Tag: United Nations

Trump’s National Security Officials to Meet on Possible Iran Options

WASHINGTON — Senior national security officials from across the government are scheduled to meet Thursday to refine a list of potential targets to strike in Iran, should President Trump order a military retaliation for missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil fields last weekend, officials said. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Joseph […]

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Nobel Peace Laureate Could Face Prosecution Over Myanmar Military’s Actions

GENEVA — Myanmar’s civilian leader, a Nobel laureate once extolled as a champion of democracy, could face prosecution for crimes against humanity because of the military’s attacks on Rohingya Muslims and other minority groups, United Nations investigators said on Tuesday. Their statement was a new sign of how far the leader, Daw Aung San Suu […]

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Iran Rules Out Meeting Between Trump and Rouhani

Iran has dismissed the possibility of a meeting between the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and President Trump on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly next week, the country’s state-run news media reported on Monday. “Neither is such a plan on our agenda nor will such a thing happen,” Seyed Abbas Mousavi, a spokesman […]

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Where There Are Fish in the Tap Water and Women’s Uteruses Fall Out

MARINKA, Ukraine — The last time Marina Korneeva heard about her home in Marinka, a small town in eastern Ukraine, it had been requisitioned by the army and was being used as an improvised morgue. Corpses were stored in it without refrigeration. Marinka, an unkempt town of about 5,000 residents that mixes rustic homes and […]

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Is Trump’s America Tougher on Asylum Than Other Western Countries?

BERLIN — The Supreme Court this week allowed the Trump administration to move forward with a plan to bar most migrants, particularly Central Americans, from seeking asylum in the United States. Under President Trump’s plan, migrants cannot apply for asylum unless they have already tried — and failed — to receive it in one of […]

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The Climate Activist and the Sea

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, represents many things to many factions in the fight to slow human-driven global warming. Some see her as a manipulated totem. Others, as a hero. I’m among those who see great value in Thunberg’s sharp prod to the status quo, though I see the greatest value in climate […]

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Greta Thunberg, Teenage Climate Activist, Reaches New York by Boat

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Her protests on Fridays demanding action on climate change have inspired children to demonstrate in some 100 cities. Her admonitions to grown-ups to “tell it like it is” have won her an invitation to speak at the United Nations […]

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Group of 7, Minus Trump

One of the few concrete pledges to come out of the Group of 7 summit in Biarritz, on France’s Atlantic coast, was an aid package of $20 million for Brazil and its neighbors in the Amazon basin to fight fires raging through the rainforest. The sum was a trifle, given the scale of the fires […]

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2 Years Ago, They Fled Into Danger and Squalor. Myanmar Still Looks Worse.

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. NGA KHU YA, Myanmar — Rusting behind barbed wire, rows of trailers at a repatriation center sit empty and uninviting, evocative of a prison awaiting its […]

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The Species Act, Endangered: ‘Like a Plan From a Cartoon Villain’

In early May, a United Nations panel on biodiversity released a deeply troubling 1,500-page report warning that as many as one million plant and animal species were at risk of extinction worldwide. It strongly urged nations everywhere to accelerate efforts to save the marine and terrestrial life that remain — the mammals, the birds, the […]

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Kim Jong-un’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

SEOUL, South Korea — Guess what country just issued stamps of Donald Trump? North Korea! Yes: An official postage stamp features grave-looking likenesses of President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, standing side by side. It commemorates their pleasantry-laden chitchat earlier this summer at Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone between the two […]

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Car Bomb Kills 3 U.N. Staff Members Outside a Benghazi Mall

BENGHAZI, Libya — At least three United Nations staff members were killed in Libya after a bomb-laden vehicle exploded this weekend outside a shopping mall in the eastern city of Benghazi, a spokesman for the international body said. The attack on Saturday occurred even as the country’s warring sides said they had accepted a cease-fire […]

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U.N. Sounds Alarm Over Killings in Idlib as Syria Cease-Fire Collapses

GENEVA — A week after Syria’s government agreed to a cease-fire with rebel groups affecting the northwestern province of Idlib, air force jets hit multiple targets on Friday, humanitarian workers said, fueling international fears for millions of civilians crammed into the area. By early afternoon, aid workers on the ground had counted airstrikes on 13 […]

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Fighting Climate Change on the Farm

FIREBAUGH, Calif. — Many farmers probably haven’t read the new report from the United Nations warning of threats to the global food supply from climate change and land misuse. But we don’t need to read the science — we’re living it. Here in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, […]

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Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself. The report, prepared by more […]

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India Tempts Fate in Kashmir, ‘The Most Dangerous Place in the World’

The Indian government’s decision to revoke the semiautonomous status of Kashmir, accompanied by a huge security clampdown, is dangerous and wrong. Bloodshed is all but certain, and tension with Pakistan will soar. The Himalayan territory of Kashmir has long been the central source of friction between India and Pakistan and a hotbed of separatist aspirations. […]

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ISIS, Eyeing Europe, Could Launch Attacks This Year, U.N. Warns

GENEVA — Less than five months after the military defeat of the Islamic State in Syria, a United Nations report is warning that the group’s leaders could launch international terrorist attacks before the end of the year, including those intended to “exacerbate existing dissent and unrest” in European nations. In a bleak assessment of the […]

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Kelly Craft, Trump Nominee for U.N. Ambassador, Confirmed by Senate

Kelly Knight Craft, the United States ambassador to Canada, was confirmed on Wednesday to serve as the next ambassador to the United Nations. More than five months after President Trump announced Ms. Craft as his nominee for the post, the Senate approved the appointment in a 56-to-34 vote largely along party lines, with only five […]

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34 Afghan Civilians Killed as Bus Hits Roadside Bomb

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A civilian bus in western Afghanistan hit a roadside bomb early Wednesday, leaving at least 34 passengers dead and more than a dozen injured, Afghan officials said. The attack, in the Balaboluk district of restive Farah Province, was the latest involving mass civilian casualties in a spiraling war that the United Nations […]

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