Feb 11, 2015

France taking detailed look at terrorist recruitment propaganda

France is looking at the sophisticated propaganda, indoctrination and other methods used to recruit terrorists, including social media and video games, as part of its wide-ranging campaign to eradicate “the devastating force of terrorism,” Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said Tuesday. She told an open ...

Security Council condemns 'heinous' murder of Goto

Feb 2, 2015

Security Council condemns 'heinous' murder of Goto

After Islamic State militants claimed his beheading in a video seen in Japan on Sunday, the U.N. Security Council condemned the “heinous and cowardly” murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. “This crime is, yet again, a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists and ...

Nov 19, 2014

U.N. panel blasts North Korea's human rights violations

A United Nations committee has passed a draft resolution introduced by Japan and the European Union that denounces North Korea’s human rights violations. The draft resolution seeks to refer Pyongyang’s record to the International Criminal Court — although the chances of realizing such move ...

Oct 14, 2014

Japan to send more young officials to U.N., other international bodies

The National Personnel Authority plans to send more young government officials to the United Nations and other international organizations to increase the nation’s presence globally. The effort will get underway starting in fiscal 2015 by expanding and improving an existing overseas training program. The ...

Oct 6, 2014

UNICEF exec prods more Japanese to join international groups

Richard Bridle, director for human resources at UNICEF, is urging more Japanese to work in international organizations. “We would like to encourage more Japanese to come into international service,” Bridle said during an interview in Tokyo last week. “It’s not about money (for the ...

Sep 25, 2014

Myanmar frees dozens more child soldiers from army, U.N. says

Myanmar’s army Thursday released 109 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said, commending the country’s “accelerated” efforts to end the use of child soldiers. The move was the largest single release of child recruits since the formerly junta-ruled nation ...

Abe pledges more climate aid but keeps figure under wraps

Sep 24, 2014

Abe pledges more climate aid but keeps figure under wraps

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged further assistance to help developing countries cope with climate change-related natural disasters, but he didn’t disclose how much money Tokyo would be putting toward such efforts. And his promise, delivered at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York ...