08 Mar 2019

U.S. urges U.N. to restore tough missile restrictions on Iran after tests

The United States on Thursday said that Iran has violated a 2015 United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution by attempting to launch two satellites and carrying out a ballistic missile test since December of last year. The US government called on the UNSC to “bring back tougher international restrictions” on

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05 Mar 2019

Pakistan makes it easier to go after assets of U.N.-sanctioned militants

Pakistan on Monday announced that it has updated its approach to militant groups so that it will be easier for the government to implement sanctions imposed on individuals and groups by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The government also said that it is working to close “loopholes” to make

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01 Mar 2019

UN Aviation Agency Concealed Serious Hack: Media

According to Radio-Canada, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which is part of the United Nations (UN), experienced the the “most serious cyberattack in its history” in November of 2016, but then kept quiet about it for months. As a result of the severely flawed way in which the ICAO

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25 Feb 2019

Afghanistan’s war killed a record number of civilians in 2018

A new report by the United Nations (UN) shows that 3,804 civilians were killed in Afghanistan’s war last year, the highest number since the UN began keeping track in 2009. Previously, the highest civilian death toll had been recorded in 2014, the year in which the United States started to

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22 Feb 2019

North Korea warns of food crisis, slashes rations before next leaders’ summit

With only days to go until the US-North Korea nuclear summit, Pyongyang has released an official memo in which it urges international organizations to help the country address massive food shortages that have forced the regime to cut its food rations almost in half. North Korea blames the food crisis on United

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20 Feb 2019

Pulwama attack: UN chief urges India, Pakistan to defuse tensions

The United Nations Secretary-General is calling on India and Pakistan to “exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps” to de-escalate tensions between the two countries that have risen in the wake of a recent suicide attack in Kashmir, in which 42 members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force were killed. The attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed

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03 Jan 2019

Somalia orders top U.N. official to leave

Somalia has declared the top UN official in the country a persona non grata after his publication of a letter questioning the involvement of U.N.-funded Somali security forces in the arrest of an election candidate who had previously defected from al-Shabaab in 2017. The arrest led to a local uproar

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10 Dec 2018

Nikki Haley used Donald Trump’s harsh North Korea rhetoric as leverage

The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley recently shared remarks on her ability to use President Trump’s aggressive and unpredictable rhetoric as a beneficial bargaining tool with world leaders. The ambassador claimed that her hand was strengthened through the uncertainty of world leaders during the high point of tensions

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18 Oct 2018

How Russia moved into Central Africa

“When Central African Republic (CAR) pleaded for help last year to fight marauding militias, former colonial ruler France offered guns it had seized off Somalia. But Russia objected and donated its own weapons instead. By early February, Russia had sent nine planes with weapons along with dozens of contractors to

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15 Oct 2018

How is the UN funded? A simple explanation of a complex system

The US provides a significant portion of all UN funding, around 22% of the general budget and 28% of its peacekeeping budget. For decades, these contributions have been a source of both national and international conflict as actors argue about how this spending should be reflected in terms of influence

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