Devastating Earthquake in Afghanistan Leaves More Than 1,000 Dead

The quake — the deadliest in the country in two decades — was the latest in a string of tragedies to affect the country since the Taliban seized power from the U.S.-backed government last summer.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-earthquake-june-22-2022, #khost-afghanistan, #pakistan, #paktika-province-afghanistan, #taliban, #united-nations, #united-states-geological-survey

A Chance Encounter Helps Return Sacred Artifacts to an Indigenous Group

The United Nations helped the Yaqui Nation, an Indigenous group in Mexico and the United States, reclaim a deer’s head and other items from a Swedish museum.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #indigenous-people, #mexico, #museums, #sonora-mexico, #stockholm-sweden, #sweden, #united-nations

Bosnia on the Brink

Caught up in a 21st-century stew of ethnonationalism and fake history, the country’s Serbs are now endangering its fragile peace.

#bosnia-and-herzegovina, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sarajevo-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #serbia, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

How Bad Is the Global Food Crisis Going to Get?

The world could experience the once-unthinkable: a true shortfall of food.

#food, #food-insecurity, #global-warming, #internal-sub-only-nl, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shortages, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

‘We Have Not Forgotten Syria’: U.S. Envoy Vows to Protect Refugees

After 11 years of war, Syria has become a cautionary example of what can happen in a conflict with no end in sight, like the one that began 100 days ago in Ukraine.

#assad-bashar-al, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #humanitarian-aid, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #thomas-greenfield-linda, #turkey, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Afghanistan Tries to Stamp Out Opium Again

The multibillion-dollar trade has survived previous bans. Now, the Taliban are going after solar-powered water pumps to try to dry up poppy crops in the middle of a national economic crisis.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #deserts, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #irrigation, #opium, #politics-and-government, #poppies, #rural-areas, #solar-energy, #taliban, #united-nations, #united-nations-office-on-drugs-and-crime, #water, #wells

U.N. Human Rights Chief Tempers Criticism at End of China Trip

Rights groups and overseas Uyghurs had called for vociferous condemnation of China’s policies toward minorities in the country’s far West. They were highly disappointed.

#bachelet-michelle, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

Ferocious Russian Attacks Spur Accusations of Genocide in Ukraine

The country is at “imminent” risk of genocide, a new report says, as Russia turns to ultrapowerful conventional weapons.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #rwanda, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #srebrenica-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #ukraine, #united-nations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russian Diplomat Resigns Over Ukraine War

Boris Bondarev, a counselor at the Russian mission in Geneva, quit in a rare example of an official breaking with the Kremlin over its war in Ukraine.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #geneva-switzerland, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-nations

Head of U.N. Agency Resigns After Questions Arise About Loans

The little-known organization gave out $61 million in loans and grant money to a single British family, in a scandal that has shaken and embarrassed the U.N.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #faremo-grete, #guterres-antonio, #kendrick-david-construction-executive, #united-nations, #united-nations-office-for-project-services, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Did a U.N. Agency Give a Family $61 Million?

A little-known United Nations agency decided to make an impact by doling out loans and grant money — all to a single family. It did not go well.

#guterres-antonio, #oceans-and-seas, #politics-and-government, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #zampolli-paolo

Evacuees From Mariupol’s Steel Plant Tell of Horrors and Survival

Nearly 130 people reached relative safety after sheltering for weeks in dark bunkers under the Azovstal plant, under constant bombardment, with dwindling food.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #international-committee-of-the-red-cross, #mariupol-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-nations, #zaporizhzhia-ukraine

In Ukraine War, a Long Journey Begins in Prosecuting Rape

U.N. officials and human rights investigators are rushing more resources to authorities in Ukraine to help prosecute sex crimes.

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #kharkiv-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sex-crimes, #ukraine, #united-nations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

India Is Stalling the W.H.O.’s Efforts to Make Global Covid Death Toll Public

The agency has calculated that 15 million people have died as a result of the pandemic, far more than earlier estimates, but has yet to release those numbers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #india, #medicine-and-health, #modi-narendra, #research, #statistics, #united-nations, #world-health-organization

Why Ukraine War Crimes Trials Could Take Many Years

Long after the fighting ends, any prosecutions and trials arising from it could be barely beginning. Here is a look at the complexities of bringing aggressors to justice.

#hague-netherlands, #international-criminal-court, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

What Boris Johnson’s Deal With Rwanda Means for U.K. Asylum System

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a plan to send some of those seeking refuge to the central African country. What effect would the change have?

#asylum-right-of, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rwanda, #united-nations

How Do We Deal With a Superpower Led by a War Criminal?

There’s never been a pariah state as consequential as Russia.

#putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #security-council-un, #ukraine, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Western Officials Condemn Reports of ‘Massacre’ by Military in Central Mali

The State Department and the French foreign ministry said they were alarmed at reports of deaths caused by the Malian armed forces and their allies — Russian mercenaries with the Wagner Group.

#civilian-casualties, #european-union, #mali, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #sahel-africa, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-nations, #wagner-group

5 Takeaways From the U.N. Report on Limiting Global Warming

Current pledges to cut emissions, even if nations follow through on them, won’t stop temperatures from rising to risky new levels.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-dioxide, #energy-efficiency, #fuel-efficiency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #solar-energy, #united-nations, #wind-power

Climate Optimism

We have reason for hope on climate change.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #united-nations

Yemen’s Warring Parties to Begin First Cease-Fire in 6 Years

The two-month truce, brokered by the United Nations, offers hope for a reduction of violence in a war that has rattled the Arabian Peninsula and caused a humanitarian crisis.

#defense-and-military-forces, #houthis, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #united-nations, #yemen

The Nuclear Family Is No Longer the Norm. Good.

Our society is making room for different family structures.

#child-care, #families-and-family-life, #grandparents, #instagram-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #parenting, #pew-research-center, #polls-and-public-opinion, #united-nations

Ethiopia Declares ‘Humanitarian Truce’ in War-Ravaged Tigray Region

The conflict, now lasting 17 months, has left thousands dead, millions displaced and has hindered aid from reaching those going hungry in the country’s northern region.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #horn-of-africa, #mekelle-ethiopia, #politics-and-government, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

‘We Are Sleepwalking to Climate Catastrophe’

Readers respond to a dire climate warning from the U.N. secretary general. Also: Factors in college success; a signing in the N.F.L.; Botox follies.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #botox-drug, #cleveland-browns, #colleges-and-universities, #elderly, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #guterres-antonio, #national-football-league, #religion-and-belief, #united-nations, #watson-deshaun-1995

China’s Push to Isolate Taiwan Demands U.S. Action, Report Says

Chinese officials are ramping up a campaign to force United Nations agencies, governments, companies and even schools to say Taiwan is a part of China.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #german-marshall-fund-of-the-united-states, #international-relations, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #taiwan, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-health-organization, #xi-jinping

U.N. Investigator Accuses Israel of Apartheid, Citing Permanence of Occupation

Strongly denied by Israel and its supporters, the claim is the first time that a U.N.-appointed rapporteur has accused Israel of apartheid in such an unequivocal way.

#amnesty-international, #apartheid-policy, #btselem, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-nations, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #west-bank

Madeleine Albright, First Woman to Serve as Secretary of State, Dies at 84

She rose to power and fame as a brilliant analyst of world affairs before serving as an aggressive advocate of President Bill Clinton’s policies.

#albright-madeleine-k, #clinton-bill, #deaths-obituaries, #united-nations, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.N. Chief Warns of ‘Catastrophe’ With Continued Use of Fossil Fuels

António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, said instead of replacing Russian oil, gas and coal, nations must pivot to clean energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coal, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #guterres-antonio, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

Ukraine War Threatens to Cause a Global Food Crisis

A critical share of the world’s food and fertilizer is stuck in Russia and Ukraine, sending global prices soaring and foreshadowing a rise in world hunger.

#afghanistan, #agriculture-and-farming, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-food-program

Shunned by Others, Russia Finds Friends in Africa

Africa’s largest arms dealer, Russia has ties to the continent that stretch back to the Cold War and helped Mr. Putin win rare support over the invasion of Ukraine.

#africa, #african-union, #international-relations, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-nations

War in Ukraine Threatens World Food Supplies

Nations are not secure unless their food supplies are.

#afghanistan, #agriculture-and-farming, #bangladesh, #belarus, #chicago-board-of-trade, #commodities, #corn, #egypt, #european-union, #famine, #fertilizer, #food, #food-insecurity, #grain, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #pakistan, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shortages, #sudan, #supply-chain, #ukraine, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wheat, #world-food-program

5 Takeaways From the U.N. Report on Climate Hazards

Global warming is affecting every part of the planet. Humans should have started preparing yesterday.

#africa, #coral, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #united-nations, #wildfires

Climate Change’s Effects Outpacing Ability to Adapt, I.P.C.C. Warns

Countries aren’t doing nearly enough to protect against the disasters to come as the planet keeps heating up, a major new scientific report concludes.

#agriculture-and-farming, #disasters-and-emergencies, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #united-nations, #wildfires

For Ukraine’s Refugees, Europe Opens Doors That Were Shut to Others

Thousands of Ukrainians will end up in countries led by nationalist governments that have been reluctant to welcome refugees in the past.

#humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

How Russia Attacked Ukraine and What Happens Next

Explosions thundered in Ukrainian cities shortly after President Vladimir V. Putin declared the start of a “special military operation.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #europe, #european-union, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #russia, #security-council-un, #ukraine, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #vladimir-v-putin, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

The Invasion of Ukraine: How Russia Attacked and What Happens Next

Explosions thundered in Ukrainian cities shortly after President Vladimir V. Putin declared the start of a “special military operation.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #europe, #european-union, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #russia, #security-council-un, #ukraine, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #vladimir-v-putin, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Climate Change Could Increase Risk of Wildfires 50% by Century’s End

Worsening heat and dryness could lead to a 50 percent rise in off-the-charts fires, according to a United Nations report.

#africa, #arctic-regions, #australia, #canada, #chile, #commonwealth-scientific-and-industrial-research-organization-australia, #fires-and-firefighters, #food-and-agriculture-organization-of-the-united-nations, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #india, #north-america, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portugal, #russia, #siberia, #united-nations, #wildfires

U.S. Says Russia Has a List of Ukrainians to Kill or Detain

A U.S. ambassador cited “credible information” that Russian forces have compiled a list of Ukrainians to be targeted after an invasion.

#bachelet-michelle, #belarus, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. says Russia has a list of Ukrainians to kill or detain after an invasion.

A U.S. ambassador cited “credible information” that Russian forces have compiled a list of Ukrainians to be targeted after an invasion.

#bachelet-michelle, #belarus, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Conflict and Climate Change Ravage Syria’s Agricultural Heartland

Drought and a decade of war have brought failing crops and poverty to a region once known as Syria’s breadbasket. Even the bread has changed.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #hasaka-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #rivers, #save-the-children, #syria, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #water, #wheat

As Violence Rises in the West Bank, Settler Attacks Raise Alarm

Attacks by settlers and Palestinians have both reached a five-year high. But unlike Palestinian suspects, violent settlers are rarely prosecuted.

#btselem, #defense-and-military-forces, #gantz-benny, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #land-use-policies, #olives, #palestinians, #rock-and-stone, #united-nations, #vandalism, #west-bank, #yesh-din

Taliban Are Holding 2 Westerners Working for U.N., Agency Says

The two former journalists and their Afghan colleagues were detained in the Afghan capital in recent days. The Taliban have not confirmed or explained.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #detainees, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #haqqani-network, #kabul-afghanistan, #saleh-amrullah, #taliban, #united-nations, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees

Tonga Is Receiving ‘Contactless’ Aid. There are Pros and Cons.

Covid-era travel restrictions have mostly prevented expatriate aid workers from flying into Pacific island nations after natural disasters. The results are mixed.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #fiji, #humanitarian-aid, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nonprofit-organizations, #save-the-children, #tonga, #united-nations, #vanuatu

Afghanistan’s Health Care System Is Collapsing Under Stress

Hospitals and clinics are struggling to hold up amid a cash shortage and a vast surge of malnutrition and disease. By one estimate, 90 percent may close in the next few months.

#afghanistan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #hospitals, #humanitarian-aid, #malnutrition, #taliban, #united-nations

‘Guernica’ Antiwar Tapestry to Be Rehung at U.N.

The canvas replica of Picasso’s painting, symbolizing war’s horrors, had been a photogenic fixture at the United Nations for decades before its owner, the Rockefeller family, removed it last year.

#art, #guterres-antonio, #manhattan-nyc, #national-trust-for-historic-preservation, #picasso-pablo, #rockefeller-family, #rockefeller-nelson-aldrich, #security-council-un, #spain, #spanish-civil-war-1936-39, #united-nations

John Kerry, U.S. Climate Envoy, Tells Top Polluters ‘We Must All Move Faster’

The United States hosted a virtual meeting of big polluting countries on Thursday as nations struggle to meet their climate change goals.

#coal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #kerry-john, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

Cambodia’s Internet May Soon Be Like China’s: State-Controlled

Under a new decree, all web traffic will be routed through a government portal. Rights groups say a crackdown on digital expression is about to get worse.

#cambodia, #cambodian-peoples-party, #facebook-inc, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #human-rights-watch, #hun-sen, #khmer-rouge, #united-nations

In the Tinderbox of Bosnia, a Serb Nationalist Lights a Match

Bosnia’s fragile multiethnic government is facing its greatest crisis since the Balkan wars. The Serb nationalist leader, Milorad Dodik, is threatening to tear the country apart.

#bosnia-and-herzegovina, #dodik-milorad, #eastern-europe, #europe, #european-union, #karadzic-radovan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #republika-srpska-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #russia, #united-nations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Indonesia Accepts Stranded Refugee Boat After Vowing to Turn It Away

The boat was being towed ashore with more than 100 Rohingya refugees on board. Indonesia initially said it would turn the vessel away, but relented under pressure from rights groups.

#aceh-province-indonesia, #bangladesh, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-trafficking, #indonesia, #malaysia, #myanmar, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rescues, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees

Libya Delays Presidential Election

The postponement risks further destabilizing the oil-rich North African country, which has been mired in divisions and violence in the decade since Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was toppled and killed in a revolution.

#politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #united-nations