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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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Arthur Sinodinos and Mitch Fifield will be put forward as Australia's ambassadors in Washington and at the UN, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed.
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Moscow must release 24 sailors who were aboard three Ukrainian vessels it intercepted in November as they crossed a strait between Russian-annexed Crimea and..
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The chances of Moscow complying with the UN tribunal's ruling are thought to be minimal.
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Bolton says latest North Korea missile test violation U.N. resolution
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has honoured an Indian police officer with a prestigious medal for sacrificing his life during the world body's..
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UNITED NATIONS - Two Chinese military officers on Friday were awarded together with 28 others the United Nations Peacekeeping Medal for their contributions to..
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U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Saturday North Korea's recent missile launches violated a U.N. Security Council resolution and urged leader..
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U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said on Saturday there was "no doubt" North Korea's recent test missile launches violated..
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Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi criticized the U.N.'s special envoy to the country in a sharply-worded letter to the U.N. chief, describing him as..
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In 2018, the United Nations found that millions of dollars of aid money had been stolen in Uganda. Now Germany has partially stopped its funding in a bid to..
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On CBSN's new show, "Red & Blue," former CIA director James Woolsey addressed the ongoing feud between President-elect Donald Trump and the intelligence..
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Kenya's high court on Friday upheld a law banning gay sex, keeping same sex relations punishable by 14 years in jail in the East African nation and drawing..
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Yemen's President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi has written to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to complain about his special envoy's conduct in mediating between the..
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Lawmakers in El Salvador agreed on Thursday to suspend a controversial amnesty bill following an outcry from victims' families, the United Nations and rights..
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects to approve Boeing Co's 737 MAX jet to return to service as soon as late June, representatives of the U.S. air..
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Critics including victim's of El Salvador's bloody civil war, human rights groups, and the United Nations have come out to oppose a bill which would offer..
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An amnesty bill that critics say aims to whitewash crimes committed during El Salvador's bloody civil war faced an uncertain fate in Congress on Thursday..
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U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) representatives told members of the United Nations' aviation agency they expect approval of Boeing Co's 737 MAX jets..
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U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) representatives told members of the United Nations' aviation agency they expect an ungrounding of Boeing Co's 737 MAX..
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GENEVA, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations announced stepped-up actions on Thursday against the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo..
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Thousands more people have fled violence in northwest Syria, the United Nations and a medical agency said on Thursday, as an army assault on the last big rebel..
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The head of the United Nations agency that has supported Palestinian refugees for seven decades hit back on Thursday at a U.S. proposal to have host countries..
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NEW YORK: UN envoy Ghassan Salame has bitterly denounced the conflict in Libya saying it is "committing suicide" and plundering its oil wealth to pay for the..
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The United Nations named an Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator on Thursday, creating a new position to boost efforts to contain a 10-month epidemic in the..
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United Nations report says AI technology powering popular personal voice assistants has gender bias baked into the programming code
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The United Nations named an Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator on Thursday to help improve efforts to contain a 10-month epidemic in the Democratic Republic of..
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United Nations diplomat and arms expert Moncef Kartas, a German-Tunisian who was jailed nearly two months ago in Tunisia on suspicion of espionage, has returned..
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First meet after Masood was listed as int'l terrorist at UN
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The United Nations general assembly has overwhelmingly backed a motion condemning Britain’s occupation of the remote Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, The..
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A UNESCO report has asked why AI assistants are always female - and what effects is this having on how we speak to and expect women to act.
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Buckling under surging asylum applications and the lowest budget in years, Mexico's tiny refugee agency has turned to the United Nations for help opening three..
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Two U.S. lawmakers are calling on the World Health Organization to withdraw pain care guidelines that include what they say are false claims about the safety of..
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key architect of the long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace is warning that "nothing can be meaningfully fixed" until..
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By Marine Pennetier PARIS, May 22 (Reuters) - Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, speaking on Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron, ruled out a..
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The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded on Wednesday that Britain give up control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean within six..
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In a non-binding vote, the General Assembly demands the UK give the islands back to Mauritius.
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Children of foreign Isis fighters being held in Syrian camps are “among the world’s most vulnerable” and should be returned to their countries of origin,..
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More than 26 people were killed on Tuesday and many were wounded when an armed group attacked two villages in northwestern Central African Republic, the UN's..
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Former Mauritian territory houses Diego Garcia US military base
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The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior U.N. security expert said on Tuesday, calling it an "urgent" issue that..
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The risk of conflict involving nuclear weapons is at its highest since the Second World War, a senior United Nations (UN) security expert has warned. Renata..
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Japan is preparing to escalate a dispute with South Korea over compensation for wartime labour to the International Court of Justice if Seoul does not agree to..
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In damning indictment of British welfare policies, UN rapporteur on extreme poverty says successive governments continued to inflict austerity 'largely unabated,..
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A senior security expert at the United Nations warned the risk of nuclear weapons being used was at its highest since World War Two on Tuesday, according to Al..
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Buckling under surging asylum applications and the lowest budget in years, Mexico's tiny refugee agency has turned to the United Nations for help opening three..
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Libya is on the brink of a civil war that could "lead to the permanent division of the country," a top U.N. official warned the Security Council on Tuesday as he..
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The United Nations said more than 380 civilians have been arrested since Syrian forces gained control of the province of Deraa on Tuesday, with 11 civilians who..
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The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior U.N. security expert said on Tuesday, calling it an "urgent" issue that..
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At least 380 civilians have been arrested in Syria's south and 11 civilians serving on local councils and former fighters have been killed or attacked there..
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UNITED NATIONS, May 21 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for efforts to address the root causes of displacement in Africa. "The..
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North Korea stepped up its campaign on Tuesday for the United States to return a seized cargo ship belonging to Pyongyang, warning Washington that it had..
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The UN envoy says that unless the flow of arms to Libya stops there could be a descent into chaos.
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Voice assistants need to be gender-neutral argues a UN study.
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A Tunisian appeal court on Tuesday temporarily released a United Nations official after two months in detention as part of an investigation by an anti-terrorism..
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The United Nations human rights office called on U.S. authorities on Tuesday to ensure that women have access to safe abortions, saying bans lead to risky..
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Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia this week in a resurgence of tactics that had largely subsided since late..
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Venezuelans fleeing political and economic crisis at home deserve protection as refugees, the United Nations said on Tuesday, urging other states not to deport..
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Venezuelans fleeing the worsening crisis in their country deserve protection as refugees, the United Nations refugee agency said in updated guidance issued on..
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GENEVA — The United States is backing calls for Taiwan to be granted observer status at the U.N. health agency’s biggest annual gathering, the U.S. health..
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A United Nations team investigating the massacre of Iraq's Yazidi minority and other atrocities has excavated 12 mass graves and is collecting witness accounts..
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SRINAGAR, India (AP) - A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to..
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A coalition of forces allied with Libya's U.N.-backed government of national accord (GNA) said it had received a shipment of armored vehicles and arms on..
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Pyongyang: North Korea’s top envoy to the United Nations Kim Song on Friday sent a letter to UN chief Antonio Guterres, criticizing the US’ recent seizure of..
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India is being delayed reimbursement of USD 38 million spent on peacekeeping missions for the UN due to the worsening financial health of the organisation,..
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North Korea has asked United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to deal with the "illegal" seizure of one of its cargo ships by the United States, state..
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The United Nations said on Friday at least 18 health centers have been attacked in the past three weeks in northwestern Syria, prompting a confrontation between..
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