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 […]

U.S. Army mobilizes against lead hazards at bases around globe

By Andrea Januta and Joshua Schneyer FORT BENNING, Georgia, Sept 13 : Inside the gates of the U.S. Army’s Fort Benning, the din of power tools blared this week. Maintenance workers wearing respirators were busy removing old and potentially toxic paint from homes. Plastic tarps surrounded cordoned-off housing, with signs reading, “CAUTION POISON” and “LEAD […]

UN documents further Syrian govt use of banned chemical weapons

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 12 : UN investigators said on Wednesday that they had documented three further uses of banned chlorine weapons by Syrian government forces that constituted war crimes, and urged major powers to help avert a “massacre” in the final battle for Idlib. The attacks caused injuries in the Damascus suburb of […]