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The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization tasked with maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international co-operation, and being a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. It was established after World War II, with the aim of preventing future wars, and succeeded the ineffective League of Nations. Its headquarters, which are subject to extraterritoriality, are in Manhattan, New York City, and it has other main offices 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. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193.

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Britain told the United Nations Security Council on Saturday that a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran was approached by Iranian forces when it was in Omani..
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Panama on Saturday became the first Central American nation to ban single-use plastic bags to try to curb pollution on its beaches and help tackle what the..
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The ongoing Venezuelan crisis has reached a breaking point after four million Venezuelans have fled their home country due to widespread violence, shortages of..
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CBS News senior foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan spoke with Iran’s foreign minister for over an hour at the U.N. on Thursday. Brennan joined..
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Russia on Thursday opposed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an end to attacks on health facilities in Syria's Idlib region.
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The United Nations said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were only paying a "modest proportion" of the hundreds of millions of dollars they promised..
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on Thursday and discussed the Iranian tanker..
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Saudi Arabia on Thursday defended signing a letter along with 36 other countries in support of China's policies in its western region of Xinjiang, where the..
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NEW YORK (AP) — Iran and the United States were only "a few minutes away from a war" after Iran shot down an American spy drone last month, Iran's foreign..
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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) demanded on Thursday the immediate release of lawmaker, Siham Sergewa, and her husband who were reportedly..
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Four Democratic members of Congress vilified by U.S. President Donald Trump are "fantastic", U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Thursday.
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United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock called out Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday for only paying a "modest proportion" of the hundreds of..
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Sanctions imposed this week by the United States on Myanmar's military leaders over human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims do not go far enough, U.N...
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A UN rights investigator said that a US travel ban on Myanmar's army chief and three other top officers for their role in orchestrating a crackdown against..
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Facing a U.N. human rights investigation into its bloody war on drugs, the Philippines presented a new death toll on Thursday to counter much higher numbers..
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Sanctions imposed this week by the United States on Myanmar's military leaders over human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims do not go far enough, U.N...
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Transnational crime groups are trafficking vast quantities of methamphetamine made in Southeast Asia, the United Nations said on Thursday, putting the value of..
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Nelson Mandela Day came into existence post a resolution passed by the United Nations which officially declared his birthday which falls on 18 July to be..
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Transnational crime syndicates are growing more powerful in Southeast Asia and raking in profit by exploiting rampant corruption, weak law enforcement and lax..
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Iran's foreign minister has renewed accusations that the United States was waging "economic terrorism," on a visit to the United Nations during which..
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The Nelson Mandela International Day also popularly known as Mandela Day is an annual celebration in the honour of Nelson Mandela. The United Nations officially..
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has defiantly refused to cooperate with a United Nations human rights tribunal, saying if he is ever to be put on trial..
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A senior U.N. human rights official urged Hungary on Wednesday to move asylum-seeking families held in "prison-like" transit zones on the Serbian border to other..
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Unknown gunmen killed a U.N. peacekeeper and six civilians in the disputed region of Abyei on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, the regional governor..
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Saudi Arabia’s air defence system intercepted and downed a Houthi drone launched towards the Saudi city of Jizan on Wednesday as talks continued between the UN..
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U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano plans to step down early, in March of next year, because of an unspecified illness that has visibly weakened him over..
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ICJ verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav LIVE updates: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is all set to announce the verdict in the Kulbushan Jadhav case on..
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Lauding India's progress in moving towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner at an event said, "I am simply in awe of..
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The last time the two countries approached the ICJ was in September 1999, when Pakistan approached the top UN court over the shooting down of a Pakistani..
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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is all set to announce the verdict in the Kulbushan Jadhav case on Wednesday. The Hague-based ICJ, which is the UN's top..
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Iran has rebuked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, vocally denying his claim the Islamic Republic may be prepared to negotiate over its ballistic missile..
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The U.N. envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, has met United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi to discuss ways to end..
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UNITED NATIONS, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Hostilities in Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone reportedly resulted in over 30 civilian deaths, including women and children,..
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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN), which was established in 1945, and has its seat in The..
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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN), which was established in 1945, and has its seat in The..
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The modern way to overthrow a government the capitalist world doesn’t like is by claiming to do it in the name of supporting ‘human rights’. This requires..
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The data comes from a new report commissioned by UNAIDS, a joint United Nations program
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HIV-related deaths last year fell to around 770,000 – some 33 per cent lower than in 2010 – the United Nations said on Tuesday, but warned that global..
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is “seriously considering” cutting his nation’s diplomatic ties with Iceland after it spearheaded a UN resolution to..
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UN’s Multidimensional Poverty Index is a comprehensive measure that tracks various kinds of deprivations to define poverty, unlike India’s national poverty..
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The United Nations voiced concern after the United States imposed unusually harsh restrictions on the movement of Iran's foreign minister, who was visiting the..
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UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed sadness at the loss of life, displacement of people and destruction of property due to the heavy monsoon rains in India,..
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Yemen's warring sides had agreed on a "mechanism and new measures to reinforce the ceasefire and deescalation," the United Nations announced Monday after talks..
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Saudi vice minister of defense Khalid bin Salman stressed Saudi support for a political solution in Yemen in a meeting with U.N. special envoy to Yemen Martin..
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The number of people facing starvation has increased over the last three years according to the United Nations' latest report on food security released on..
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The United Nations told the United States it is concerned by tight travel restrictions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during his visit to New..
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Yemen's warring parties have agreed new measures to enforce a ceasefire and facilitate a troop pullback from the flashpoint port of Hodeidah, the United Nations..
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Yemen's warring sides have agreed on a "mechanism and new measures to reinforce the ceasefire and de-escalation" around the flashpoint port of Hodeidah, as well..
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More than 821 million people suffered from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide last year, the United Nations reported Monday -- the third year in..
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Containing the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo will require hundreds of millions of dollars, the UN’s aid chief has warned, stating..
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More than one in 10 children - or 20 million worldwide - missed out last year on vaccines against life-threatening diseases such as measles, diphtheria and..
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The Philippines' highest-ranking lawmaker said on Monday a U.N. resolution to probe the country's bloody war on drugs should be ignored, and its chief backer..
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The United States has granted a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to attend a U.N. meeting in New York this week, two sources familiar with..
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The call comes after more than 50 people were killed in an attack at a migrant detention centre.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address Indian diaspora in Houston during the visit
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to New York on Saturday to a United Nations conference, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported, amid..
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was on his way to New York on Saturday to attend a United Nations conference, the official Islamic Republic News..
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More than 30 countries have signed a letter defending China's treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region in response to Western criticism. Ambassadors of..
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Somali forces Saturday morning ended an all-night siege on a hotel in the southern port city of Kismayo, in which the death toll has risen to 26 people,..
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took a swipe at Iceland, which was the nation behind a United Nations resolution to investigate his deadly war on drugs,..
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Saudi Arabia, Russia and 35 other states have written to the United Nations supporting China's policies in its western region of Xinjiang, according to a copy of..
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Almost 40 states have written to the United Nations supporting China's policies in the western region of Xinjiang, a Chinese diplomat told the U.N. Human Rights..
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United Nations proscribed terrorist Hafiz Saeed on Friday filed a plea in the Lahore High Court challenging terror financing cases lodged against him.
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Governments need to concede that journalism is “special”, says the UN press freedom rapporteur, because protecting them protects the public’s right to..
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GENEVA - Thirty men were sentenced to death by Huthi authorities in Yemen this week amid credible allegations that many were tortured during three years of..
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took a swipe at Iceland on Friday for spearheading a U.N. resolution to investigate his bloody war on drugs, saying it was a..
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A new report by the United Nations shows that 1.3 billion people across 101 countries are “multidimensionally poor,” which means that poverty is defined not..
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South Korea said on Friday it has proposed to Japan that the two countries ask an international organisation to investigate claims that Seoul was not faithfully..
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When Jocelyn Marquez found her missing son, he was in a Manila morgue, his body riddled with bullet wounds.
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Thirty men were sentenced to death by Houthi authorities in Yemen this week amid credible allegations that many were tortured during three years of..
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The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) was..
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned airstrikes in northwest Syria following reports that four health facilities were hit during a single day..
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India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, recording the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index values during the..
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