Aug 21, 2014

Japan urged to regulate hate speech by law at U.N. meeting

Many members of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged the Japanese government on Wednesday to devise legal measures against hate speech in the country. Tokyo faced renewed pressure over the matter after it received recommendations from the U.N. Human Rights ...

U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper

Aug 21, 2014

U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper

by Seana K. Magee

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is forging ahead with a plan that could increase the deployment of the Self-Defense Forces overseas under new parameters, and the United Nations welcomes a national debate in Japan on the issue as it views the potential to improve peacekeeping ...

Libyan assembly dissolves militias, asks for U.N. help

Aug 14, 2014

Libyan assembly dissolves militias, asks for U.N. help

Libya’s newly elected parliament asked the United Nations for an “international intervention” and voted Wednesday to dismantle the militias responsible for violence raging across the country for weeks. Libya is witnessing its worst spasm of violence since the 2011 ouster and killing of dictator ...

Aug 14, 2014

U.N. says Iraq humanitarian crisis at highest level

The United Nations on Wednesday called its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands have been trapped in a desert mountain by the advance of Islamic militants ...

Aug 14, 2014

Saudis give U.N. $100 million to fight terrorism

Saudi Arabia has handed over a check for $100 million to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to help finance the U.N.’s center to combat global terrorism. The U.N. chief welcomed the generous gift at a ceremony in his office Wednesday and said the recent upsurge in ...

Aug 8, 2014

Detroit mayor offers new water plan after uproar

Detroit’s mayor, who faced international criticism for mass water shutoffs aimed at resolving millions of dollars’ worth of unpaid bills, announced Thursday the bankrupt city will offer affordable payment plans to many delinquent customers. Mayor Mike Duggan made the announcement not long after several ...

Cambodia set for landmark verdict on Khmer Rouge chiefs

Aug 7, 2014

Cambodia set for landmark verdict on Khmer Rouge chiefs

Two former Khmer Rouge leaders face a verdict at a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia on Thursday over allegations of crimes against humanity, marking the first time rulers of the murderous regime will be judged in a court. Prosecutors are demanding life in jail for ...

Obama's U.N. envoy spearheads plane response

Jul 27, 2014

Obama's U.N. envoy spearheads plane response

by Julie Pace

One day after a passenger jet was shot out of the sky, Samantha Power took her seat at the United Nations Security Council and angrily began building the Obama administration’s case against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian benefactors. Her 13-minute remarks were ...