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Uproar as Venezuela wins seat on UN rights council

US says result an 'embarrassment' for UN, but Maduro's government hails it as 'historic victory'.

Moreno agrees to swap fuel subsidy cut with policy to aid...

Deal between govt and indigenous leaders ends unrest, curfew in capital.

Yemen to be world’s poorest if war continues, says UN

Poverty has jumped from 47% in 2014 to a projected 75% by the end of this year.

Protest-hit Ecuador seeks foreign help, relocates government

President Moreno has declared a state of emergency after protests eruption.

Hong Kong must protect freedom of assembly, UN says

Group’s human rights spokeswoman insists use of firearms only acceptable as a ‘last resort’.

Australia rejects UN call to release Tamil family

Refused refugee status, parents and daughters have been held at detention facility.

Dr M flays UN’s lack of will on Rohingya crisis

Myanmar government also seems unaffected by international criticism, says Mahathir, and he recalls similar lack of action when Pol Pot's regime killed millions.

Modify veto power to prevent abuses, Dr M tells UN

The prime minister says the veto power of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council should not last forever.

China slams Trump ‘lies’ on Hong Kong, treatment of Muslims

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang believes 'US should meet China at halfway'.

Trump says no more tolerating China’s abuses

US president also monitoring how China handles crisis in Hong Kong.

Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk

United Nations warns children and babies born to mothers exposed to pollution during pregnancy are vulnerable to lifelong physical and cognitive damage.

Trump addresses UN in shadow of Iran crisis, domestic scandal

Trump may meet Iran's Hassan Rouhani at the UN Summit.

UN welcomes Huthi offer to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia

The Huthis are fighting against a Saudi-led coalition in a five-year war.

Mother or baby die in childbirth every 11 seconds, says UN

Maternal deaths nearly 50 times higher for women in sub-Saharan Africa, data shows.

North Korea tells UN to cut international aid staff

The move comes amid stalled talks between the United States and North Korea aimed at dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

Thunberg takes school strike to gates of United Nations

Greta Thunberg, leader of the Fridays for Future movement, is urging people to join her campaign when world leaders gather in New York next month.

UN warns of serious blowback from oceans in draft report

Even under optimistic scenarios in which warming is capped at two degrees Celsius, the Earth will likely see more than a 100-fold increase in damage.

Trump ‘not happy’ after N.Korea’s Kim oversees latest rocket test

North Korea's official news agency describes the weapon as a 'super-large multiple rocket launcher.'

Myanmar troops’ sexual violence against Rohingya show ‘genocidal intent’

The panel of independent investigators, set up by the UN Human Rights Council in 2017, accused Myanmar's government of failing to hold anyone accountable.

Sri Lanka says international criticism over new army chief ‘unwarranted’

A UN panel accuses Shavendra Silva's army division of suspected extrajudicial executions of unarmed rebels in the final week of Sri Lanka's 26-year-long war.

Rohingya youth share their stories on social media

30 kids selected and trained by the World Food Programme for its 'Storytellers' project share their experiences living in the world's largest refugee camp.

‘Save our oceans,’ Oscar winner Javier Bardem tells UN

Spanish actor Javier Bardem, a keen environmental activist, calls on countries to agree to a treaty that would protect at least 30% of the world's oceans by 2030.

End child marriage ‘hell’ for Indonesian girls, lawmaker urges

Indonesia reportedly has one of the worst records for under-age marriage – its high number of child brides puts it among the top 10 countries worldwide.

Bangladesh, UNHCR to survey Rohingya regarding return to Myanmar

Previous attempts at persuading Rohingya to return to Rakhine have failed due to opposition from refugees.