounces Huthi manipulation of Yemen food aid

New York - The head of the World Food Programme threatened Monday to suspend aid deliveries to Huthi-controlled areas of Yemen, charging that the humanitarian relief supplies were being "manipulated.

Disabled Syrian woman makes UN plea for the 'invisible'

New York - A young Syrian with cerebral palsy, who trekked with a wheelchair from her homeland all the way to Germany as a refugee, on Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to focus more on Syria's "invisible" disabled people.

Diplomats walk out as Venezuela hits US in UN speech

New York - Several dozen diplomats walked out from the UN General Assembly Wednesday to protest a speech by Venezuela's foreign minister, who denounced US calls on the world body to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president.

UN head 'shocked' by suffering at migrant camp in Libya

Tripoli - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Thursday he was "shocked" by the level of suffering of migrants at a detention centre in Tripoli which he visited during a visit to the Libyan capital.

UN to hold conference on Libya to pave way to elections

Tripoli - The United Nations said Wednesday it will organise an all-party conference next month to draw up a "roadmap" to lead Libya toward elections and out of the chaos in which it has plunged since a 2011 revolution.

Venezuela doctors under regime pressure during UN visit

Caracas - Venezuelan doctors have come under pressure from President Nicolas Maduro's government for trying to alert a visiting UN mission about the severe lack of hospital medicine and equipment, NGOs say.

UN pushes back against Duque's challenge to Colombia peace deal

Apo - The UN warned the Colombian government Thursday that "there can be no going back" on the landmark peace agreement with FARC guerrillas, despite President Ivan Duque's plans to modify the deal he sees as too lenient.

UN says ready to send aid if Caracas govt approves

Geneva - UN agencies are ready to send aid to Venezuela as requested by opposition leader Juan Guaido, who more than 40 nations recognise as interim president, but they can only act with authorisation from the Caracas government, a spokesman said on Thursday.

Fake eyelashes from N.Korea cost US cosmetics firm $1 mln fine

Los Angeles - California firm E.L.F. cosmetics has agreed to pay a nearly $1 million fine for importing fake eyelashes containing materials from UN-sanctioned North Korea, the US Treasury Department announced.

UN Security Council divided on climate-security link

New York - Russia and the US resisted on Friday efforts by the UN Security Council to take a tougher stand on climate change -- a day after UN chief Antonio Guterres warned of a lack of political will to fight global warming.

Guatemalans march over president's bid to close UN anti-graft unit

Guatemala City - Thousands of Guatemalans marched Saturday against President Jimmy Morales's bid to close a UN anti-corruption mission that sought to investigate him on suspicion of campaign finance violations.

Top Guatemala court overturns bid to close UN anti-graft mission

Guatemala City - Guatemala's top court on Wednesday overturned a decision by President Jimmy Morales to shut down a United Nations anti-corruption mission to the central American country.

Yemeni rebels say UN resolution 'important step'

Dubai - Yemeni rebels have welcomed a UN Security Council resolution authorising the deployment of ceasefire monitors to the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, calling it an "important step".

UN Council votes to send observers to Yemen

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution that authorizes the deployment of observers to war-torn Yemen to oversee a fragile truce in the strategic Red Sea port of Hodeida.

UN authorizes Syria aid deliveries for another year

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday approved a one-year extension of humanitarian aid deliveries across war-scarred Syria.The move came despite reluctance from Russia, which called to amend the period to six months.

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.
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