United Nations http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23194/all en UPDATE 2-US: Time not right for Google executive's North Korea trip http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/update-2-us-time-not-right-google-executives-north-korea-trip <p>* Schmidt a top figure in U.S. technology industry * Purpose of trip unclear, but visit seen as private * Washington, allies trying to intensify U.N. sanctions By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday the time was not right for Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former diplomat Bill Richardson to visit North Korea, which drew international criticism for a rocket launch last month.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/update-2-us-time-not-right-google-executives-north-korea-trip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bill Richardson Bill Richardson Department of State Diplomatic Relations Divided regions Eric Schmidt Eric Schmidt executive Google Inc Member states of the United Nations North Korea North Korea Person Career Person Location Person Travel Political geography Politics Private Quotation Republics South Korea Technology United Nations United Nations United States Victoria Nuland Thomson Reuters Fri, 04 Jan 2013 04:15:36 +0000 5731098 at http://www.globalpost.com Rwanda opposes use of drones by the UN in eastern Congo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/rwanda-opposes-use-drones-the-un-eastern-congo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* UN has called for use of drones in Congo for years</p> <p>* Rwanda, China and Russia uncomfortable with UN gathering intelligence</p> <p>By Louis Charbonneau</p> <p>UNITED NATIONS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Rwanda on Tuesday opposed the use of surveillance drones in eastern Congo as proposed by the United Nations until there is a full assessment of their use, saying it did not want Africa to become a laboratory for foreign intelligence devices.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/rwanda-opposes-use-drones-the-un-eastern-congo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Democratic Republic of the Congo Political geography United Nations United Nations War Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 01:45:03 +0000 5731937 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Rwanda opposes use of drones by the UN in eastern Congo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/update-1-rwanda-opposes-use-drones-the-un-eastern-congo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* UN has called for use of drones in Congo for years</p> <p>* Rwanda, China and Russia uncomfortable with UN gathering intelligence (Adds French comment, diplomats)</p> <p>By Louis Charbonneau</p> <p>UNITED NATIONS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Rwanda on Tuesday opposed the use of surveillance drones in eastern Congo as proposed by the United Nations until there is a full assessment of their use, saying it did not want Africa to become a laboratory for foreign intelligence devices.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/update-1-rwanda-opposes-use-drones-the-un-eastern-congo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Democratic Republic of the Congo Political geography United Nations United Nations War Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 05:15:40 +0000 5731965 at http://www.globalpost.com High gold price worsens global health damage from mercury -UN http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/high-gold-price-worsens-global-health-damage-mercury-un <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Mercury is used to separate gold from ore, spreads worldwide</p> <p>* 120 nations to meet in Geneva to work out anti-mercury treaty</p> <p>* Mercury can cause brain damage in children</p> <p>By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle</p> <p>OSLO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - High gold prices are driving up the use of toxic mercury in small-scale mining in developing nations, spreading a poison that can cause brain damage in children thousands of miles away, a U.N. study showed on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/high-gold-price-worsens-global-health-damage-mercury-un" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Disaster Health Occupational safety and health United Nations Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:01:24 +0000 5732657 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-War crimes prosecutor to investigate Mali conflict http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/update-1-war-crimes-prosecutor-investigate-mali-conflict <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Sara Webb</p> <p>AMSTERDAM, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said she had launched a formal investigation into suspected war crimes in Mali, following rebels' seizure of large tracts of the west African state.</p> <p>Long considered one of West Africa's most stable democracies, Mali descended into chaos in March when soldiers toppled the president, leaving a power vacuum that enabled Tuareg rebels to seize two-thirds of the territory.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/update-1-war-crimes-prosecutor-investigate-mali-conflict" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Fatou Bensouda Social Issues United Nations War Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:22:36 +0000 5735122 at http://www.globalpost.com War crimes prosecutor to investigate Mali conflict http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/war-crimes-prosecutor-investigate-mali-conflict <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>AMSTERDAM, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said on Wednesday she had launched a formal investigation into suspected war crimes in Mali, following rebels' seizure of large tracts of the west African state.</p> <p>"Since the beginning of the armed conflict in January 2012, the people of Northern Mali have been living in profound turmoil," Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/war-crimes-prosecutor-investigate-mali-conflict" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations United Nations Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:23:49 +0000 5735143 at http://www.globalpost.com EU to play active role in Mali crisis, foreign policy chief says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/eu-play-active-role-mali-crisis-foreign-policy-chief-says <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LIMA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The European Union will play an active role in trying to resolve the crisis in Mali, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Tuesday as France battles Islamist rebels in the north of the African country.</p> <p>France's intervention, which started more than a week ago, aims to prevent northern Mali from becoming a launch pad for international attacks by al Qaeda and its allies - like the deadly assault last week on an Algerian gas plant.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/eu-play-active-role-mali-crisis-foreign-policy-chief-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations Political philosophy Technology United Nations Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 23:30:11 +0000 5738066 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Russia urges N.Korea to abide by nuclear, missile rules http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-1-russia-urges-nkorea-abide-nuclear-missile-rules <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details, context)</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Russia urged North Korea on Wednesday to adhere to restrictions on its nuclear and missile programs, after the U.N. Security Council expanded existing sanctions against Pyongyang over a defiant rocket launch last month.</p> <p>Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's remarks added to pressure on Pyongyang to abide by Security Council resolutions which banned Pyongyang from conducting further ballistic missile and nuclear tests.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-1-russia-urges-nkorea-abide-nuclear-missile-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations Nuclear program of North Korea United Nations Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:00:20 +0000 5738224 at http://www.globalpost.com UN Security Council allows drones for eastern Congo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/un-security-council-allows-drones-eastern-congo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* UN peacekeepers plan to use three drones on Congo border</p> <p>* Rwanda denies UN accusations it supports Congo rebels</p> <p>* UN Security Council says drones in Congo will be a trial</p> <p>By Michelle Nichols</p> <p>UNITED NATIONS, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council has given a green light for peacekeepers to use surveillance drones in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after weeks of delay over concerns of Russia, China and Rwanda about the use of aerial spy equipment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/un-security-council-allows-drones-eastern-congo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Democratic Republic of the Congo Peacekeeping United Nations War Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:15:58 +0000 5738929 at http://www.globalpost.com REUTERS WORLD NEWS OUTLOOK http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/reuters-world-news-outlook <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following are some of the main world news events expected in the next week (all times GMT). Asterisks denote new listings.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p>FRIDAY, JANUARY 25</p> <p>CZECH REPUBLIC - Second round of presidential election (to Jan. 26). ** SANTIAGO - French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault meets Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (2100).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/reuters-world-news-outlook" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Diplomacy International relations Technology United Nations Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:15:03 +0000 5739238 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Appalling' conditions for Darfur displaced: UN http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/appalling-conditions-darfur-displaced-un <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Animal carcasses are rotting and tens of thousands of people have sought shelter in schools and government offices in Sudan's Darfur region after violence this month, the UN said on Thursday.</p> <p>About 100,000 people are newly estimated to have been displaced or severely affected across a wide area of the Jebel Amir district of North Darfur state, the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) said in its weekly bulletin.</p> <p>"Many of these people are living in the open in appalling conditions," OCHA said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/appalling-conditions-darfur-displaced-un" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Darfur conflict United Nations AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:45:55 +0000 5741981 at http://www.globalpost.com DR Congo rebels dismiss 'biased' UN rights report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/dr-congo-rebels-dismiss-biased-un-rights-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The rebel force active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has dismissed as "cruelly biased" a UN report that denounced a poor human rights record and led to UN sanctions against the group.</p> <p>The Movement of March 23 (M23) rebels have been fighting the army since May in the fertile but highly unstable North Kivu province. A UN report published late last year accused the rebels of serious atrocities such as rape, murder and forced recruitment.</p> <p>The UN experts also accused Rwanda and Uganda of backing M23, an allegation that the neighbouring countries deny.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/dr-congo-rebels-dismiss-biased-un-rights-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Rights Watch Structure United Nations United Nations AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 01:00:03 +0000 5742400 at http://www.globalpost.com Algeria ruling party leader relieved of duties http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/algeria-ruling-party-leader-relieved-duties <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The central committee of Algeria's ruling party relieved its chief Abdelaziz Belkhadem of his duties on Thursday, an AFP journalist reported.</p> <p>Members of the National Liberation Front held a vote of confidence amid their biggest internal crisis in a decade, with 160 voting in favour of and 156 against the resignation of the secretary general, and seven spoilt ballot papers.</p> <p>Belkhadem admitted defeat, saying "I have triumphed because my party has triumphed. I quit with my head held high and hope that whoever succeeds me will do better."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/algeria-ruling-party-leader-relieved-duties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Abdelaziz Belkhadem Politics Politics of Algeria United Nations AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 01:00:37 +0000 5742406 at http://www.globalpost.com Bangladesh gives up on World Bank for scandal-hit bridge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/bangladesh-gives-up-on-world-bank-for-scandal-hit-bridge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bangladesh's government has withdrawn its request for World Bank financing for a high-profile bridge project that has been dogged by allegations of corruption, the bank said Friday.</p> <p>The Washington-based lender cancelled a $1.2 billion loan to Bangladesh in June due to claims of graft involving senior public officials related to the financing of the $3-billion Padma bridge project.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/bangladesh-gives-up-on-world-bank-for-scandal-hit-bridge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bridges International development Technology United Nations World Bank AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 08:45:15 +0000 5742668 at http://www.globalpost.com Bangladesh scraps World Bank cash for graft-hit bridge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/bangladesh-scraps-world-bank-cash-graft-hit-bridge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bangladesh's government has withdrawn its request for World Bank financing for a high-profile bridge project that has been dogged by allegations of corruption, the bank said Friday.</p> <p>The Washington-based lender cancelled a $1.2 billion loan to Bangladesh in June due to claims of graft involving senior public officials related to the financing of the $3-billion Padma bridge project.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/bangladesh-scraps-world-bank-cash-graft-hit-bridge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bridges International development Technology United Nations World Bank AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:46:03 +0000 5742856 at http://www.globalpost.com