U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

Apr 6, 2014

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

French and African soldiers serving in the Central African Republic are “overwhelmed” by the “state of anarchy” in the country, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday — a day after Chadian troops began withdrawing from the peacekeeping mission. The U.N. Security Council is due ...

Mar 20, 2014

U.S., Russia trade barbs at tense U.N. meeting

Russia and the United States exchanged threats Wednesday at a tense U.N. Security Council meeting over the Ukraine crisis, with Moscow’s envoy warning that the U.S. ambassador’s “insults” are jeopardizing Moscow’s willingness to cooperate with Washington on other diplomatic matters. It was the council’s ...

U.N. chief denounces LGBT discrimination

Feb 6, 2014

U.N. chief denounces LGBT discrimination

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned attacks and discrimination against homosexuals on Thursday, touching on the gay rights issue in Russia that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics. In a speech to the IOC a day before the games’ opening, Ban also reiterated his ...

Feb 5, 2014

Stalemate in Syria

The first round of Syrian peace talks began in controversy, proceeded in the most formal of terms, then concluded after a week with a whimper. A second round is uncertain.

Peace talks on Syria stuck over Assad's future

Jan 23, 2014

Peace talks on Syria stuck over Assad's future

Furiously divided from the start, representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebellion against him threatened Wednesday to collapse a peace conference intended to lead them out of civil war. Assad’s future in the country devastated by three years of bloodshed was at ...

U.N. chief Ban visits typhoon-hit Philippines

Dec 21, 2013

U.N. chief Ban visits typhoon-hit Philippines

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday visited central Philippine villages that were decimated by Typhoon Haiyan, and promised to try to raise at least $800 million in aid to help the region recover from last month’s devastating storm. Children who survived the Nov. 8 ...

Sep 26, 2013

Abe, U.N. chief Ban vow cooperation over Syria, North Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have agreed to cooperate on eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons and on tackling North Korea’s nuclear threat and humanitarian issues, a Japanese official said. During their talks Wednesday in New York, Abe said his administration supports ...

West missed chances to cut arsenal

| Aug 29, 2013

West missed chances to cut arsenal

by Simeon Bennett

The United States and its allies may be headed for a war that they could have tried harder to prevent. The failure since the 1970s to put more pressure on Syria to relinquish its chemical weapons, plus American support for Iraq even after it ...