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  • UN chief urges solution on Dominican citizenship

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Dominican legislators on Wednesday to find a humanitarian solution to a fiercely debated court decision that could render thousands of people of Haitian descent stateless. Ban spoke to the Caribbean country's...

  • UN: Nations hide rise in private digital snooping

    GENEVA (AP) — Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens' digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday. Stepping into a fierce debate over digital privacy rights, the U.N. office says it has strong evidence of a...

  • UN chief in Haiti launches sanitation program

    LOS PALMAS, Haiti (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited rural Haiti on Monday to help launch a program to improve sanitation and fight the spread of cholera, a disease many Haitians blame U.N. peacekeepers for introducing to the impoverished Caribbean country. An outbreak of the...

  • Israeli prime minister urges strong nuclear deal with Iran as negotiations begin

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored the United States and other world leaders to insist on a strong deal with Iran regarding their nuclear program. Netanyahu, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," said negotiators should aim to model the long-term Iranian deal currently being discussed...

  • UN warns Iraq of 'chaos' if no political progress

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. urged Iraq's leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning that failure to do so "risks plunging the country into chaos." The Sunni insurgent blitz...

  • Palestinians draft UN resolution urging cease-fire

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians and their international supporters are discussing a U.N. draft resolution that would condemn all violence against civilians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and call for "an immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire." An initial draft of the...

  • UN doubts legality of Israeli air campaign

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official says she is alarmed that Israel's air campaign in Gaza may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians. Navi Pillay says the Israeli military, which claims to have hit more than 1,100 targets that it says are mostly...

  • India asks UN group to vacate rent-free office

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's new Hindu nationalist government has asked a U.N. body overseeing military activity in divided Kashmir to vacate a government bungalow in the heart of the nation's capital that it has used rent-free for 40 years. India and Pakistan both claim Kashmir in its entirety,...

  • U.S., China strike climate-change agreements

    Secretary of State John Kerry hopes he has found a partner to take to the climate-change dance, and her name is China.

  • Diplomats: Staffan de Mistura is new Syria envoy

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has been chosen by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, diplomats said Wednesday. The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an expected...

  • UN: Afghan civilian death toll up so far this year

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The number of Afghan civilians, including children, killed in violence rose by nearly 17 percent in the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 2013 as the fight is increasingly taking place closer to homes in populated areas, the U.N. said...

  • UN pushes for migrants to be called refugees

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States and Mexico to accept tens of thousands of people currently...

  • Correction: United Nations-Gay Marriage story

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a story July 7 about the United Nations recognizing gay marriage for its staff members, The Associated Press, relying on information from the U.N., reported erroneously that the new policy affected only employees of the U.N. Secretariat. The policy applies to all U.N....

  • UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis

    GENEVA (AP) — The spiraling refugee crisis from Syria's civil war could pose a serious threat to Lebanon's security and destabilize the entire region unless donors quickly provide the unfunded 70 percent of the $3.74 billion needed for emergency needs, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees...

  • Diplomats: 'House of Cards' can't film at UN

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say Russia has refused to allow the U.S. television series "House of Cards" to film in the U.N. Security Council chamber. The show's producers approached the United Nations, and the 15 council members were asked whether they would allow the use of the chamber...



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