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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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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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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‘Guernica’ Tapestry Is Taken Back From U.N. by a Rockefeller

The replica of Picasso’s famed painting depicting the horrors of war had hung outside the Security Council chamber since 1985, on loan from the Rockefeller family.

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Who is Arora Akanksha, the 34-Year-Old Running for U.N. Secretary General?

The United Nations auditor, with no diplomatic experience, has declared her candidacy for secretary general — an audacious bid to shake up an organization that she says badly needs it.

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Global Action Is ‘Very Far’ From What’s Needed to Avert Climate Chaos

New climate pledges submitted to the United Nations would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by less than 1 percent, the world body announced.

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Feeling Spurned by Trump, U.N. Sees Redemption in Biden and Team

Diplomats say the Trump administration’s “America First” policy demeaned the United Nations. But the organization is feeling reinvigorated by the president-elect and his choice of ambassador.

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With Village Beheadings, Islamic State Intensifies Attacks in Mozambique

The United Nations called for an investigation into reports of many people beheaded in northern Mozambique, where Islamist insurgents have stepped up a brutal campaign.

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Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons Passes Important Threshold

Fifty countries have now ratified the treaty, so it will become international law. The United States and the eight other nuclear-armed powers reject it but have failed to stop its advance.

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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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Trump Scorns His Own Scientists Over Virus Data

A public scolding of the C.D.C. chief was only the latest but perhaps the starkest instance when the president has rejected not just the policy advice of his public health officials but the facts and information that they provided.

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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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U.N. Expresses Horror at Mass Graves in Libya

The discovery of eight mass graves near Tripoli was a grim reminder of the atrocities that have punctuated the country’s conflict.

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The Global Coronavirus Crisis Is Poised to Get Much, Much Worse

What happens when the pandemic strikes nations of millions of people that have only a half-dozen ventilators?

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António Guterres Wants Gender Parity at the U.N. It May Take Time.

We sat down with the United Nations secretary general to talk about how one wrests a patriarchal organization into the future.

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