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United Nations: Intergovernmental organization
The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization that was tasked to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international co-operation and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. The headquarters of the UN is in Manhattan, New York City, and is subject to extraterritoriality. Further main offices are situated in Geneva, Nairobi, Vienna and The Hague. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, protecting human rights, delivering humanitarian aid, promoting sustainable development and upholding international law. The UN is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world. In 24 October 1945, at the end of World War II, the organization was established with the aim of preventing future wars. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. The UN is the successor of the ineffective League of Nations.

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U.S., Russia say cannot support a U.N. call for Libya truce: diplomats

The United States and Russia both said on Thursday they could not support a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Libya at this time, diplomats said, as mortar bombs..
Reuters - Published

U.N. envoy sees troop withdrawal in Yemen's Hodeidah within weeks

Yemen's warring parties could start withdrawing forces from the main port city of Hodeidah within weeks, a move needed to pave the way for political negotiations to end the four-year war, the U.N...
Reuters - Published

Videos for United Nations

Trump Praises Libyan General As His Troops March On Tripoli [Video]Trump Praises Libyan General As His Troops March On Tripoli

According to CNN, President Donald Trump spoke with Libyan general Khalifa Haftar on Monday, praising his role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya's vast oil resources. The talks came even after..

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UN condemns latest attack on Libya’s Tripoli, mulls ceasefire [Video]UN condemns latest attack on Libya’s Tripoli, mulls ceasefire

Indiscriminate rocket fire in high-density neighbourhood could constitute war crime, UN says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:17Published

Venezuela Gets First Delivery of Red Cross Humanitarian Aid [Video]Venezuela Gets First Delivery of Red Cross Humanitarian Aid

President Nicolás Maduro said he'd reached a deal with the Red Cross for "international assistance and support."

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:03Published

Shells hit Tripoli as Haftar's two-week siege rages [Video]Shells hit Tripoli as Haftar's two-week siege rages

Artillery slammed into a Tripoli suburb overnight, piling on the suffering to civilians from a two-week assault by commander Khalifa Haftar's forces to take Libya's capital from an..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

UN Security Council Resolution Calls for Cease-fire in Libya [Video]UN Security Council Resolution Calls for Cease-fire in Libya

Violence in Libya increased earlier this month when Gen. Khalifa Haftar's armed forces started trying to take control of the county's capital.

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Battle for Tripoli rages on south of the city [Video]Battle for Tripoli rages on south of the city

Fighters from the U.N.-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) engaged in an escalating battle at the frontlines in the southern town of Ain Sara, as the conflict over the capital against..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:39Published

Sudan's protests claim more top-level scalps [Video]Sudan's protests claim more top-level scalps

Sudan has its third leader in as many days. Military interim leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman has promised protesters they'll soon have a civilian government after three decades of autocratic..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:10Published

France must do more for its homeless, says UN housing expert [Video]France must do more for its homeless, says UN housing expert

Laws meant to protect the most vulnerable people in France have failed, says the UN's special rapporteur on housing.

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UN Says France Needs To Act On Its 'Homelessness Crisis' [Video]UN Says France Needs To Act On Its 'Homelessness Crisis'

​The UN's special rapporteur on adequate housing said the country ​"[faces] a number of serious housing-related human rights concerns."

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Trump Says Ivanka Qualified For High-Level Positions Because She's 'Very Good With Numbers' [Video]Trump Says Ivanka Qualified For High-Level Positions Because She's 'Very Good With Numbers'

President Donald Trump recently told The Atlantic he considered his daughter Ivanka for high-level positions at the United Nations and the World Bank because she's "very good with numbers." In January,..

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Refugees in Jordan are buying groceries with eye scans [Video]Refugees in Jordan are buying groceries with eye scans

Across Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, blockchain technology is helping the United Nations cut costs and combat corruption.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:32Published

Military Coup Forces Sudan President Out [Video]Military Coup Forces Sudan President Out

Bashir reigned for nearly 30 years.

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Edward Snowden Rips Julian Assange Arrest [Video]Edward Snowden Rips Julian Assange Arrest

Edward Snowden speaks via video link as he takes part in a round table on the protection of whistleblowers at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler MOSCOW..

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VP Mike Pence Urges UN to Back Guaidó as Venezuela's Leader [Video]VP Mike Pence Urges UN to Back Guaidó as Venezuela's Leader

At a U.N. Security Council meeting, Pence called Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro a "dictator with no legitimate claim to power."

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:40Published

Will Mexico's UN-backed fight against crime worsen crisis? [Video]Will Mexico's UN-backed fight against crime worsen crisis?

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed a deal aimed at reducing violations, including torture and extrajudicial killings.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published

Civilian casualties rise as fighting intensifies in Syria’s Idlib [Video]Civilian casualties rise as fighting intensifies in Syria’s Idlib

Dire warnings from the UN about what's happening in Syria's last rebel-held province.

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Refugees and civilians caught in Libya's crossfire [Video]Refugees and civilians caught in Libya's crossfire

Casualties are mounting in the battle for Libya's capital Tripoli, with thousands fleeing their homes and the UN's refugee agency forced to relocate refugees from a detention camp. David Doyle reports.

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Iran Names New UN Ambassador [Video]Iran Names New UN Ambassador

Reuters reports Iran has appointed career diplomat and former nuclear negotiator Majid Takht Ravanchi as its envoy to the United Nations as it tries to salvage a nuclear deal with world powers despite..

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Tripoli's only functional airport hit by air raid as clashes rage [Video]Tripoli's only functional airport hit by air raid as clashes rage

Mitiga airport's services suspended as death toll rises amid battles between forces loyal to Haftar and UN-backed gov't.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:50Published

Battle for Tripoli threatens hopes of Libyan peace [Video]Battle for Tripoli threatens hopes of Libyan peace

Deaths and displacements mount as forces loyal to a Gaddafi-era officer try to advance on Libya's capital Tripoli. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:56Published

Military assault on Tripoli is Military assault on Tripoli is "in public's interest', says Libyan rebel group

"European countries fear for civilians' safety but I can assure that our first concern is the civilians," a spokesman for the Libyan National Army told Euronews after the rebel group launched a..

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2,200 People Flee Fighting In Libya [Video]2,200 People Flee Fighting In Libya

GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 2,200 people have fled from fighting south of the Libyan capital Tripoli since April 4, the United Nations humanitarian office said in a report on Monday, and many civilians..

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U.N. Calls For Libya Truce For Evacuations [Video]U.N. Calls For Libya Truce For Evacuations

Reuters reports The U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, Maria Ribeiro, called on Libya’s rival forces on Monday to observe a temporary truce to allow the evacuation of civilians and wounded from..

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UN truce call fails to calm Libya fighting [Video]UN truce call fails to calm Libya fighting

Thousands of civilians fled Sunday's fighting in Tripoli, as air raids were launched by both the UN-backed government troops and renegade General Khalifa Haftar's forces.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:07Published

US Pulls Forces Out of Libya Amid 'Increased Unrest' [Video]US Pulls Forces Out of Libya Amid 'Increased Unrest'

U.S. Africa Command announced it's temporarily pulling a contingent of forces from Libya while it continues to keep an eye on the situation.

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U.N. urges resolving fate of 2,500 foreign children at Syria camp

A senior United Nations relief official called on governments on Thursday to help resolve the fate of 2,500 foreign children being held among 75,000 people at al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria after..
Reuters - Published

Bahrain mass trial raises deep concern: U.N. rights chief

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Thursday she was concerned that a Bahrain mass trial that revoked the nationality of 138 people this week had not met international fair..
Reuters - Published

U.N. highlights torture in Afghan jails but says progress is being made

Afghan security forces have inflicted less torture and mistreatment of prisoners detained in conflict in recent years but "horrendous" practices persist despite new laws, the United Nations said on..
Reuters - Published

U.N. Libya envoy says Haftar made coup attempt with advance on Tripoli

Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar tried to stage a coup by issuing an arrest warrant for Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame said on Monday with Libya's top rivals locked in..
Reuters - Published

Britain urges 'stronger measures' at U.N. if no progress on Yemen's Hodeidah deal

The United Nations' Security Council should consider "stronger measures" if there was no progress in the coming weeks on a deal between Yemen's warring parties on a key port, Britain said on Monday, as..
Reuters - Published

Russia to send soldiers to Central African Republic as part of U.N. force: decree

Russia will send up to 30 military personnel to Central African Republic as part of a U.N mission to help stabilize the country, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Millions of school books destroyed during fighting in Tripoli

More than 3 million books were destroyed when rockets hit ministry of education buildings during fighting between rival government forces over the Libyan capital Tripoli, officials and the United..
Reuters - Published

Colombia gets $31.5 million grant to aid Venezuelan migrants

A refugee fund set up by the World Bank, the United Nations and the Islamic Development Bank on Friday approved a $31.5 million grant for Colombia to aid Venezuelan migrants and refugees.
Reuters - Published

UN calls for fair trial for Assange

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to be given a fair trial following his arrest in London. (April 12)
USATODAY.com - Published

France guilty of abusing rights of homeless people: U.N. rapporteur

France is guilty of human rights abuses of homeless people and laws guaranteeing a home for all fail to protect the most vulnerable, a U.N. Special Rapporteur said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

U.N. rights office says Assange must get fair trial

The United Nations human rights office on Friday urged judicial authorities to ensure that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, currently in British custody and the subject of an extradition request from..
Reuters - Published

U.N. rights office urges Sudan to cooperate with ICC on Bashir case

The United Nations human rights office called on Sudan on Friday to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC), which issued an arrest warrant for deposed President Omar al-Bashir for..
Reuters - Published

Sudan should free protestors, investigate use of force: U.N.'s Bachelet

Sudanese authorities should release people held for peacefully protesting and investigate the use of force against demonstrations since December, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a..
Reuters - Published

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