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 ...

In about-face, Saudi Arabia rejects seat on U.N. Security Council

Oct 19, 2013

In about-face, Saudi Arabia rejects seat on U.N. Security Council

Just hours after winning a coveted place on the U.N. Security Council for the first time, Saudi Arabia did a stunning about-face Friday and rejected the seat, denouncing the body for failing to resolve world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. The unprecedented ...

Africa also has stake in UNSC reform: Abe

Jun 3, 2013

Africa also has stake in UNSC reform: Abe

by Jun Hongo

Japan and African nations must cooperate to push forward United Nations Security Council reform in order to realize better global governance, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. It was the first meeting between leaders of Japan ...

Feb 13, 2013

North Korea's reckless test

North Korea apparently has carried out its third nuclear explosion test since 2006, defying international efforts to keep it from becoming a nuclear power.

Feb 8, 2013

Breaking past the tired old plot with Pyongyang

by Ralph Cossa

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. North Korea decides, for whatever reason, that it is time to once again challenge the international community by conducting missile and nuclear tests. It announces a “satellite launch” and proceeds, despite international condemnation and warnings of ...