Among leaders making UN debut: a new mother with baby in tow

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 :At the United Nations this week, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has to contend with some daunting challenges – her debut before world leaders and the sleep schedule of her 3-month-old baby. The 38-year-old Ardern has made global headlines since coming to power last October when she […]

From reality TV to UN, Trump to wield Security Council gavel

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 : He has chaired board meetings, cabinet meetings and starred in a reality television show, but on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump will wield the gavel in the United Nations Security Council to denounce Iran for what it sees as its malign regional behavior. Trump is able to […]

At U.N. podium, Trump to tout protecting U.S. sovereignty

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 : Since U.S. President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations a year ago pushing an “America First” policy, he has quit the Iran nuclear deal, the U.N. Human Rights Council and lashed out at some of the closest allies of the United States. Next week […]

Calls grow for UN action on China’s Muslim ‘re-education camps’

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 19 : France and Germany have called on China to close “re-education camps” in its restive far western region of Xinjiang where up to one million Uighurs and other Muslims are thought to be held for political indoctrination as pressure grows for UN action. Reports of mass detentions and strict […]

U.S. accuses Russia of covering up breaches of N.Korea sanctions

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Sept 14 : U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Moscow on Thursday of seeking to cover up breaches of U.N. sanctions on North Korea by Russians after it pushed for changes to an independent report on sanctions violations. The U.N. Security Council will meet on Monday over […]

UN shares locations of Idlib hospitals and schools, hoping to protect them

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 13 : U.N. officials have notified Russia, Turkey and the United States of the GPS coordinates of 235 schools, hospitals and other civilian sites in the Syrian province of Idlib, in the hope the move will help protect them from being attacked. “We share these coordinates so there is no […]