South Korea says time to reconsider North Korea’s U.N. membership

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se accused North Korea on Thursday of “totally ridiculing” the authority of the United Nations through its nuclear and missile tests and said it was time to reconsider whether it was qualified for U.N. membership. In an address to the annual United Nations General Assembly, Yun said the U.N. security Council should adopt “stronger, comprehensive” […]

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Taliban want removal from U.N. blacklist before peace talks

Afghanistan’s Taliban want to be removed from a U.N. blacklist before considering rejoining peace talks aimed at ending a 15-year civil war, a senior member said, as its political wing met activists at an unofficial forum in Qatar. After months of worsening fighting, with the province of Helmand slipping out of government control and frequent suicide bombings in the capital, […]

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Palestinians to go to U.N. as Israel Plans Land Seizure

The Palestinians have decided that they will submit a resolution on Israeli settlements to the U.N. Security Council “very soon,” Saeb Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization and chief Palestinian negotiator, tells Newsweek. Consultations with the U.N. body’s members began on Thursday, after Israeli media revealed Israel’s plan to appropriate the largest amount of West Bank land since […]

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U.N.’s Ban Ki-moon to visit North Korea

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will visit North Korea, the first time the head of the international body will visit the reclusive state in over two decades, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. The Secretary-General plans to travel to Pyongyang later this week and will meet with the country’s leader Kim Jong Un, to discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and […]

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Iran Bans U.S. From U.N. Nuclear Inspections

“Inspectors should be from countries that have diplomatic relations with Islamic republic of Iran” (TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Iran will only allow inspectors from countries […]

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U.N. Quietly Offers DNA Testing for ‘Peacekeeper Babies’

No one knows how many children have been fathered by U.N. peacekeepers over the decades (UNITED NATIONS)—The U.N. peacekeepers arrive; months later, some leave infants behind. Now the United Nations has quietly started to offer DNA testing to help prove paternity claims and ensure support for the so-called “peacekeeper babies.” It’s a delicate step, as countries that contribute U.N. troops […]

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