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U.N. chief appeals for release of money to save Afghan lives

Jan 13 2022

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed on Thursday for a suspension of rules preventing the use of money in Afghanistan to save lives and the economy and for a path to the conditional release of frozen Afghan foreign currency reserves.

U.S. pushing for more U.N. sanctions on North Korea over missiles

Jan 12 2022

UNITED NATIONS The United States is pushing the United Nations Security Council to impose more sanctions on North Korea following a series of North Korean missile launches, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said on Wednesday.

Norway urges World Bank's Afghanistan donors to channel funds to U.N.

Dec 06 2021

UNITED NATIONS Norway is encouraging donors to a World Bank-administered fund for Afghanistan to agree to transfer $280 million to the World Food Programme and UNICEF, Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said on Monday.

U.N. chief names U.S. diplomat to run Libya mediation

Dec 06 2021

UNITED NATIONS U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday appointed U.S. diplomat Stephanie Williams to lead mediation efforts in Libya after his special envoy quit just weeks ahead of planned elections in the war-torn country.

U.N. approves decision that keeps Taliban, Myanmar junta out for now

Dec 06 2021

UNITED NATIONS The U.N. General Assembly on Monday backed postponing a decision on rival credential claims for the seats of Afghanistan and Myanmar, which means the Taliban and Myanmar junta will not be allowed into the 193-member world body for now.

U.N. committee agrees Taliban, Myanmar junta not allowed in U.N. for now

Dec 01 2021

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -A U.N. committee on Wednesday deferred a decision on who will represent Afghanistan and Myanmar at the United Nations, said the panel's chair, meaning the Afghan Taliban and Myanmar junta will not be allowed into the world body for now.

REFILE-UPDATE 1-U.N. chief slams COVID-19 'travel apartheid' as unacceptable

Dec 01 2021

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 1 United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that travel restrictions imposed over COVID-19 that isolate any one country or region as "not only deeply unfair and punitive - they are ineffective."

U.N. pushes cash handouts to avert mass poverty in Afghanistan

Dec 01 2021

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations said on Wednesday that a program to pay $300 million a year in cash to Afghan families with children, elderly or people with disabilities is the best way to target increasing poverty.

U.N. chief concerned about southern Africa isolation over Omicron

Nov 29 2021

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday he was deeply concerned about the isolation of southern African countries after COVID-19 travel restrictions were imposed by several countries over the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.

U.N. warns not holding Libya elections could fuel further conflict

Nov 24 2021

UNITED NATIONS Outgoing United Nations Libya mediator Jan Kubis warned on Wednesday that not holding planned elections in the country could "greatly deteriorate" the situation and lead to further division and conflict.

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