Arab nations demand US retreats on recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

FOREIGN ministers of Arab nations yesterday demanded the US reverses President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. They called the move a violation of international law and branded it a “grave development”. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said the meeting of Arab states produced “complete” unity. “There were

More than a dozen UN peacekeepers killed in Congo attack

DAKAR, Senegal — Rebels attacked a United Nations peacekeeping base in eastern Congo, killing at least 14 peacekeepers and wounding 53 others in the deadliest single assault on a UN mission in recent history, officials said Friday. The peacekeepers were mainly from Tanzania. At least five Congolese soldiers also

The history of Israel’s contentious ‘eternal capital’

President Trump’s announcement that he recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel came 68 years after Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion proclaimed it as the “eternal capital” of the Jewish state. On Dec. 13, 1949, the first Knesset voted to relocate the nascent country’s seat of government from Tel Aviv

Pence says Trump ‘actively considering’ embassy move in Israel

President Trump is “actively considering when and how” to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday. Pence evoked the sidelined campaign promise at the Queens Museum, where he was keynote speaker at a re-enactment of the historic UN vote that established

Pence to attend re-enactment of historic UN vote on Israel

To mark the 70th anniversary of the UN vote that led to the establishment of the state of Israel, Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday will attend a re-enactment of the historic event in Queens. Pence will deliver the keynote address at the Queens Museum, which in 1947 was

Neighbors have choice words for diplomat who allegedly punched wife

A Brooklyn woman whose diplomat spouse allegedly slugged her in the kisser hid her face with her cellphone Saturday, refusing to comment outside her Brooklyn home. see also Xandra Marshall, of Canarsie, shook her head, hid her left hand inside her pocket and used her phone to block her mouth

Ratko Mladic convicted of genocide over slaughter of Muslims in Bosnia

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The United Nations’ Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic on Wednesday of genocide and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life in prison for atrocities during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war. Mladic, 75, was found guilty of commanding forces responsible

Madagascar’s plague outbreak is spreading at an alarming rate

UNITED NATIONS — The number of plague cases in Madagascar has almost doubled over the last five days and medical experts project the situation will worsen, with 1,000 cases expected every month if funds aren’t rapidly provided, the United Nations said Thursday. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that only 26

China orders shutdown of business partnerships with North Korea

China upped the pressure to isolate North Korea on Thursday by ordering the regime’s businesses and ventures with Chinese partners to shut down as part of the United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, according to reports. China, the main trading partner with North Korea, said the businesses must

North Korea threatens rocket strikes on US mainland after Trump insults

President Trump is a “mentally deranged person full of megalomania” on a “suicide mission” that boosts the chance of a North Korean missile attack on the United States, the hermit kingdom’s foreign minister said Saturday. By labeling North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man” during his United Nations speech last week,

Aides warned Trump not to attack North Korea in UN speech

see also President Trump was repeatedly warned by aides not to personally attack the North Korean leader during his blustery “Rocket Man” speech at the UN General Assembly, a report said Friday. Trump threatened to “totally destroy” the nuclear-armed country during Tuesday’s speech and said “Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un is on

World leader’s daughter took bizarre selfies during dad’s genocide speech

Genocide? OMG! The daughter of the Azerbaijani president was caught taking surprised-face selfies during her father’s emotional speech on genocide at the United Nations. President Ilham Aliyev was giving the address Wednesday, when his daughter, Leyla Aliyeva, whipped out her cellphone and struck a pose, the Daily Mail reported Friday. The 33-year-old, sitting

Ex-Trump adviser claims Steve Bannon co-wrote UN speech

Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Trump, reportedly helped write the provocative address to the UN General Assembly this week in which Trump dubbed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man.” Bannon and former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka worked with Trump’s UN speechwriter on Tuesday’s address before

North Korea owes NYC over $156K in parking tickets

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has the cash for lavish caviar lunches — but he isn’t putting any toward his country’s mountain of Big Apple parking tickets. see also North Korea’s diplomatic mission to the United Nations owes New York City more than $156,000 from 1,300 unpaid parking tickets, making them

Trump blames Hillary Clinton for North Korea’s nukes

President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to slam “Crooked Hillary” Clinton over her criticism of his hard line on North Korea and to retweet other posts hailing his speech at the United Nations. “After allowing North Korea to research and build Nukes while Secretary of State (Bill C also), Crooked

Trump’s hard-hitting UN speech gets mixed reception from world leaders

President Trump delivered a hard-hitting speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea if it does not abandon its nuclear-weapons program — prompting gasps from the audience. Again mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as “Rocket Man,” Trump warned that the despot is risking doomsday for

Trump: US ready to take further action in Venezuela

President Trump said Tuesday the US is “prepared to take further action” in Venezuela and called for the full restoration of democracy in the struggling country. “[President Nicolas] Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on good people of his country,” Trump said during a speech before the United Nations General

Trump hints at possible withdraw from Iran nuclear deal

President Trump called a nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration with Iran “an embarrassment” and said he may withdraw from the accord while blasting Tehran for spreading violence in the Middle East during a speech Tuesday at the United Nations. “We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities

Kuwait to expel North Korean ambassador, 4 diplomats

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Kuwait says it will expel North Korea’s ambassador and four other diplomats. The decision by Kuwait came as its ruling emir took a recent trip to Washington to meet U.S. President Donald Trump. The U.S. has been putting increased pressure on its allies to cut all ties

World hunger is on the rise again

ROME — The number of chronically hungry people in the world is on the rise again after a decade of declines, the United Nations reported Friday, citing intensifying conflicts, floods and droughts. In an annual report on the state of food security, the UN said 815 million people were chronically undernourished

UN Security Council hits North Korea with sanctions after nuke test

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea in a watered-down resolution without an oil import ban or international asset freeze on the government and leader Kim Jong Un that the Trump administration wanted. The resolution does ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and

North Korea celebrates 69th anniversary amid world tensions

North Korea celebrated the 69th anniversary of its founding with colorful displays of national unity Saturday, even as President Trump tried to rally international support for new, drastic sanctions against the hermit kingdom. Uniformed soldiers stood in rigid ranks to salute at the Mansu Hill monument in Pyongyang, and elderly women

China: UN should take more action against North Korea

BEIJING/VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — China said Thursday it agreed the United Nations should take more action against North Korea after its latest nuclear test, while pushing for more dialogue to resolve the crisis on the Korean peninsula. North Korea said it would respond to any UN sanctions and US pressure with “powerful

Syria used chemical weapons more than two dozen times: UN

GENEVA – Syrian forces have used chemical weapons more than two dozen times during the country’s civil war, including in the deadly attack that led to U.S. air strikes on government planes, U.N. war crimes investigators said on Wednesday. In the most conclusive findings to date from investigations into chemical weapons

Trump’s attacks on media “dangerous’: UN human rights chief

U.S. President Donald Trump’s criticism of journalists amounts to an attack on the freedom of the press and could provoke violence against reporters, the United Nations’ human rights chief said on Wednesday. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said Trump had also made worrying remarks about women, Mexicans and Muslims and went on to

China strongly opposes US sanctions for aiding North Korea

The US should “immediately correct its mistake” of imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals to avoid damaging bilateral cooperation, a Chinese embassy spokesman said on Tuesday. Washington announced new North Korea-related sanctions on Tuesday, targeting Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for allegedly facilitating Pyongyang’s weapons programs. “China opposes unilateral