Apr 18, 2015

'Isis' dropped from U.N. hurricane name list

The U.N. weather agency announced Friday it was dropping “Isis” — the name of an ancient Egyptian goddess that also happens to be the acronym for the Islamic State jihadi group — from its stock list of Pacific hurricane names. “Isis” was replaced with ...

U.N. gives 007 a new mission, to eliminate mines

Apr 15, 2015

U.N. gives 007 a new mission, to eliminate mines

Daniel Craig, who won international acclaim playing James Bond, received a special mission on Tuesday when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed the actor as the first U.N. Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards. In a brief ceremony at U.N. headquarters, Ban ...

Russian move to sell air defense missiles to Iran worries U.S.

Apr 14, 2015

Russian move to sell air defense missiles to Iran worries U.S.

The United States voiced concern Monday about the possible sale of sophisticated Russian air defense missiles to Iran after Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a ban on such shipments. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised Washington’s concerns about the end of the sales ...

Itty-bitty nations' leaders meet at California library

Apr 11, 2015

Itty-bitty nations' leaders meet at California library

The largest gathering of world leaders this side of the United Nations is to convene Saturday at a decidedly less glamorous edifice: the Anaheim Central Library down the street from Disneyland. No one will be representing the United States, Great Britain or China, but ...

North Korea slams Mexico over ship seizure, threatens action

Apr 9, 2015

North Korea slams Mexico over ship seizure, threatens action

North Korea accused Mexico on Wednesday of illegally detaining one of its ships with some 50 crew and warned it would take “necessary measures” to release the vessel, which United Nations sanctions monitors say belongs to a blacklisted shipping firm. The 6,700-ton freighter Mu ...

U.N. envoy seeks talks on Security Council revamp

Apr 2, 2015

U.N. envoy seeks talks on Security Council revamp

Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations Motohide Yoshikawa has pledged to seek substantive negotiations on U.N. Security Council reform as the world body marks its 70th anniversary this year. Yoshikawa said in an interview Monday that 2015 will be an important year because the ...

Mar 31, 2015

U.S. leads pledges with $507 million at Syria donor conference

The United States pledged $507 million in humanitarian aid at an international donors’ conference for Syria on Tuesday as the United Nations issued an appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this year — the organization’s largest appeal yet for the war-ravaged country. Earlier, Kuwait, ...

Mar 31, 2015

North Korea threatens strike against U.N. rights office in Seoul

North Korea has threatened “merciless punishment” against South Korea if it goes ahead with plans to open a U.N. field office in Seoul for monitoring the North’s human rights record. The Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), a state body handling inter-Korean affairs, ...