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50,000 children facing death in war-torn South Sudan: UN

More than 50,000 children in South Sudan face death from disease and hunger, the United Nations warned Saturday as it begged for over a billion dollars to support those hit by six months of civil war. War in the young nation has already killed thousands……

Iowa Republican vows to overturn phony UN Agenda 21 plot to take away private property

An Iowa Republican lawmaker running for the U.S. Senate vowed in a recently posted video she would overturn United Nations plans to strip private property rights to promote environmental protection laws. “The United Nations has imposed this upon us, and as a U.S. Senator, I would say no more,” said…

Torture spreading as its use is ‘normalized’ by TV shows like ’24,’ says Amnesty International

Torture is rampant across the world and has become almost normalized by the “war on terror” and its glamorous portrayal in shows such as “24″ and “Homeland,” Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The London-based human rights group is launching a new campaign aimed at ending torture, which it says remains…

PLO to pursue membership in United Nations’ organizations

The PLO’s central council on Sunday adopted a plan to pursue attempts to join 60 United Nations bodies and international agreements, according to a statement from the governing body of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The council, under the auspices of president Mahmud Abbas, “affirms the need for the Palestinian leadership…

U.N. envoy leaves Crimea after being harassed by pro-Russian gunmen and protesters

United Nations special envoy to Crimea Robert Serry cut short his mission to the disputed region Wednesday after he was threatened by unidentified pro-Russian gunmen and later heckled by protesters, officials said. Serry, who had been sent to the tense Black Sea peninsula by U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, was confronted…

Syria on track to miss deadline for destroying its chemical weapons

By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Syria has relinquished only 11 percent of its chemical weapons in three shipments and is on track to miss a politically-loaded midyear deadline to completely destroy the toxic stockpile, sources told Reuters on Friday. Syria should already have handed over the 1,300 tonnes of…

Bodies litter liberated South Sudanese town

In the shade of a tree close to the slow waters of the White Nile river, a body killed during the fighting over South Sudan’s town of Bor gathers flies. On the bumpy road towards the heavily fortified compound of the United Nations peacekeepers, another body of man lies beside…

Canada’s prime minister wants to claim the North Pole

Canada’s prime minister has ordered the inclusion of the North Pole in the country’s Arctic claim after it was excluded from a proposed UN submission, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Canada will still meet a December 6 deadline for filing an application to the United Nations to extend its northern sea…

Will the United Nations protect us from an asteroid?

Will the United Nations protect us from an asteroid? (via The Christian Science Monitor) At the moment, Earth has no coordinated, international plan for how to respond to an impending asteroid strike. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/AP) Earth is not alone. It has lots, and lots, of asteroids for companionship – companions that, should…

United Nations covers up nude male sculpture to appease Iranian diplomats

A relief carving of a naked man at the UN’s Geneva headquarters was covered up on Monday, apparently to spare the blushes of Iranian diplomats ahead of fresh talks on the country’s nuclear drive. UN officials would not comment on why the wall relief, inspired by Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”,…

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