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United Nations: Intergovernmental organization
The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization that was tasked to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international co-operation and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. The headquarters of the UN is in Manhattan, New York City, and is subject to extraterritoriality. Further main offices are situated 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. In 24 October 1945, at the end of World War II, the organization was established with the aim of preventing future wars. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. The UN is the successor of the ineffective League of Nations.

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Migrants evacuated as confident Tripoli fighters tell Haftar: 'we are coming

The United Nations evacuated on Thursday more than 350 migrants from a detention center in southern Tripoli where a fierce battle raged as fighters from rival Libyan camps traded rockets and artillery..
Reuters - Published

Senior U.N. official meets Taliban negotiators in Qatar

The United Nations' top official in Afghanistan met the Taiban's chief negotiator in Qatar on Thursday, the movement's chief spokesman said, as moves continue to try to start full peace negotiations to..
Reuters - Published

Videos for United Nations

UN: Afghan pro-gov't forces killed more than 300 civilians [Video]UN: Afghan pro-gov't forces killed more than 300 civilians

UN says the leading cause of civilian deaths was air attacks, the majority by the US military.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:46Published

U.N. secretary-general calls Myanmar prosecution of Reuters reporters 'unacceptable' [Video]U.N. secretary-general calls Myanmar prosecution of Reuters reporters 'unacceptable'

According to Reuters, a spokesman for the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday that he believes the prosecution of two Reuters reporters in Myanmar was “unacceptable” and will..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

Following Africa's gold smugglers to Dubai [Video]Following Africa's gold smugglers to Dubai

Billions of dollars worth of gold is being smuggled out of the African bush every year and funneled through the UAE. A Reuters analysis shows how it's surged, and the severe security and health impacts..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:49Published

The US is threatening to veto a UN resolution intended to offer support to survivors of rape because of reproductive health lang [Video]The US is threatening to veto a UN resolution intended to offer support to survivors of rape because of reproductive health lang

The United States is reportedly threatening to veto a resolution in the United Nations Security Council that would prevent rape as a weapon of war and terrorism. Business Insider reports that the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

Trump Praises Libyan General As His Troops March On Tripoli [Video]Trump Praises Libyan General As His Troops March On Tripoli

According to CNN, President Donald Trump spoke with Libyan general Khalifa Haftar on Monday, praising his role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya's vast oil resources. The talks came even after..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

UN condemns latest attack on Libya’s Tripoli, mulls ceasefire [Video]UN condemns latest attack on Libya’s Tripoli, mulls ceasefire

Indiscriminate rocket fire in high-density neighbourhood could constitute war crime, UN says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:17Published

Venezuela Gets First Delivery of Red Cross Humanitarian Aid [Video]Venezuela Gets First Delivery of Red Cross Humanitarian Aid

President Nicolás Maduro said he'd reached a deal with the Red Cross for "international assistance and support."

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:03Published

Shells hit Tripoli as Haftar's two-week siege rages [Video]Shells hit Tripoli as Haftar's two-week siege rages

Artillery slammed into a Tripoli suburb overnight, piling on the suffering to civilians from a two-week assault by commander Khalifa Haftar's forces to take Libya's capital from an..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

UN Security Council Resolution Calls for Cease-fire in Libya [Video]UN Security Council Resolution Calls for Cease-fire in Libya

Violence in Libya increased earlier this month when Gen. Khalifa Haftar's armed forces started trying to take control of the county's capital.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:11Published

Battle for Tripoli rages on south of the city [Video]Battle for Tripoli rages on south of the city

Fighters from the U.N.-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) engaged in an escalating battle at the frontlines in the southern town of Ain Sara, as the conflict over the capital against..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:39Published

Sudan's protests claim more top-level scalps [Video]Sudan's protests claim more top-level scalps

Sudan has its third leader in as many days. Military interim leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman has promised protesters they'll soon have a civilian government after three decades of autocratic..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:10Published

France must do more for its homeless, says UN housing expert [Video]France must do more for its homeless, says UN housing expert

Laws meant to protect the most vulnerable people in France have failed, says the UN's special rapporteur on housing.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:13Published

UN Says France Needs To Act On Its 'Homelessness Crisis' [Video]UN Says France Needs To Act On Its 'Homelessness Crisis'

​The UN's special rapporteur on adequate housing said the country ​"[faces] a number of serious housing-related human rights concerns."

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:02Published

Trump Says Ivanka Qualified For High-Level Positions Because She's 'Very Good With Numbers' [Video]Trump Says Ivanka Qualified For High-Level Positions Because She's 'Very Good With Numbers'

President Donald Trump recently told The Atlantic he considered his daughter Ivanka for high-level positions at the United Nations and the World Bank because she's "very good with numbers." In January,..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 01:09Published

Refugees in Jordan are buying groceries with eye scans [Video]Refugees in Jordan are buying groceries with eye scans

Across Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, blockchain technology is helping the United Nations cut costs and combat corruption.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:32Published

Military Coup Forces Sudan President Out [Video]Military Coup Forces Sudan President Out

Bashir reigned for nearly 30 years.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:08Published

Edward Snowden Rips Julian Assange Arrest [Video]Edward Snowden Rips Julian Assange Arrest

Edward Snowden speaks via video link as he takes part in a round table on the protection of whistleblowers at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler MOSCOW..

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VP Mike Pence Urges UN to Back Guaidó as Venezuela's Leader [Video]VP Mike Pence Urges UN to Back Guaidó as Venezuela's Leader

At a U.N. Security Council meeting, Pence called Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro a "dictator with no legitimate claim to power."

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:40Published

Will Mexico's UN-backed fight against crime worsen crisis? [Video]Will Mexico's UN-backed fight against crime worsen crisis?

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed a deal aimed at reducing violations, including torture and extrajudicial killings.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published

Civilian casualties rise as fighting intensifies in Syria’s Idlib [Video]Civilian casualties rise as fighting intensifies in Syria’s Idlib

Dire warnings from the UN about what's happening in Syria's last rebel-held province.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:41Published

Refugees and civilians caught in Libya's crossfire [Video]Refugees and civilians caught in Libya's crossfire

Casualties are mounting in the battle for Libya's capital Tripoli, with thousands fleeing their homes and the UN's refugee agency forced to relocate refugees from a detention camp. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:00Published

Iran Names New UN Ambassador [Video]Iran Names New UN Ambassador

Reuters reports Iran has appointed career diplomat and former nuclear negotiator Majid Takht Ravanchi as its envoy to the United Nations as it tries to salvage a nuclear deal with world powers despite..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

Tripoli's only functional airport hit by air raid as clashes rage [Video]Tripoli's only functional airport hit by air raid as clashes rage

Mitiga airport's services suspended as death toll rises amid battles between forces loyal to Haftar and UN-backed gov't.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:50Published

Battle for Tripoli threatens hopes of Libyan peace [Video]Battle for Tripoli threatens hopes of Libyan peace

Deaths and displacements mount as forces loyal to a Gaddafi-era officer try to advance on Libya's capital Tripoli. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:56Published

 

Mexico vows to eradicate torture of detainees

Mexico vowed on Thursday to eradicate the torture of detainees which U.N. experts and activists said is systematically committed by security forces and investigators who go unpunished.
Reuters - Published

U.N. transfers 325 detained migrants out of Tripoli

The United Nations refugee agency has evacuated 325 refugees on Wednesday from Qasr Ben Gashir detention center in southern Tripoli due to deteriorating security and escalating violence near the Libyan..
Reuters - Published

U.N. envoy hopes Libya peace efforts can bear fruit soon

The U.N. envoy for Libya voiced hope on Wednesday that efforts to establish a peace dialogue between the country's two warring sides could bear fruit within the next two weeks.
Reuters - Published

U.N. rights boss condemns Saudi Arabia's beheading of 37 men

The U.N. human rights chief on Wednesday condemned the beheadings of 37 Saudi nationals across the kingdom this week, saying most were minority Shi'ite Muslims who may not have had fair trials and at..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan civilian casualties fall amid fewer suicide attacks-UN report

Civilian casualties from the Afghan conflict dropped by almost a quarter in the first three months of the year, amid freezing winter weather and a sharp fall in the number of suicide attacks, the..
Reuters - Published

Bowing to U.S. demands, U.N. waters down resolution on sexual violence in conflict

A U.S. threat to veto U.N. Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday after a long-agreed phrase was removed because President Donald Trump's administration sees it..
Reuters - Published

U.N. caves to veto threat by anti-abortion U.S. over rape in war help

A U.S. threat to veto U.N. Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday after a long-agreed phrase was removed because President Donald Trump's administration sees it..
Reuters - Published

U.N. secretary-general calls Myanmar prosecution of Reuters reporters 'unacceptable'

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres believes the prosecution of two Reuters reporters in Myanmar was "unacceptable" and will continue seeking their release, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Migrants in Libyan jail were reportedly seriously wounded in shooting: U.N.

Migrants in a detention facility in the Libyan capital have been reportedly seriously wounded in random shooting, the U.N. migration agency IOM said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

U.S., Russia say cannot support a U.N. call for Libya truce: diplomats

The United States and Russia both said on Thursday they could not support a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Libya at this time, diplomats said, as mortar bombs..
Reuters - Published

U.N. envoy sees troop withdrawal in Yemen's Hodeidah within weeks

Yemen's warring parties could start withdrawing forces from the main port city of Hodeidah within weeks, a move needed to pave the way for political negotiations to end the four-year war, the U.N...
Reuters - Published

U.N. urges resolving fate of 2,500 foreign children at Syria camp

A senior United Nations relief official called on governments on Thursday to help resolve the fate of 2,500 foreign children being held among 75,000 people at al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria after..
Reuters - Published

Bahrain mass trial raises deep concern: U.N. rights chief

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Thursday she was concerned that a Bahrain mass trial that revoked the nationality of 138 people this week had not met international fair..
Reuters - Published

U.N. highlights torture in Afghan jails but says progress is being made

Afghan security forces have inflicted less torture and mistreatment of prisoners detained in conflict in recent years but "horrendous" practices persist despite new laws, the United Nations said on..
Reuters - Published

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