Dec 23, 2014

U.N. Security Council takes up North Korea's human rights

The U.N. Security Council placed North Korea’s bleak human rights situation on its agenda Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. This appears to be the first ...

Dec 15, 2014

Palestinians to seek U.N. resolution Wednesday on occupation

The Palestinians are to present a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council Wednesday that would set a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation, an official said. “The Palestinian leadership took a decision to go to the Security Council next Wednesday ...

Top North Korea envoy in Moscow for Putin talks

Nov 18, 2014

Top North Korea envoy in Moscow for Putin talks

A special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Moscow on Monday for talks with President Vladimir Putin as Pyongyang seeks allies to fend off a U.N. resolution calling for a probe into crimes against humanity. Choe Ryong Hae, who holds ...

Oct 17, 2014

Venezuela, New Zealand join U.N. Security Council

Venezuela, New Zealand, Angola and Malaysia have been elected to coveted seats on the United Nations Security Council, while voting continued to determine whether Turkey or Spain would join the council. Neither Turkey nor Spain got enough votes in the first or second ballot ...

Abe vows to work against 'war culture'

Sep 26, 2014

Abe vows to work against 'war culture'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Thursday to eliminate “war culture” from the world as he highlighted Tokyo’s aid in crises from the Middle East to Ukraine. Abe — who has frequently faced anger in neighboring countries that accuse him of historical revisionism — used ...

Sep 24, 2014

United States defends Syria airstrikes in letter to U.N. chief

The United States told the United Nations on Tuesday it led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria because President Bashar al-Assad’s government had failed to wipe out safe havens used by the group to launch attacks on Iraq. In a letter to U.N. ...

Libya warns UNSC of possible slide into civil war

Aug 28, 2014

Libya warns UNSC of possible slide into civil war

Libya warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed. The 15-nation council met to discuss Libya days after its parliament, which was replaced in an ...

Aug 1, 2014

U.S. sees 'progress' in Gaza truce bid

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has “made some progress” in complicated talks to try to reach a ceasefire in Gaza, his department said Thursday. “We know we’re not there yet. But I think we have made some progress,” said deputy State Department spokeswoman ...