UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea

Apr 18, 2014

UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea

The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against “a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world,” and he told reporters that most council ...

With gruesome images, UNSC to see Syria savagery

Apr 15, 2014

With gruesome images, UNSC to see Syria savagery

The bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding. Starvation was only one form of torture they endured. Some bear the marks of strangulation. Others have vivid bruises and welts from being beaten. On Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council ...

Iran seeks meeting on banned U.N. envoy

Apr 15, 2014

Iran seeks meeting on banned U.N. envoy

Iran on Monday requested a special meeting of a U.N. committee on the United States’ refusal to grant a visa to Tehran’s new U.N. ambassador appointee, describing the decision as a dangerous precedent that could harm international diplomacy. The United States said Friday it ...

U.N. climate goal feasible but energy reform vital: IPCC

Apr 13, 2014

U.N. climate goal feasible but energy reform vital: IPCC

The world has a likely chance of meeting the U.N.’s warming limit of 2 degrees Celsius if it cuts annual greenhouse gas emissions 40-70 percent by 2050, especially from energy, a top expert panel said Sunday. The longer it takes to switch from carbon-polluting ...

Anti-whaling ruling lets Japan save face

Apr 12, 2014

Anti-whaling ruling lets Japan save face

by Mari Yamaguchi

The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling ...