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"Guernica" tapestry long on view at UN, no longer is

New York - A large tapestry depicting Pablo Picasso's fabled "Guernica" that hung outside the UN Security Council chamber for decades to remind diplomats of the risks of war has returned to its owner, Nelson Rockefeller, Jr., officials said Thursday.

UN Security Council to meet on global warming impact on world peace

New York - The UN Security Council will hold a summit of world leaders Tuesday to debate climate change's implications for world peace, an issue on which its 15 members have divergent opinions.

UN Security Council to debate challenge of global vaccine access

New York - At the initiative of Britain, which boasts of having an effective vaccination program, the UN Security Council on Wednesday will debate the problem of global access to Covid-19 vaccines, raising issues likely to underscore sharp differences between cou...

Squeezed by sanctions, pandemic, Cuba finally opens up economy

Havana - Cuba is undergoing a paradigm shift: after decades of tight, centralized control, the communist government is opening up the bulk of its economy to the private sector.

In multiple messsages, Biden warns Beijing over expansionism

Washington - One week into the job, US President Joe Biden has sent a clear warning to Beijing against any expansionist intentions in East and Southeast Asia.

Brazil's late and rocky start on vaccinations fuels public ire

Bras - Brazil's newly launched vaccination campaign against Covid-19 has gotten off to a late and rocky start -- as the country is hammered by a second wave of the disease, it is already close to running out of vaccine, syringes and other vital equipment, acc...

Central American migrants hope Biden will support American Dream

La Lima - Emerson Lopez sells bananas on the side of a dusty road in northern Honduras -- but soon he is going to try his luck chasing the American Dream.

Often-lectured Africa sees irony in US political violence

Abidjan - As they watched a violent mob smash into the US Capitol, some in Africa could not help but see a little irony in the chaos incited by President Donald Trump, who once famously called African nations "shitholes".

French fishermen voice relief at Brexit deal

Lille - French fishing officials on Friday welcomed a post-Brexit trade accord that will allow them to continue plying British waters after January 1, avoiding a "no deal" that could have threatened the livelihoods of thousands.

EU leaders save landmark budget as Brexit looms

Apo - EU leaders on Thursday resolved a bitter dispute with Poland and Hungary and salvaged the bloc's landmark post-coronavirus recovery plan, as the threat of an imminent no-deal Brexit loomed large.Leaders were looking to salvage the EU's 1.

Macron rejects calls to get tough with Egypt's Sisi on rights

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday rejected criticism of his close ties with visiting Egyptian strongman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, saying that to take a tougher line on respect for human rights would be "counterproductive".

France charges suspect in deadly 1982 Paris attack

Paris - A suspect in a 1982 attack on a Jewish neighbourhood in Paris that killed six people was on Saturday charged and remanded in custody by French authorities after his extradition from Norway, judicial sources said.

Iran assassination could undercut Biden's diplomatic options

Washington - The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, which Tehran has blamed on Israel, risks not only sharpening tensions across the region but also severely complicating plans by US President-elect Joe Biden to resume dialogue with the Islamic repub...

Pompeo heads to see allies who are turning page on Trump

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faces an elephant in the room as he heads Friday on a seven-nation trip to US allies -- they have congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory and he most certainly has not.

US sells oil seized from Iran to Venezuela for $40 million

Washington - The United States said Thursday that it had sold Iranian oil seized on its way to Venezuela for more than $40 million.Washington announced in August that it had confiscated 1.

Trudeau slams China on human rights, 'coercive diplomacy'

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned China on Tuesday that its "coercive diplomacy," repressive measures in Hong Kong and detention of Uighur Muslims are counterproductive for itself and the rest of the world.

Four years on, Trump keeps ramping up sanctions but sees few results

Washington - As he seeks a second term, US President Donald Trump is accelerating his favorite foreign-policy tool of economic sanctions but his "maximum pressure" campaigns have produced few of the results he has been seeking.

Canada suspends weapons sales to Turkey

Ottawa - Canada announced Monday the suspension of arms exports to NATO ally Turkey as Ottawa investigates the alleged use of its military technologies in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

UN chief appeals for 'responsible' pandemic leadership

New York - The secretary-general of the UN, Antonio Guterres, called Tuesday for "responsible leadership" in a message released to mark the stunning one million deaths globally from Covid-19.

In a time of disarray, UN's virtual meeting adds surreal notes

New York - "Our common house is in disorder," said French President Emmanuel Macron, describing the troubled state of the United Nations General Assembly as it prepares for a second week of mostly virtual meetings and speeches starting Tuesday.

US defies world to say Iran UN sanctions back in effect

Washington - The United States unilaterally proclaimed on Saturday that UN sanctions against Iran were back in force and promised to punish those who violate them, in a move that risks increasing Washington's isolation but also international tensions.

The UN marks 75th anniversary facing world split by Covid-19

New York - The United Nations will mark its 75th anniversary Monday, celebrating the mantra that "multilateralism is not an option but a necessity," even as the coronavirus underscores the fragility of international cooperation.

New UN meeting on Belarus on Friday

New York - The UN Security Council is to hold an informal meeting on Friday on the situation in Belarus, this time in public and with the participation of the country's opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, diplomats said.

US-Israeli delegation lands in Abu Dhabi on historic flight

Abu Dhabi - A US-Israeli delegation led by White House advisor Jared Kushner arrived Monday in Abu Dhabi, on the historic first commercial flight from Tel Aviv to mark the normalisation of ties between the Jewish state and the UAE.

El Al 971 to Abu Dhabi: first Israel-UAE 'commercial flight'

An Israeli-American delegation was set to take off Monday on the first commercial flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi as the US-brokered normalisation agreement between the Jewish state and the UAE takes hold.

Five tense years since the 2015 migrant crisis

Paris - The arrival five years ago of more than a million migrants in Europe caused widespread chaos and, despite a significant decline in arrivals, tensions and divisions have continued between EU countries over migration.

UN Security Council calls for more women peacekeepers

New York - The Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution calling on UN members to boost the numbers of women peacekeepers, diplomats said, seeing the move as a way to improve the effectiveness and credibility of the missions.

Half century on, US hawks revive criticism of China normalization

Washington - For half a century, Richard Nixon's opening to communist China has been viewed by many Americans as a diplomatic masterstroke, with successive presidents of both parties following his course.

Curious onlookers flock to closed US consulate in China

Chengdu - Taking selfies and waving Chinese flags curious locals flocked to the US consulate in Chengdu Sunday as officials prepared to remove its official plaque just days after Washington and Beijing ordered each other to close one of their diplomatic missions...

UN fails to find consensus after Russia, China veto on Syrian aid

New York - The UN Security Council failed to find a consensus on prolonging cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria on Friday after Russia and China vetoed an extension and members rejected a counter proposal by Moscow.
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