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Rush job: Kerry argues UN had ‘right’ to vote on Iran nuke deal before Congress

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Special to WorldTribune.com The UN Security Council endorsed the Iran nuclear deal on July 20 as members of the U.S. Congress from both parties seethed over the Obama administration prompting the UN vote before Congress had its say. Senate Foreign […]

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Israel slams UNESCO for ‘deliberately’ ignoring Jerusalem’s Jewish, Christian roots

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Special to WorldTribune.com In declaring the Temple Mount area a “Muslim holy site of worship,” the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on July 7 issued a “completely one sided resolution” on the Old City of Jerusalem that […]

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World shrugs as tide of displaced humans overwhelms relief agencies


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The number of refugees fleeing their native lands as well as people being internally displaced in their home countries has surged beyond even the most dire predictions. Just six months […]

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Report: Wars cost 13 percent of world’s GDP with most uprooted people since World War II

The number of uprooted people topped 50 million, the highest level since World War II.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A new survey says the cost of conflicts reached a record $14.3 trillion in 2014, equivalent to 13.4 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. The 2015 Global Peace Index, published […]

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UN envoy: ISIL is fighting its wars ‘on the bodies of women’

Women being sold as sex slaves in Mosul, Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com Key to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) recruitment of foreign jihadists has been the kidnapping and sale of young girls, according to UN envoy on sexual violence Zainab Bangura. Some have been offered up “for […]

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We’re in a new millennium, but press freedom is in rapid decline worldwide


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The targeted killings of journalists, the suffocating censorship in many countries, and the widening governmental controls on media activities, characterize the contemporary media landscape in large parts of the world. […]

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U.S. warships head for Yemen but have no orders to block Iran arms shipments

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt ener the Mediterranean Sea near the Rock of Gibraltar on March 31.  / U.S. Navy  /Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II /  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Two warships joined seven other U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, to counter an Iranian convoy suspected of carrying weapons to Shi’ite Houthi rebels in violation of a UN arms embargo adopted last week. “We believe these […]

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IAEA: We cannot ‘conclude that all nuclear material in Iran [has a]…peaceful purpose’

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington on March 23. / Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The UN nuclear watchdog says it has made “limited” progress in its probe into the military potential of Iran’s nuclear program and needs greater cooperation from Tehran. Yukiya Amano, director-general of […]

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UN ready to rebuild Gaza, but $5.4 billion in pledges failed to materialize

Palestinians at Friday prayers east of Gaza City, on Jan. 23. / Suhaib Salem / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — The United Nations reports that virtually none of the $5.4 billion pledged for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip has come through. The UN Refugee and Works Agency reported the halt in the international […]

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Obama’s fuzzy State of the World no substitute for American resolve


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Proclaiming an end to the American economic recession and declaring that “the shadow of crisis is past,” President Barack Obama addressed a skeptical Republican-controlled Congress in the annual State of […]

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