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Tough New Sanctions Approved By UN Could Cost North Korea $1 Billion In Exports Annually

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously approved a sanctions resolution that the United States said was the strictest imposed “on any country in a generation,” banning North Korea from exporting many of its most lucrative products, ranging from coal to iron ore to seafood and even some of its artwork.

August 7, 2017
Protesters yell outside of the Berkeley Police Department protesting police violence in Berkeley, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

The Un-Free Speech Movement At Berkeley

UC Berkeley is an exceptional institution whose history includes the 1964-65 protests that gained fame as the Free Speech Movement. Long known as a hotbed of left-wing activism, it has lately gained attention as a place where right-wingers venture at their peril. In February, the administration abruptly called off a talk by then-Breitbart News troll Milo Yiannopoulos after protesters threw stones and firebombs and smashed windows.

April 23, 2017

U.N. Condemns North Korea Launch After U.S.-Russia Spat

Moscow reportedly threatened to veto the motion, despite its support from all 14 other members of the U.N. Security Council, including Pyongyang ally China, over the way it was worded. The statement said the U.N. was opposed to North Korea’s decision to launch a liquid-fueled ballistic missile Sunday on the 105th birthday of Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s late founder and current leader Kim Jong Un’s grandfather.

April 21, 2017

Not Charity: UN Peacekeeping Protects America From Threats Abroad

There are about 100,000 peacekeepers around the world that serve in 16 missions. Only 68 of these peacekeepers are Americans. But each and everyone one of those missions was approved by the United States because the US has a permanent seat on the Security Council — and only the Security Council can approve missions, their mandates and set troop sizes.

March 29, 2017
Syria Madaya Resident Starving Siege

Severe Malnutrition Confirmed In Syria’s Madaya, 32 Deaths Reported In Month: U.N.

The U.N. Children’s Fund UNICEF on Friday confirmed cases of severe malnutrition among children in the besieged western Syrian town of Madaya, where local relief workers reported 32 deaths of starvation in the past month.

January 15, 2016

Austria, Libya Count Dead As Number Of Migrants Crossing Mediterranean Soars

The U.N. refugee agency said the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe had passed 300,000 this year.

August 28, 2015

Twelve Die In Attacks On Three Mali Hotels

Soldiers and police Saturday ended a siege in a northern Mali trading hub in which at least 12 people died.

August 8, 2015

Number Of Syrian Refugees Tops Four Million: UN

More than 4 million Syrians have fled the civil war ravaging their country and become refugees in the surrounding region.

July 9, 2015

What The Ebola Virus Is Trying To Teach Us

Hostility to federal and international agencies is proving very hazardous to our health.

October 8, 2014

Do You Support President Obama’s Climate Policy?

Do you agree with President Obama’s actions to reverse the last effects of climate change?

September 23, 2014

Iraq Wins Pledge Of Military Support Against IS Militants

Paris (AFP) — The world’s top diplomats pledged Monday to support Iraq in its fight against Islamic State militants by “any means necessary”, including “appropriate military assistance”, as leaders stressed the urgency of the crisis. Representatives from around 30 countries and international organisations, including the United States, Russia and China, gathered in Paris as the […]

September 15, 2014

Israel Approves New Gaza Ceasefire As UN Rages Over School Strike

By Adel Zaanoun Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — Israel agreed on Wednesday to observe a four-hour lull in Gaza several hours after a deadly strike on a school killed 16, drawing a furious response from a UN refugee agency. In a statement, the army said it had agreed to a humanitarian pause which was […]

July 30, 2014

Ukraine Troops Nearing MH-17 Crash Site; U.N. Opens War-Crime Probe

By Steven Zeitchik and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian government forces recaptured three towns from pro-Russia separatists and were pressing toward the Malaysia Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine where the separatists accused of downing the plane have obstructed international disaster investigators, officials said Monday. The United Nations high commissioner […]

July 28, 2014

UN: AIDS Could Be Wiped Out By 2030

Geneva (AFP) – Global AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by over a third in a decade, raising hopes of beating the killer disease by 2030, the United Nations said Wednesday. With more than half of the 35 million people living with HIV unaware they are infected, the battle is far from over however, said […]

July 16, 2014

Detroit Violating Human Rights By Closing Water Taps: U.N.

Geneva (AFP) – U.N. rights experts on Wednesday slammed struggling U.S. city Detroit for violating the basic human rights of its citizens by disconnecting thousands of people from water services over unpaid bills. Cash-strapped Detroit, which last July became the largest U.S. city to ever file for bankruptcy protection, has recently begun disconnecting water services […]

June 25, 2014

UN Rights Chief: Xenophobia In EU Paves Way To Violence

GENEVA — The recent rise in xenophobic rhetoric from EU politicians could pave the way for violence and human rights violations, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned Tuesday in Geneva. At the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s summer session, Pillay said the xenophobic, racist and religiously intolerant discourse could undermine […]

June 10, 2014

Ugandan Named To Head UN Assembly Faces Criticism On Human Rights

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, who is set to take over the presidency of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, has a decades-long legacy of corruption, military aggression and human-rights abuses, according to opponents of his selection as ceremonial head of the world body. The 65-year-old career […]

June 9, 2014

‘Time Running Out’ As CO2 Levels Hit New High: UN

Geneva (AFP) – Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, the UN’s weather agency said Monday, highlighting the urgency of curbing manmade, climate-altering greenhouse gases. In April, for the first time, the mean monthly CO2 concentration in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere, which pollutes more than […]

May 26, 2014

South Sudan Ceasefire Crumbles As Battles Rage In Oil-State

Juba (AFP) – Forces in South Sudan on Thursday fought fierce battles and traded blame for breaking a ceasefire as the civil war entered its sixth month amid warnings of famine if bloodshed continues. Both sides reported heavy fighting in the key oil-producing state of Upper Nile, which now pumps almost all of South Sudan’s […]

May 15, 2014

U.N. Condemns Ethnic Killings In South Sudan Oil Town

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — The United Nations on Monday condemned ethnic killings by South Sudan rebels that left hundreds of people dead last week after the fall of an oil town to the opposition forces. The world body said the killings took place in Bentiu, the hub of the country’s main […]

April 21, 2014

Putin: Russia May Invade Ukraine To Protect Locals

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Russia may invade southeast Ukraine to protect the local population, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Speaking live at his annual call-in show in a Moscow television studio, Putin implied he reserves the right to move Russian troops into the neighboring country on behalf of pro-Russian residents. “We […]

April 17, 2014

White House: Iran Ambassador Nominee To UN Is Not ‘Viable’

By Christi Parsons and Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has told Iran that its nominee for ambassador to the United Nations is “not viable,” but the White House did not outline steps it might take to derail the potential appointment. Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said President Barack Obama has […]

April 8, 2014

Climate Change Is Already Felt Globally And Risks Are Rising, UN Panel Says

By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times Climate change is already affecting every continent and ocean, posing immediate and growing risks to people, an international panel of scientists warned Monday. The longer society delays steps to cut the release of planet-warming greenhouse gases, the more severe and widespread the harm will be, said the United Nations’ Intergovernmental […]

April 1, 2014

UN Court Rules Antarctic Whaling By Japan Illegal, Orders Halt

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times The United Nations’ highest court on Monday ruled that Japan’s Antarctic whaling operations are not for “scientific purposes” as Tokyo claims and ordered an immediate halt to the practice. In a 12-4 ruling, the International Court of Justice said Japan failed to demonstrate during a three-week trial last […]

March 31, 2014