President Donald Trump makes his debut at the United Nations General Assembly this week. Thousands of world leaders, diplomats and advocates will debate issues ranging from North Korea's nuclear threat to the Paris climate accord.
The Israeli government is scrambling to contain the fallout from the first UN Security Council resolution since 1979 to condemn Israel over its settlements in Palestinian territory, after the US refused to block the resolution as it has traditionally done.
As a team of refugees participates in the Olympics for the first time, refugees around the world are playing sports in the camps they're temporarily calling home. Social welfare organizations like the YMCA also recognized the value of sports in refugee camps dating as far back as World War II.
The chemical weapons inspectors now working in Syria say the government of Bashar al-Assad is cooperating. But that’s cold comfort to residents in the Damascus neighborhood of Zamalka, where there are endless blocks of fallen concrete and twisted metal, buildings that are sliced in half and remnants of lives that used to be.
France is sending 1,000 troops to the Central African Republic on a peacekeeping mission to help avoid a genocide. New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch says it's part of a broad effort to re-establish its sphere of influence and reputation in Africa.
A Commission of Inquiry from the United Nations has published a 400-page report arguing that North Korean officials are committing systematic, brutal crimes against their own people. The Commission has shared the testimony of witnesses, and recommends prosecuting those responsible before the International Criminal Court.
Jan Egeland says the current crisis caused by the Syrian civil war affects far more people than the notorious violence in Rwanda and the Balkans more than a decade ago. And the former UN official says no nation is addressing it — from the West to the Arab World, or powers like China and Russia.
We take simultaneous interpretation for granted today, watching world leaders at the UN and other organizations listen to speeches being translated in real time. But there was a time not too long ago when even the thought of someone instantly translating speech was impossible.
A photo exhibit now lining the halls of UN headquarters in New York shows Syrian victims of torture. It's hard to look at, but US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power says the images are yet more evidence that peace is desperately needed in Syria — and motivation to make sure the Assad regime is toppled.