Michelle Nichols
An Afghan woman carries empty containers to fetch water in Balkh province, Afghanistan, in August 2023.
WORLD / Politics
Jun 24, 2024
U.N.-led Doha meeting with Taliban sparks outcry over women's rights
The U.N. has been seeking a unified, international approach to dealing with the Taliban, who have cracked down on women's rights since returning to power.
Russian and North Korean flags fly at the Vostochny Сosmodrome in Russia's far eastern Amur region in September.
WORLD / Politics
Jun 13, 2024
China and Russia fail to stop U.N. meeting on North Korean rights abuses
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia called on Wednesday for a review of sanctions against Pyongyang.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield votes during a U.N. Security Council vote on a U.S.-drafted resolution backing a proposal outlined by U.S.President Joe Biden for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Jun 11, 2024
U.N. Security Council backs Israel-Hamas cease-fire plan
Hamas has welcomed the adoption of the U.S.-drafted resolution, saying in a statement that it is ready to cooperate with mediators.
Israeli armored personnel carriers operate near the border with Gaza in southern Israel on May 29.
WORLD / Politics
Jun 7, 2024
Russia and China wrangle with U.S. over U.N. resolution on Gaza
The council's only Arab member, Algeria, also signaled it was not ready to back the text, diplomats said.
The effort by the United Kingdom, France and Germany to ramp up pressure was also visible this week at the International Atomic Energy Agency, where they successfully pushed a resolution critical of Iran despite U.S. reservations.
WORLD / Politics
Jun 7, 2024
Europeans detail Iran's nuclear violations in diplomatic gambit
The move by Britain, France and Germany is said to be aimed at pressuring Tehran into resolving the issue diplomatically.
Displaced Palestinians wait to receive United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) aid in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 7.
May 30, 2024
Gaza aid deliveries dropped by two-thirds since Israel's move into Rafah
A daily average of 58 trucks reached Gaza from May 7 to Tuesday, compared with a daily average of 176 aid trucks from April 1 to May 6, the United Nations said.
A mourner holds a picture of the late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, as she prays during a vigil to pay tribute to him and other officials who were killed in a helicopter crash, at the Iranian Ambassador's residence in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 22.
WORLD / Politics
May 30, 2024
U.S. to boycott U.N. tribute to Iran leader killed in helicopter crash
The U.N. General Assembly traditionally meets to pay tribute to any world leader who was a sitting head of state at the time of their death.
Palestinians gather in the hope of obtaining aid delivered into Gaza through a U.S.-built pier, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as seen from central Gaza Strip on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
May 21, 2024
Gaza aid piles up in Egypt while U.S. pier delivery falters
A senior U.N. aid official said there were insufficient supplies and fuel to provide any meaningful level of support to the people of Gaza caught between the Israel-Hamas war.
Russia's Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia addresses the Security Council during a meeting on the maintenance of International Peace and Security Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation at U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
May 21, 2024
Russia fails in rival U.N. bid on nuclear and other weapons in space
The draft failed to get the minimum nine votes needed: seven members voted in favor and seven against, while one abstained.
North Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song speaks during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York on June 8, 2022.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
May 15, 2024
U.N. experts: North Korea laundered $147.5 million in stolen crypto
The money was stolen from the HTX cryptocurrency exchange before being laundered in March this year, the experts said.
Palestinians gather to receive aid outside a UNRWA warehouse on March 18 as Gaza residents face crisis levels of hunger.
Apr 18, 2024
UNRWA chief warns human-caused famine 'tightening its grip' across Gaza
The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees accused Israel of blocking their ability to deliver aid to Gaza, where many are starving.
The Palestinian push for full U.N. membership comes six months into a war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 18, 2024
U.N. Security Council to vote Friday on Palestinian U.N. membership
The United States — an Israel ally — is expected to block the membership request as it would effectively recognize a Palestinian state.
The United Nations building in New York
WORLD / Politics
Apr 3, 2024
Could the Palestinians become a full United Nations member?
Palestinian U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour said the aim was for the council to take a decision at an April 18 meeting, but that a vote had yet to be scheduled.
Smoke rises from the Gaza Strip during an explosion following an airstrike on Saturday. The war in Gaza has not stopped and Hamas has not freed anyone despite the adoption of a U.N. resolution on Monday demanding a cease-fire and the release of hostages.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 27, 2024
The U.N. Security Council demanded a Gaza cease-fire. What happens now?
While the U.S. did not veto the cease-fire resolution, its description of the text as "non-binding" sparked an uproar in the world body.
A formal conclusion that famine has arrived in the Gaza Strip could come as early as next week.
Mar 6, 2024
Famine looms in Gaza: How will the world know it has arrived?
The U.N. has said that more than a quarter of Gaza's 2.3 million people are "estimated to be facing catastrophic levels of deprivation and starvation."
Displaced Palestinians gather to collect food in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday. One in six children under age 2 in northern Gaza suffers from acute malnutrition, a U.N. aid official said.
WORLD / Society
Feb 28, 2024
One quarter of Gaza's people one step away from famine, U.N. says
Practically all the 2.3 million people in the Palestinian enclave rely on "woefully inadequate" food aid to survive.
Members of the Palestinian civil defense extinguish a fire in a building following Israeli bombardments east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 20, 2024
U.S. proposes its own U.N. Security Council draft opposing Rafah offensive
The U.S. draft comes ahead of a vote by the U.N. body on an earlier proposal for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, which Washington has opposed.
Since 2006, North Korea has been subject to sanctions, which the U.N. Security Council has repeatedly strengthened to try and cut off funding for its weapons of mass destruction development.
Feb 8, 2024
U.N. experts investigate cyberattacks worth $3 billion by North Korea
Monitors wrote that the funds reportedly help the country's development of weapons of mass destruction.
Damaged buildings following an Israeli air strike on Tuesday
WORLD / Politics
Dec 13, 2023
U.N. urges Gaza cease-fire as divide between Israel and U.S. grows
U.S. President Joe Biden told the longtime ally its "indiscriminate" bombing of civilians was hurting international support.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2023
U.N. says ideas 'floated' on getting Ukraine and Russia grain to global markets
The Black Sea deal was brokered by the U.N. and Turkey in July last year to combat a global food crisis worsened by Russia's February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.


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