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North Korean missile tests violated UN resolutions, says John Bolton

Trump national security adviser makes remark as US president heads to Japan for talks on nuclear issueThe US national security adviser, John Bolton, has said North Korea’s recent missile tests violated UN security council resolutions, the first time a senior US official has made such a statement.“The UN resolution prohibits the launch of any ballistic missiles,” Bolton said on Saturday. North Korea’s test firings included short-range ballistic missiles and so there was “no doubt” it was a violat...
Tags: North Korea, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, United Nations, Nuclear Weapons, John Bolton


Why U.S.-Iran tensions could quickly escalate into a crisis

“How could it be averted?” Zarif and the current Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, have never spoken directly, according to Iran's mission at the United Nations. “Pompeo makes sure that every time he talks about Iran, he insults me,” Zarif said. “Why should I even answer his phone call?” The open rancor between the nations' two top diplomats underscores growing concern that the lack of any established channel for direct negotiation makes a military confrontation more likely in the event of a ...


UN poverty expert hits back over UK ministers' 'denial of facts'

Exclusive: Philip Alston says he thought government response to his report might be a spoofThe United Nations expert whose warning of deepening poverty in Britain was this week dismissed as “barely believable” by ministers, has said the government’s denial is as worrying as the poverty itself.Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, published his final report on the state of Britain on Wednesday. In it he accused the government of the “systematic immiseration of a si...
Tags: Poverty, United Nations, Social exclusion, Society, UK news, Benefits, Welfare, Politics


Exclusive: FAA tells UN aviation agency 737 MAX ungrounding in U.S. could happen by late June - sources

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) representatives told members of the United Nations' aviation agency they expect an ungrounding of Boeing Co's 737 MAX jets in the United States as early as late June, three people familiar with Thursday's briefing said, though there is no firm timetable for the move.
Tags: Money, businessNews, United States, United Nations, Un, Faa, Boeing Co, U S Federal Aviation Administration FAA


UN names Ebola chief to tackle world's 2nd largest outbreak: 'We have no time to lose'

United Nations officials on Thursday named an emergency Ebola response coordinator to help bolster efforts to contain the growing outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo that has killed more than 1,200 people in 10 months. David Gressly, the U.N. deputy special representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been appointed to the new position, in which he "will oversee the coordination of international support for the Ebola response and work to ensure that an enabl...
Tags: Ebola, Science, United Nations, World Health Organization, Un, Democratic Republic of the Congo, U N, David Gressly, Gressly


‘We need everyone’: Greta Thunberg calls on adults to join climate strikes

A general strike globally on 20 September could be a ‘turning point in our history’, say young activistsRead the call to action by Greta Thunberg and other youth climate strikersGreta Thunberg and leading youth strikers for climate action from across the world have called for all adults to join a global general strike on 20 September.They are asking citizens to walk out of work just ahead of a crucial UN summit at which nations are being urged to declare much stronger ambition to tackle the clim...
Tags: Protest, Climate Change, Environment, World news, United Nations, Un, Green politics, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg, School climate strikes


Yemen's Houthis say they attacked Saudi's Najran airport by drone

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement on Thursday launched a drone attack on a Patriot missile battery in the airport of the Saudi city of Najran near the Yemeni border, the group's Al-Masirah TV said on Thursday. The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis said the drone was intercepted and destroyed by the kingdom's air defenses. The Houthis, who ousted the Saudi-backed Yemeni president from power in the capital Sanaa in 2014, have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi in the past 10...
Tags: Science, Iran, United Nations, Yemen, Sanaa, Houthis, Najran, Al Masirah TV


Demand for sand: the largest mining industry no one talks about

The world’s largest and perhaps most destructive mining industry is rarely discussed. Approximately 85 percent of all material mined from the earth is a simple and widely available resource: sand. Because it is so cheap and readily available, it is mined by everyone from guy with a shovel, to multi-million dollar machine operations. The majority of sand is used to make concrete, but the displacement of sand leads to the catastrophic destruction of coastal, sea bed and river ecosystems and topog...
Tags: Asia, Design, Australia, California, NYC, China, Singapore, New York City, River, Britain, United Nations, Wwf, Dubai, Manhattan, Tasmania, Vietnam


‘We need everyone’: youth activists call on adults to join climate strikes

A general strike globally on 20 September could be a ‘turning point in our history’, they sayRead the call to action by Greta Thunberg and other youth climate strikersGreta Thunberg and leading youth strikers for climate action from across the world have called for all adults to join a global general strike on 20 September.They are asking citizens to walk out of work just ahead of a crucial UN summit at which nations are being urged to declare much stronger ambition to tackle the climate emergen...
Tags: Protest, Climate Change, Environment, World news, United Nations, Un, Green politics, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg, School climate strikes


UN agency for Palestinians rejects US call to dismantle it

The head of the United Nations organisation for Palestinian refugees on Thursday rejected a US call to dismantle the agency, saying it cannot be blamed for stalled peace efforts. UNRWA's commissioner general Pierre Krahenbuhl rebuffed the criticism from US envoy Jason Greenblatt during a visit to the Gaza Strip. "I unreservedly reject the accompanying narrative that suggests that somehow UNRWA is to blame for the continuation of the refugee-hood of Palestine refugees, of their growing numbers ...
Tags: News, US, United Nations, Un, Gaza Strip, Greenblatt, UNRWA, Pierre Krahenbuhl, Jason Greenblatt


Trump Doesn’t Want Peace. He Wants Palestinian Surrender.

From what we know so far, the administration’s peace plan is a non-starter.
Tags: News, Israel, United Nations, Bahrain, Gaza Strip, Jared, Trump, Palestinians, Abbas, Mahmoud, Palestine Liberation Organization, Kushner, United States International Relations, Jerusalem (Israel


UN: ex-German president resigned UN job for health reasons

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former German President Horst Kohler has resigned from his role as the secretary-general’s personal envoy for the disputed Western Sahara, citing health reasons, the United Nations said Wednesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to Kohler and expressed deep regret at the resignation, “but said he fully understood […]
Tags: News, Nation, United Nations, Un, UNITED NATIONS AP, Kohler, Western Sahara, Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, Horst Kohler


The enduring depth of the charmingly shallow: 4 notes on the pleasures of North by Northwest

1) In our household, Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) has always been held in particularly high esteem, although I prefer to teach Notorious (1946) and Psycho (1960). In terms of film technique, North by Northwest strikes me as comparatively shallow, a knock off variation on The 39 Steps (1935), although one could say shallowness is the point. Family members often quote various scenes, especially Eve Kendall's lines like "Plane travel vs. train travel. Rather innocuous considering he was a...
Tags: Movies, Cary Grant, United Nations, Emma Stone, Lincoln, Cia, Northwest, Thornhill, Bates, Roger, Hitchcock, Mount Rushmore, Eve Kendall, McGuffin, The Film Doctor, Phillip Vandamm James Mason Roger


AI Voice Assistants Reinforce Gender Biases, U.N. Report Says

Artificial intelligence voice assistants with female voices reinforce existing gender biases, according to a new United Nations’ report. The new report from UNESCO, entitled “I’d Blush If I Could,” looks at the impact of having female voice assistants, from Amazon’s Alexa to Apple’s Siri, projected in a way that suggests that women are “subservient and…
Tags: Apple, Amazon, News, Uncategorized, Siri, Unesco, United Nations, Ai, Alexa, Onetime


UN envoy attacks lack of 'moral motivation' to end Libyan war

Ghassan Salamé, UN special envoy for Libya, says country is viewed as a prizeThe international community lacks the moral motivation to end the Libyan civil war and largely views the country as a prize to be captured, the UN’s special envoy for Libya has said.Ghassan Salamé’s complaint came as one of the belligerents in the civil war, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, ruled out an immediate ceasefire in talks with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, in Paris. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Paris, United Nations, Libya, Un, Emmanuel Macron, Khalifa Haftar, Ghassan Salamé


International community 'lacks moral motivation to end Libyan civil war'

Ghassan Salamé, UN special envoy for Libya, says country is viewed as a prizeThe international community lacks the moral motivation to end the Libyan civil war, and largely views the country as a prize to be captured, Ghassan Salamé, the UN special envoy for Libya, said on Wednesday.Salamé’s complaint came as one of the belligerents in the civil war, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, ruled out an immediate ceasefire in talks with the French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Paris, United Nations, Libya, Un, Emmanuel Macron, Khalifa Haftar, Ghassan Salamé


UK suffers crushing defeat in UN vote on Chagos Islands

General assembly strongly condemns British occupation of Indian Ocean territoryThe United Nations general assembly has overwhelmingly backed a motion condemning Britain’s occupation of the remote Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean.The vote, which left the UK diplomatically isolated, set a six-month deadline for the UK to withdraw from the archipelago and for it to be reunified with neighbouring Mauritius. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, Britain, United Nations, Un, Chagos Islands, Mauritius, Indian Ocean


Tunisia frees United Nations expert suspected of espionage

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A United Nations expert monitoring sanctions against Libya has left neighboring Tunisia after being jailed for nearly two months on suspicion of espionage. The U.N. office in Tunis said Moncef Kartas was released Tuesday on a provisional basis pending further investigation and is doing “relatively well.” He is a Tunisian-German citizen […]
Tags: News, Nation, United Nations, Libya, Tunisia, Tunis, Tunis Tunisia, Moncef Kartas


Kenya is allegedly selling citizen data to highest corporate bidder

According to Dr. Roselyn K. Akombe, Chief of Policy Planning and Guidance at the United Nations and ex-commissioner of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the country’s government is going to sell all the citizen data collected through the Huduma Namba exercise to the highest bidder. Her statement came after President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the deadline for Huduma Namba registration by another week. Kenya’s Huduma Namba initiative, which the government has stated is ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Politics, Africa, Tech, World, United Nations, Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Syndication, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Roselyn K Akombe, Huduma Namba


UN report compares UK welfare policies to Victorian workhouses

A United Nations report on poverty in the United Kingdom has painted a damming picture of a nation where "compassion" for the poorest has been replaced with a "mean-spirited" approach reminiscent of the 19th century workhouses made infamous by Charles Dickens.
Tags: UK, Cnn, United Kingdom, United Nations, Un


Aadhaar database raises risk of unnecessary surveillance, Human Rights Watch tells UN

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has submitted a report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in which it examines how the use of Artificial Intelligence and other data-driven technologies in welfare programs – including Aadhaar – affects people’s human... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, United Nations, Un, Human Rights Watch, Biometrics, Human Rights Watch HRW, Aadhaar


John Bolton to address US Coast Guard Academy graduates

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is scheduled to deliver the keynote address Wednesday at the United States Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony. Bolton has been President Donald Trump’s national security adviser since April of last year. He previously served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George […]
Tags: News, Nation, United Nations, Bolton, Donald Trump, George, John Bolton, Conn AP, New London, United States Coast Guard Academy, US Coast Guard Academy


New report reveals 70 million metric tons of plastic burned worldwide each year

A new report reveals the scale of the world’s plastic problem and the alarming amount of plastic that is burned. Despite the grave and well-documented consequences for human health, about 12 percent of all plastic in the U.S. is burned. In middle- and low-income countries without the infrastructure to recycle, plastic is burned at a much higher rate. According to the report, published by Tearfund, Fauna & Flora International, WasteAid and The Institute of Development Studies, a double-decker bu...
Tags: Design, News, Plastic, United Nations, American Chemistry Council, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Institute of Development Studies, Burning trash, Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Burning Plastic, Tearfund Fauna Flora International WasteAid, Dow Chemical ExxonMobil Formosa Plastics Corp, Procter Gamble The Alliance


UN threatens to suspend food aid in Yemen after CNN investigation

The United Nations is threatening to suspend aid that helps thousands of destitute Yemenis following a CNN investigation that exposed the theft or "diversion" of food aid by Houthi rebels.
Tags: News, Cnn, Middle East, United Nations, Un, Yemen


'Unprecedented' HIV outbreak infects hundreds of young children in Pakistan

Hundreds of babies and toddlers have been found infected with HIV in a Pakistani city, in what may be an unprecedented outbreak of the virus where children are the worst affected. Three-quarters of those testing positive for the virus since the outbreak was discovered a month ago in Rotadero in Sindh province are children, with nearly two-thirds aged five or under. Unqualified 'quack' doctors sharing dirty needles for injections, intravenous drips and blood transfusions have been blamed ...
Tags: Asia, Science, Pakistan, United Nations, Larkana, United Nations Aids, Ratodero, Rotadero, Maria Elena Filio Borromeo, Filio Borromeo


Ice sheets are melting far faster than we thought — in a worst-case climate breakdown, coastal cities like New York and Shanghai would be swamped

Greenhouse-gas emissions are trapping heat on the planet and warming the oceans, causing unprecedented sea-level rise and coastal flooding around the globe. Greenland's ice sheet is melting six times faster than it was in the 1980s, while the average annual Antarctic ice melt has jumped from 40 billion tons to 252 billion tons. According to a new study, previous estimates from the United Nations about expected sea-level rise due to melting ice sheets were extremely conservative. If emissions c...
Tags: Europe, UK, New York, Texas, Africa, Trends, Bbc, Cnn, Hawaii, United Nations, Shanghai, Antarctica, Un, Greenland, Pacific, Vanuatu


Pelican Tell Us Some Nighttime Stories

Trevor Shelley de Brauw is a pretty busy guy. In addition to being the guitarist in Pelican and RLYR -- and releasing an excellent solo album, Uptown, in 2017 -- he's also a father and works full-time as a music publicist. (Full disclosure: de Brauw did press for my band United Nations' last full-length in … More »
Tags: Music, Interview, United Nations, Premiere, Pelican, Trevor Shelley de Brauw, de Brauw


Priyanka Chopra promotes refugee education on Ethiopia visit

ASSOSA, Ethiopia (AP) — Actress Priyanka Chopra is in Ethiopia to promote access to education for refugee children. Chopra is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations children’s agency. She spoke with The Associated Press after visiting a school for refugees from neighboring Sudan. She says that “if we don’t care about these children, I […]
Tags: News, Entertainment, Nation, United Nations, Ethiopia, Sudan, Associated Press, Priyanka Chopra, Chopra, ASSOSA Ethiopia


An RV Camp Sprang Up Outside Google’s Headquarters. Now Mountain View Wants to Ban It

Sergeant Wahed Magee, of the Mountain View Police Department, was furious. Mountain View is a wealthy town that’s home to Alphabet Inc., the world’s fourth-most valuable public corporation and Google’s owner. This is the epicenter of a Silicon Valley tech boom that is minting millionaires but also fueling a homelessness crisis that the United Nations recently deemed a human rights violation.
Tags: Google, Science, United Nations, Silicon Valley, Alphabet Inc, Mountain View Police Department, Wahed Magee


An RV Camp Sprang Up Outside Google's Headquarters. Now Mountain View Wants to Ban It

Sergeant Wahed Magee, of the Mountain View Police Department, was furious. Mountain View is a wealthy town that’s home to Alphabet Inc., the world’s fourth-most valuable public corporation and Google’s owner. This is the epicenter of a Silicon Valley tech boom that is minting millionaires but also fueling a homelessness crisis that the United Nations recently deemed a human rights violation.
Tags: Google, Science, United Nations, Silicon Valley, Alphabet Inc, Mountain View Police Department, Wahed Magee