UN Secretary-General António Guterres is attempting to persuade the European Union to lift sanctions on the Belarusian fertilizer industry but is making little progress, according to Politico. The UN believes removing the export restrictions will help get more agricultural products to Africa. However, the EU claims the sanctions are key to applying pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
43,000 Somalis Starved to Death in 2022: UN
The United Nations estimates that 43,000 Somalis starved to death last year. At least half of those who died are said to have been children less than five years old. The Horn of Africa nation is suffering from a drought as well as a US military campaign targeting the...
Massive US, South Korean War Games Set to Inflame Tensions with North Korea
Washington and Seoul announced their largest war games in five years. Last month, North Korea warned the US and South Korea that Pyongyang would take “unprecedentedly persistent and strong counteractions.”
US Hopes to Find Third Country to Lead UN Mission to Haiti
Officials in Washington say the United States has not abandoned its effort to find a country to lead a United Nations rapid response force to quell unrest in Haiti. The White House has proposed a multilateral security deployment to the Caribbean nation, with the State Department saying it expects to have a country prepared to lead the mission by early November.
Palestinian President Rules Out US As Sole Mediator, Open to Russia Filling Role
In a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he did not trust Washington to play a leading role in helping to resolve the Israeli occupation. Abbas instead voiced support for Moscow, declaring that “Russia stands for justice.”
UN Rejects Russia’s Annexation of Ukrainian Territories
The United Nations has voted to condemn Russia’s annexation of four regions in eastern Ukraine, denouncing the move as an illegal land grab while questioning the results of referendums held in those territories last month.
Americans Want to End Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, Split on Israel
A new poll shows nearly 70% of Americans want to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia and only a slight majority support selling arms to Israel. “When survey takers were asked if the United States should continue its sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, more than two-thirds...
Dozens Of Aid Groups Urge Yemen Ceasefire Extension
AFP: More than 40 humanitarian groups on Thursday called for an extension to the ceasefire in war-torn Yemen, calling it a "critical moment" for the country. Ahead of the truce's current expiration date on Sunday, 44 aid agencies issued a joint statement to "remind...
White House Approves Over $1 Billion in Military Aid to Egypt Despite Human Rights Abuses
The White House on Wednesday announced it would send over $1 billion in security assistance to Egypt. The Joe Biden administration approved the aid as several top Democratic lawmakers pushed to reduce security assistance for Egypt by $300 million. While Egyptian...
UN Seeks to Expand Grain Export Agreement to Include Russian Ammonia
The United Nations is pushing to include a key product in fertilizer within the deal that allows Moscow and Kiev to export grain through Ukrainian ports. A Western diplomat said expanding the grain agreement to include Ammonia from Russia could stabilize the grain...
UN Accuses China of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Xinjiang
The United Nations’ human rights body has accused the Chinese government of major abuses against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province, issuing a new report alleging arbitrary detentions, forced labor and even torture. Beijing immediately denied the charges.
Dennis Rodman: I’m Going to Russia to ‘Help That Girl’
In an interview with NBC News, former NBA champion Dennis Rodman says he got “permission” to travel to Russia to seek the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner. Rodman previously used his relationship with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un to help secure the...
Biden Steps Up Somalia Strikes After Redeploying Troops
American airstrikes in Somalia are on the rise in recent months, with US Africa Command (AFRICOM) conducting a flurry of operations against al-Shabaab militants since President Joe Biden reversed a full troop withdrawal ordered by his predecessor.
New Report Details Massive Sexual Abuse in the Congo By UN Peacekeepers
An investigation into the actions of United Nations Peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo shines a light on years of rampant misconduct that has left thousands of broken lives. Victims of Peacekeepers say they were impregnated as children, left without...
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