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Nov 21, 2014

United Nations members resolve to end child marriage

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations agreed on Friday that all members should pass and enforce laws banning child marriages, resolving to end a practice that affects about 15 million girls every year.

The committee of the 193-nation General Assembly that deals with human rights adopted by consensus a resolution urging all states to take steps to end “child, early and forced marriage.”

Nov 18, 2014

U.N. panel calls for North Korea referral to international court

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly committee dealing with human rights passed a resolution on Tuesday calling for the U.N. Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity.

The non-binding resolution passed by the U.N. Third Committee linked the alleged abuses to the policies of North Korea’s top leadership and called on the Security Council to consider targeted sanctions against those responsible for such crimes.

Oct 28, 2014

For 23rd time, U.N. nations urge end to U.S. embargo on Cuba

UNITED NATION (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly for the 23rd time to condemn the decades-long U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, with many nations praising the island state for its response in fighting the deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa.

In the 193-nation assembly, 188 countries voted for the nonbinding resolution, titled “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

Oct 23, 2014

At U.N., China asked to back rights case against North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The chief U.N. investigator into human rights cases in North Korea said on Wednesday he has appealed to China to support calls to refer Pyongyang’s actions to The Hague on suspicion of crimes against humanity.

Western diplomats say China, North Korea’s principal protector on the U.N. Security Council, will likely use its veto power there to knock down any attempt to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court.

Oct 22, 2014

At U.N., China asked to back human rights case against North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The chief U.N. investigator into human rights cases in North Korea said on Wednesday he has appealed to China to support calls to refer Pyongyang’s actions to The Hague on suspicion of crimes against humanity.

Western diplomats say China, North Korea’s principal protector on the U.N. Security Council, will likely use its veto power there to knock down any attempt to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court.

Oct 21, 2014

U.N. condemns top human rights official’s expulsion from Congo

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned the expulsion of the top U.N. human rights official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and called on the U.N. Security Council to consider possible action.

The U.N. chief also expressed deep concern over recent threats against other staff at the U.N human rights office in the Congo.

Sep 25, 2014

Michelle Obama urges leaders to show courage in fight for education

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. first lady Michelle Obama urged international leaders to show the courage and commitment of girls who make sacrifices to go to school – like the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls – to provide children around the world the quality education they deserve.

Obama gave the keynote speech at an event dedicated to fighting a global learning crisis and held on the sidelines of the United Nations’ General Assembly.

Aug 6, 2014

South Sudan humanitarian aid operations are world’s largest: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The scale of humanitarian operations in South Sudan is now the largest in any single country and the world’s youngest nation is on the brink of catastrophe as a famine looms, the U.N. deputy peacekeeping chief said on Wednesday.

Ahead of a visit by U.N. Security Council ambassadors to Africa next week, Edmond Mulet told the 15-member council the dire situation could spark security concerns “as communities begin to compete for diminishing resources.”

Aug 1, 2014

North Korea accuses U.N. Security Council of double standards

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea accused the United Nations Security Council on Friday of double standards by condemning Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missiles launches while ignoring “provocative” joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.

The normally reclusive state held its fourth news conference at the United Nations this year to push for an emergency Security Council meeting on the military exercises, which Pyongyang routinely denounces as preparation for war.

Jul 24, 2014

Malaria is the leading killer in Central African Republic: aid group

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – As a recent ceasefire deal boosts prospects for peace in Central African Republic, a key medical aid group warned on Thursday that malaria was the leading killer in the impoverished landlocked country.

Malaria, a life-threatening disease transmitted to people via mosquitoes, kills more than half million people a year, mainly infants in the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa.