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UN: World Food Prices Drop
ROME (AP) — A United Nations agency says prices of basic foods fell by 1.5 percent last month, with the international prices of all commodities except dairy products dropping. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday that the decline puts the value of its November index …
UN Says World Has 6 Billion Cell Phone Subscribers
GENEVA (AP) — The world now has nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as inhabitants. The U.N. telecom agency says there were about 6 billion subscriptions by the end of 2011 — roughly one for 86 of every 100 people. In a report Thursday, the International Telecommunication Union sai…
President Obama To Address UN Today
  NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday will challenge the world to confront the root causes of rage exploding across the Muslim world, calling it a defining choice “between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes we hold in common.” Obama will step b…
UN General Assembly Has Full Plate This Week
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon predicts that this week’s session of the U.N. General Assembly and its sideline events will be among the busiest ever, reflecting “the tumultuous time in which we live. President Barack Obama and more than 120 other presid…
Security Council Schedules Vote On Syrian Violence
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Amid deep divisions, another vote is due later this morning at the U.N. Security Council on a resolution designed to end the escalating violence in Syria. The vote was delayed Wednesday in an effort to get key Western nations and Russia to find an accommodation on measur…
UN Aims To Triple Syria Observer Team
GENEVA (AP) — A spokesman for international Syria envoy Kofi Annan says the United Nations hopes to have 30 cease-fire monitors in the country next week. Ahmad Fawzi says seven observers are already on the ground and another two will arrive on Monday. Fawzi told reporters in Geneva on Friday …
UN Strongly Condemns NKorea Rocket Launch
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea’s rocket launch and warning it will take further action if it conducts another launch or a new nuclear test. A presidential statement, approved by all 15 council members and read at a formal meeting Mond…
Gates Tells UN To Help Poor Farmers
ROME (AP) — Bill Gates has told U.N. food agencies that world agriculture systems are outdated and inefficient, especially for the small farmers in poor countries they are aiming to help. Gates brought his campaign to fight poverty and hunger in Africa and Asia to a forum Thursday of the U.N.…
UN Concerned About Clashes Reported In Bahrain
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he’s concerned about reported clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Bahrain in recent days. U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said Wednesday that Ban is calling on all parties to exercise maximum restraint, an…
UN In Haiti Accuses Police Of Abuse
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — U.N. human rights officials in Haiti are accusing the national police department of excessive force, saying there is evidence officers may have killed at least nine people in the capital. The charges are raised in two reports by the Office of the High Commissioner…

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