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United Nations: Intergovernmental organization
The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization responsible for maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international cooperation, and being a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. It is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world. The UN is headquartered on international territory in New York City; other main offices are in Geneva, Nairobi, Vienna and The Hague.

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U.N. rights office urges Egypt to free blogger, lawyer, journalist

The U.N. human rights office called on Egypt on Friday to free a prominent blogger, lawyer and journalist allegedly mistreated in custody who are among several thousand people detained since street..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Wheeler dealers: how to make money from scrap tires

International trade in waste tires has almost doubled in the past five years, according to data provided by customs departments to the United Nations, generating millions of dollars in business across..
Reuters - Published

Videos for United Nations

U.N. urges Turkey to investigate Syria executions [Video]U.N. urges Turkey to investigate Syria executions

Turkey could be deemed responsible for summary executions by an affiliated armed group of captured Kurdish fighters and a politician, acts that may amount to war crimes, the United Nations said on..

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Analysis: Will the UN accuse Turkey of possible war crimes? [Video]Analysis: Will the UN accuse Turkey of possible war crimes?

The UN is gathering information about footage which appears to show atrocities carried out against the Kurds.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 10:03Published

Protesters slam deepening Turkish offensive in Syria [Video]Protesters slam deepening Turkish offensive in Syria

An estimated 100,000 people have fled their homes in northeast Syria, the United Nations said, as Turkey pressed on with its offensive against Kurdish fighters despite growing international criticism..

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:53Published

The human cost of Turkey's military action in Syria [Video]The human cost of Turkey's military action in Syria

The United Nations and aid agencies operating in Syria say thousands of people are fleeing the fighting as Turkey's military campaign continues.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:45Published

Syria offensive: United Nations to discuss Turkey's action [Video]Syria offensive: United Nations to discuss Turkey's action

Many have been questioning whether US President Donald Trump effectively gave a green light to Turkey, ahead of its military operation.

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'Her passion seemed very metal' [Video]'Her passion seemed very metal'

NYC musician John Mollusk remixes Greta Thunberg's U.N. speech into a death metal tribute. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg visits Standing Rock [Video]Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg visits Standing Rock

Weeks after her tearful plea at the U.N., Greta Thunberg was embraced by Native American environmental activists at Standing Rock

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Ecuador protests push government out of capital [Video]Ecuador protests push government out of capital

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno on Tuesday ordered a curfew around government buildings after six days of violent anti-austerity protests that have pushed his administration out of the capital Quito...

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Greta Thunberg leads South Dakota climate rally [Video]Greta Thunberg leads South Dakota climate rally

Greta Thunberg leads march in Rapid City, South Dakota. It is one of many rallies against climate change across the world organized for the next two weeks. Sareena Dayaram reports.

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Kosovo voters focus on tackling corruption and Serbia peace deal in election [Video]Kosovo voters focus on tackling corruption and Serbia peace deal in election

Voting centres opened in Kosovo on Sunday for national elections where the main issues for the country's 1.9 million eligible voters are tackling corruption and a peace deal with Serbia which would..

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Greta Thunberg takes swipe at world leaders in Iowa [Video]Greta Thunberg takes swipe at world leaders in Iowa

Hundreds of people gathered in Iowa City on Friday to watch Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg speak at a rally to demand that political leaders and institutions take urgent action to combat..

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Putin criticizes Thunberg's UN speech [Video]Putin criticizes Thunberg's UN speech

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday took aim at teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, telling an energy forum he did not share the excitement about her United Nations speech last month...

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Khashoggi's fiancee awaits answers a year on [Video]Khashoggi's fiancee awaits answers a year on

At a memorial marking a year since journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder shocked the world, his fiancee, Cengiz Hatice, still has more questions than answers. Lucy Fielder reports.

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UNHCR in Libya Part 2: Migrants in detention centres: 'Why does UNHCR want to keep us in prison?' [Video]UNHCR in Libya Part 2: Migrants in detention centres: 'Why does UNHCR want to keep us in prison?'

The UN agency has been accused of being a “fig leaf” for the policy of externalisation of EU borders; critics argue that UNHCR action is Libya is uneffective. We asked migrants held in detention..

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Yemen's Houthis unilaterally release hundreds of detainees [Video]Yemen's Houthis unilaterally release hundreds of detainees

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group on Monday released hundreds of Yemeni prisoners in a unilateral move the United Nations hoped would help revive a stalled peace process. Ciara Lee reports

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UN special envoy on Syria war: 'Change is possible' [Video]UN special envoy on Syria war: 'Change is possible'

Al Jazeera's James Bays spoke with UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen.

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UN envoy: Zimbabwe's economic, political situation deteriorating [Video]UN envoy: Zimbabwe's economic, political situation deteriorating

Officials warns of 'fear, frustration and anxiety among a large number of Zimbabweans'.

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Thunberg: 'If they had done their job, we wouldn't need to worry.' [Video]Thunberg: 'If they had done their job, we wouldn't need to worry.'

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg spearheaded a climate change strike on Friday in Montreal where U.N. aviation leaders are gathering to debate plane emission targets, as protesters around the world join..

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Trump Says He Never Agreed To What Iran's President Is Claiming [Video]Trump Says He Never Agreed To What Iran's President Is Claiming

Donald Trump has denied that the U.S. had offered to lift sanctions on Iran, reports Politico.com. This was in reference to clearing the way for a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani at the UN. Trump..

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Children around the word join climate strike [Video]Children around the word join climate strike

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg spearheaded a climate change strike on Friday in Montreal where U.N. aviation leaders are gathering to debate plane emission targets, as protesters around the world join..

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China says ready to buy more U.S. goods [Video]China says ready to buy more U.S. goods

China's top diplomat Wang Yi on Thursday urged a show of goodwill ahead of trade talks with the U.S. next month. He said China, for its part, was willing to step up purchases of American products. Eve..

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UN condemns Saudi air attacks on Yemen [Video]UN condemns Saudi air attacks on Yemen

The air raids targeted Qataba town in Dhale province in southern Yemen, killing 17 people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:33Published

 

Amid cash crisis, United Nations likely to be able to pay staff in November

The United Nations has received enough partial payments from some countries to be able to pay its staff next month, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres..
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U.N. chief welcomes Turkey pause in Syria assault, 'still long way to go' to end Syria crisis

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed "any efforts" to de-escalate the situation in northern Syria and protect civilians, a U.N. spokesman said in a statement on Thursday after..
Reuters - Published

Desperate African refugees pay to get into Libyan jails: UNHCR

African refugees in Libya are so desperate that some are bribing their way into detention centers in the hope of eventually being resettled out of the war-torn, lawless country, the United Nations said..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan suffers record 4,300 civilian casualties in three months: U.N.

A record 4,313 civilians were injured or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Islamist Taliban between July and September, the United Nations said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Council of Europe, U.N. agency urges Bosnia to move migrants camp

The U.N. migration agency and the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner urged Bosnia on Thursday to relocate an overcrowded migrant camp, warning of a humanitarian risk because of "deplorable"..
Reuters - Published

Russia: Turkey said it will respect territorial integrity of Syria: TASS

Turkey has told Russia that it will respect the territorial integrity of Syria, Russian U.N. Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia said on Wednesday, the TASS news agency reported.
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UN Syria envoy calls for ceasefire in northeast border area

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria called on Wednesday for an immediate end to hostilities along its border with Turkey, where Ankara has launched an assault and Damascus advanced its forces..
Reuters - Published

U.N. envoy meets with Syrian foreign minister in Damascus

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen held talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem in Damascus on Wednesday, his spokeswoman said.
Reuters - Published

No longer the host, Brazil still aims for key role at U.N. climate talks

Brazil may have backed out of hosting this year's U.N. climate summit, but the country will still take a leading role in negotiating the mechanisms needed to implement the Paris Agreement, its top..
Reuters - Published

U.N. peacekeeping mission to Haiti ends after 15 years with mixed legacy

The United Nations ended its 15-year-long peacekeeping and justice mission to stabilize Haiti on Tuesday with a mixed legacy highlighted by the fact the country is entering its fifth week of violent..
Reuters - Published

U.N. Security Council to meet on Syria, likely on Wednesday: diplomats

The United Nations Security Council will likely meet on Wednesday to discuss latest developments in Syria, diplomats said, adding that a closed-door discussion had been requested by the body’s five..
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Afghanistan election violence left 85 dead, U.N. report says

Violence linked to Afghanistan's election last month left 85 civilians dead and more than 370 wounded, a United Nations report said on Tuesday.
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U.N. urges Turkey to investigate executions in Syria

Turkey could be "deemed responsible" for summary executions by an affiliated armed group of several Kurdish fighters and a politician, reportedly shown on videos on social media at the weekend, the..
Reuters - Published

Over 130,000 people displaced by fighting in northeastern Syria: U.N.

More than 130,000 people have been displaced from rural areas around the northeast Syrian border towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain as a result of fighting between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish..
Reuters - Published

Arab League calls on U.N to halt Turkey’s military offensive against Kurdish fighters

The Arab League is calling on the United Nations Security Council to force Turkey to halt its offensive attacks against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. It comes as Turkey pushes deeper into Syria...
CBS News - Published

Today in History for October 12th

Highlights of this day in history: Columbus lands in Americas; USS Cole bombed in Yemen; Soviet leader Khrushchev bangs shoe at UN; Blast rips Bali nightclub; Opera's Luciano Pavarotti born; Singer..
USATODAY.com - Published

Australia, Fiji to send peacekeeping mission to Middle East

Australia and Fiji will send a joint United Nations peacekeeping mission to a disputed region in the Middle East as soon as next week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said over the weekend.
Reuters - Published

New York first state requiring menstrual product ingredient lists

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill the same day as the United Nation's International Day of the Girl
CBS News - Published

Burkinabes flee their homes en masse as violence spirals: U.N.

The number of people forced to flee their homes in two regions of Burkina Faso besieged by ethnic and jihadist violence has increased more than six-fold since January to around 500,000, the United..
Reuters - Published

U.N. says 100,000 have left homes in northeastern Syria since Turkish incursion

Some 100,000 people have left their homes in northeastern Syria with a growing number sheltering in shelters and schools following this week's Turkish military incursion in the region, the United..
Reuters - Published

70,000 people forced to flee amid Turkey's Syria assault, U.N. says

Turkish warplanes and artillery blasted targets across the Syrian border on the third day of the offensive
CBS News - Published

Kurdish civilians in Syria flee onslaught by Turkey

The U.N. says 70,000 people in northern Syria have been forced to flee because of Turkey's assault on U.S. backed Kurdish forces. Turkish warplanes and artillery blasted targets across the Syrian..
CBS News - Published

U.N. envoy pushes to stop 'blatant' embargo violations in Libya

The U.N. envoy for Libya said he hopes an international conference next month will produce a Security Council resolution committing foreign powers to stopping an escalating proxy war and an accelerated..
Reuters - Published

North Korea warns on test freeze in denouncing European move at U.N.

North Korea issued a veiled warning on Thursday that it could eventually end a freeze in long-range missile testing as it criticized a call by U.N. Security Council members for it to give up its..
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U.S. warns Turkey of 'consequences' over Syria assault as U.N. Security Council meets

The United States warned Turkey at the United Nations on Thursday that it faced "consequences" if its assault against Kurdish militias in northeast Syria did not protect vulnerable populations or..
Reuters - Published

United States' U.N. envoy warns Turkey it faces 'consequences’ amid Syria assault

The United States' envoy to the United Nations on Thursday warned Turkey it faced repercussions from its assault against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria if it did not protect vulnerable..
Reuters - Published

U.N chief Guterres calls for de-escalation of conflict in Syria

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for a de-escalation of the conflict in Syria.
Reuters - Published

Front-runners neck and neck in race to become U.N. nuclear chief

The two front-runners in the race to become the U.N. nuclear watchdog's chief are running neck and neck, a secret ballot of the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation Board of Governors on..
Reuters - Published

Pay freeze at the U.N.? Trump administration owes the United Nations $1 billion

Trump brushed aside a warning from the U.N. that the organization risks being unable to pay its staff and bills if member countries don't chip in.
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump's envoy visits Kosovo in push for new talks with Serbia

A special envoy of U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Kosovo on Wednesday three days after it held an election, in a new push to restart talks with Serbia to reach a final deal that would pave the..
Reuters - Published

U.S. denies report civilians killed in airstrikes on Taliban meth labs

UN agency says at least 30 civilians, including 14 children, killed in airstrikes. U.S. military claims it "did not cause deaths or injuries to non-combatants".
CBS News - Published

U.N. report says U.S. air strikes on Afghan drug labs unlawful, hit civilians

U.S. air strikes on alleged Taliban drug labs in Afghanistan in May killed or wounded at least 39 civilians, including 14 children, and violated international humanitarian law as the victims were..
Reuters - Published

Guterres warns U.N. may not have enough money to pay staff next month

The United Nations may not have enough money for staff salaries next month if member states don't pay what they owe, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Protest-hit Ecuador seeks foreign help, relocates government

Ecuador sought mediation from the United Nations or Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday after six days of anti-austerity protests that have pushed President Lenin Moreno's government out of Quito and..
Reuters - Published

At U.N., Europeans urge North Korea to move toward giving up nuclear weapons, missile programs

The five European members of the United Nations Security Council urged North Korea on Tuesday "to take concrete steps" toward giving up it nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a complete,..
Reuters - Published

The United Nations could run out of money in a few weeks

Secretary-General eyes cost-cutting measures, says members have paid only 70 percent of amount needed, leaving "a cash shortage of $230 million"
CBS News - Published

Ecuador open to foreign mediation amid unrest, 570 held

Ecuador's government said on Tuesday it would be open to mediation via the United Nations or the Catholic Church, after almost a week of anti-austerity protests that have rocked the nation and brought..
Reuters - Published

U.N. chief calls for restraint in northeast Syria -U.N. spokesman

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on all parties in northeast Syria to exercise maximum restraint, his spokesman said on Monday after the United States began pulling troops back from the..
Reuters - Published

North Korea warns U.S., Europeans against raising its missile tests at U.N.

North Korea warned the United States, Britain, France and Germany on Monday that raising the issue of Pyongyang's missile tests at the United Nations Security Council would "further urge our desire to..
Reuters - Published

U.N. calls for protecting civilians in northeast Syria

Civilians must be spared in any Turkish military operation in northeast Syria, where the United Nations hopes that displacement and atrocities can be prevented, a senior U.N. aid official said on..
Reuters - Published

U.N. peacekeeper killed, four wounded in Mali mine attack

A U.N. peacekeeper was killed and four others wounded on Sunday when their vehicle hit an explosive device in northern Mali, the U.N. mission (MINUSMA) said.
Reuters - Published

Kosovo voters focus on graft, relations with Serbia

National elections are underway in Kosovo where the main issues for the country's 1.9 million eligible voters are tackling corruption and normalizing relations with Serbia which would pave the way for..
Reuters - Published

Kosovo voters focus on graft, Serbia peace deal in election

Voting centers opened in Kosovo on Sunday for national elections where the main issues for the country's 1.9 million eligible voters are tackling corruption and a peace deal with Serbia which would..
Reuters - Published

Kosovo voters eye graft and deal with Serbia in election

Deep-rooted corruption and a peace deal with Serbia which would pave the way for membership of the United Nations are the chief concerns of 1.9 million eligible voters in Kosovo who go to the polls on..
Reuters - Published

U.N. calls for probe into violence related to Hong Kong protests

The United Nations human rights chief called on Saturday for an independent probe into the violence during anti-government protests in Hong Kong, saying the injuries were alarming.
Reuters - Published

'Never give up,' Swedish teen tells Iowa climate activists after U.N. summit 'failure'

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg on Friday urged her supporters to "never give up" in demanding urgent steps to fight climate change after world leaders failed to act decisively at a recent..
Reuters - Published

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