“Shameful” handling of migrant ship shows need for EU asylum reform : UN

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 13 : U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi urged the European Union on Wednesday to sort out its “shameful” refugee policy after both Italy and Malta turned away a ship carrying hundreds of migrants. Some 629 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, have been in the central Mediterranean since Sunday aboard the […]

U.N. Security Council elects five members for 2-year term

By Rodrigo Campos UNITED NATIONS, June 8 : The United Nations General Assembly voted on Friday to elect Germany, Belgium, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term in the Security Council starting on Jan. 1, 2019. The council is the only U.N. body that can make legally binding decisions and has […]

Safety and ‘identity’ key for Rohingya returnees – UN chief in Myanmar

By Antoni Slodkowski YANGON, June 6 : Safety and “identity” need to be in place for Rohingya Muslim refugees who return to Myanmar, the head of the United Nations in the country said on Wednesday, as Myanmar and U.N. agencies signed an outline deal on returns. The signing of a memorandum of understanding between the […]

U.S. weighs more S.C. Sea patrols to confront ‘new reality’ of China

By Greg Torode and Idrees Ali SINGAPORE, June 3 : The United States is considering intensified naval patrols in the South China Sea in a bid to challenge China’s growing militarisation of the waterway, actions that could further raise the stakes in one of the world’s most volatile areas. The Pentagon is weighing a more […]

America’s poor becoming more destitute under Trump – UN expert

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Jun 3 : Poverty in the United States is extensive and deepening under the Trump administration whose policies seem aimed at removing the safety net from millions of poor people, while rewarding the rich, a U.N. human rights investigator has found. Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty, called on […]

U.N. urges Saudi-led coalition to speed Yemen imports, avoid starvation

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 25 : The United Nations aid chief urged the Saudi-led military coalition that controls Yemen’s ports to expedite imports of food and fuel supplies, warning that a further 10 million Yemenis could face starvation by year-end. Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations, with some […]