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United Nations
Friday, November 27th 2015 - 11:07 UTC

Australia's BHP denies UN report on 'toxic' mine spill from collapsed dam in Brazil

The in Minas Gerais state left 13 people dead, devastating several villages. The noxious river has trailed 500km from the mine into the Atlantic Ocean.

Australian mining giant BHP says mud spilled by the devastating collapse of a dam at a Brazilian mine is not toxic. On Thursday the UN said the dam burst at the Samarco mine unleashed a flood equivalent to “20,000 Olympic swimming pools of toxic mud”.

Wednesday, November 25th 2015 - 07:03 UTC

Macri names top UN official as Argentina's next Foreign Minister

 In a statement, Ban lauded Malcorra, saying she had been at his side “during one of the busiest and most turbulent periods in the history of the UN”

President-elect Mauricio Macri has tapped a top United Nations official to be Argentina's next foreign minister. Macri announced on his Facebook page on Tuesday that he picked Susana Malcorra, Cabinet chief for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon since 2012.

Saturday, November 21st 2015 - 08:30 UTC

UN Security Council authorizes “all necessary measures” to fight ISIS

 French President Francois Hollande welcomed the adoption, saying the resolution would “help mobilize nations to eliminate Daesh” (ISIS)

The UN Security Council on Friday (Nov 20) authorized countries to “take all necessary measures” to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in a resolution that won unanimous backing a week after the Paris attacks.

Tuesday, November 3rd 2015 - 05:08 UTC

UN honors journalists killed in the line of duty for 'reporting the truth'

“More than 700 journalists have been killed in the last decade – one every five days – simply for bringing news and information to the public”, said Ban

Marking the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon honoured journalists and media workers who were killed in the line of duty for merely ‘reporting the truth’ and is underscoring the importance of protecting their rights and ensuring they can report freely.

Monday, October 26th 2015 - 05:15 UTC

United Nations Day: “there is only one flag that belongs to all of us”

“Seven decades after its founding, the United Nations remains a beacon for all humanity”, Ban Ki moon.

October 24, was the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations Organization. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon message for such an occasion follows: National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world. But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us. That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea.

Wednesday, October 7th 2015 - 09:56 UTC

Former UN General Assembly president charged over corruption ring

John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda was accused of taking more than $1.3 million in bribes from Chinese businessmen

United States authorities charged a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four others on Tuesday for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme.

Wednesday, September 30th 2015 - 09:42 UTC

Conciliatory China rejects 'hegemony'; pledges to take the lead in funds 'for peace and development'

Xi said that China would “take the lead” in setting up an 8,000-troop “permanent peacekeeping police squad” that could be deployed at short notice.

Chinese President Xi Jinping promised support for a permanent UN police squad and African peacekeeping as he vowed a peaceful rise for the Asian power.

Monday, September 28th 2015 - 10:15 UTC

Guyana and Venezuela agree to restore ambassador and hold talks

Maduro and Guyanese President Granger met for the first time in New York in talks mediated by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Following a tense meeting, the presidents of Venezuela and Guyana agreed Sunday to restore ambassadors and hold talks to resolve a long-running border dispute that flared up recently following the discovery of oil in disputed waters.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 05:15 UTC

UN highest court agrees to take the Chile/Bolivia dispute over a sea outlet

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Thursday urged Santiago to open negotiations on the issue on learning of the court's decision.

The UN's highest court on Thursday agreed to take up a century-old dispute between Chile and Bolivia, saying it could rule in the case as La Paz seeks to regain access to the Pacific. The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ), which oversees disputes between countries, said it “has jurisdiction... to entertain the application filed by Bolivia.”

Thursday, September 10th 2015 - 07:35 UTC

Economists' open letter to UN: political power must be preeminent in handling economic policy

Thomas Piketty, (Paris School of Economics), Yanos Varoufakis, former Greek minister of Finance, James Galbraith (University of Texas, Austin)

European countries must support the United Nations’ proposals for sovereign debt restructuring! – Open letter to the UN by 19 economists.On Thursday September 10, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on nine principles concerning the restructuring of sovereign debts.


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