At Covid Summit, Biden Sets Ambitious Goals for Vaccinating the World

But his plans face a tough road as pressure grows for big pharmaceutical companies to share their vaccine technologies with poorer nations.

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China Pledges to Stop Building Coal Plants Abroad: Explained

Beijing is the undisputed king of coal, but the announcement at the United Nations General Assembly this week was cautiously welcomed by climate experts.

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The Taliban nominate a U.N. envoy, complicating a quandary for the General Assembly.

The move sets up a possible showdown with the current envoy, nominated only months ago by a government that has since collapsed.

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At U.N., Biden Calls for Diplomacy, not Conflict, but Some Are Skeptical

The president said he wants global cooperation to meet challenges, but some allies and adversaries say his actions point to confrontation with China and unilateral action, belying his words.

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China Pledges to Stop Building Coal-Burning Power Plants Abroad

It marks a major shift for one of the biggest backers of coal-fired plants globally. Still, China remains heavily reliant on new coal plants at home, and is the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases.

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China Won’t Build More Coal Plants Abroad, Xi Jinping Says

One analyst called the announcement, which the Chinese leader made in prerecorded remarks to the U.N. General Assembly, “an important step by the world’s biggest provider of overseas coal finance.”

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BTS Took Center Stage at the U.N. Over One Million Fans Watched Live.

The boy band’s seven members accompanied President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, who designated them as special presidential envoy for future generations and culture.

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Man Threatened Life of Dominican President, Prosecutors Say

Enrique Figueroa, 47, is accused of writing a series of social media posts threatening President Luis Abinader.

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Biden Pushes Global Plan to Battle Covid-19 as National Gaps Widen

The U.N.-backed vaccine program is so far behind schedule that not even 10 percent of the population in poor countries is fully vaccinated, experts say.

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Biden to Push Global Plan to Battle Covid as National Gaps Widen

The U.N.-backed vaccine program is so far behind schedule that not even 10 percent of the population in poor countries is fully vaccinated, experts say.

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Despite Covid Risks, Many Leaders Plan to Attend U.N. General Assembly

Unlike the annual meeting last year, conducted almost entirely virtually because of pandemic restrictions, the United Nations is expecting leaders from at least 83 countries to speak in person.

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Quandary at U.N.: Who Speaks for Myanmar and Afghanistan?

Governments of the two countries have been toppled by pariah regimes. Will they get seats at the world’s biggest diplomatic table anyway?

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Confident in Its Impunity, the Myanmar Junta Ignores Diplomacy

The generals who seized power five months ago have shown no inclination to heed international pleas to reverse themselves, even as Myanmar slides into a failed state.

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U.N. General Assembly Demands Myanmar Junta End Coup and Stop the Killings

A resolution adopted Friday by the General Assembly is the most widespread condemnation yet of the Feb. 1 coup, a sharp diplomatic slap that contradicted the junta’s claim it has not been isolated.

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Iran Pays Delinquent U.N. Dues, Getting Its Vote Back

The $16.2 million was drawn from Iranian money in a Korean bank that had been frozen by U.S. sanctions but was freed to pay the dues — apparently a conciliatory signal by the Biden administration.

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U.N. Suspends Iran’s Voting Rights for Delinquent Dues. Iran is Furious.

Iran and four other countries were disqualified from voting in the General Assembly because they haven’t paid dues for two years. Iran blamed sanctions imposed by the Trump administration.

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Britain Holds On to a Colony in Africa, With America’s Help

And together they are sabotaging their own efforts to curb China’s advances in the South China Sea.

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After Coup in Myanmar, a Career Diplomat Takes a Stand

At the United Nations, U Kyaw Moe Tun declared his new military masters illegitimate. They fired him, but he has no intention of leaving.

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U.N. Says 38 Killed in Myanmar in ‘Bloodiest Day’ Since Coup Began

As the military’s crackdown against demonstrators grows more deadly, the U.N.’s special representative for the country said the junta had rejected her requests to visit.

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Possible Showdown Over Myanmar Ambassador Looms at U.N.

The military junta in Myanmar wants to replace its United Nations’ envoy, but he isn’t leaving. “We’re in a very unique situation,” the U.N. spokesman said.

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Myanmar Military Fires U.N. Envoy Who Spoke Against Its Coup

The regime fired the ambassador, U Kyaw Moe Tun, who called for international help in restoring democracy and gave the three-finger salute of the protest movement.

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With Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine, Putin Jumps Ahead of Trump

As America retreats from world affairs, Russia is promising other nations help on the pandemic.

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When the U.S. and China Fight, It Is the Environment That Suffers

The Trump administration’s moves to decouple the two economies means less leverage over Beijing’s green policies.

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China’s Pledge to Be Carbon Neutral by 2060: What It Means

Under international pressure to do more to address global warming, Xi Jinping made a surprise commitment to drastically reduce emissions. Now comes the hard part.

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Trump Demands U.N. Hold China to Account for Coronavirus Pandemic

In speeches broadcast at this year’s Covid-compromised General Assembly, the presidents of China and the United States punctuated an intensifying schism between the two superpowers.

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U.N. General Assembly: Live Updates

As world leaders meet for the 75th United Nations General Assembly this week, the gatherings are virtual, but the challenges all too real.

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Trump Needs a Tutorial on How International Agreements Work

The administration is arguing that it is still a party to the Iran deal that it left with great fanfare in 2018.

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U.S. Prepares to Reimpose U.N. Sanctions on Iran Over Objections of World Powers

The full range of the sanctions are expected to be announced Saturday evening in Washington, but it is unclear how effective they will be.

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As U.N. Turns 75, the Celebration Is Muted by Calamity and Conflict

The organization created in the wake of one world war was aimed at preventing another. But a celebration of its accomplishments has been overshadowed by a pandemic and rising world tensions.

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Colin Powell Still Wants Answers

In 2003, he made the case for invading Iraq to halt its weapons programs. The analysts who provided the intelligence now say it was doubted inside the C.I.A. at the time.

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