The World of International Organizations

Case cracks U.S. immunity of organizations

Gujarati fisherwomen at the Bandra fishing village (AN/Extempore)

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that international organizations should be treated like foreign nations when it comes to immunities.

British envoy links gold to Venezuela’s fate

London's Palace of Westminster across the River Thames, home to Parliament (AN/John Heilprin)

Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations linked Venezuela’s gold holdings in the Bank of England to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s grip on power.

Human rights agenda seen ‘losing ground’

Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis addresses the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva (AN/Swiss Foreign Ministry)

The world’s foremost body for encouraging human rights got a dismal message: U.N. leaders see a rise in hatred and a retreat in progress globally.

Vatican pledges end to sex abuse cover-ups

Pope Francis at the Vatican's four-day summit on its global sexual abuse crisis (AN/Vatican Media)

An unprecedented Vatican four-day summit closed with a mass at which Pope Francis promised an “all-out battle” to prevent more sex abuse of children.

U.S. isolation rapped at Munich summit

German diplomat and conference chair Walter Ischinger and U.S. presidential adviser Ivanka Trump (AN/Munich Security Conference)

European and Asian leaders in Munich criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s enmity for international organizations and multilateral solutions.

U.N. experts warn IS remains global threat

U.S. Army soldiers take cover in Mosul, Iraq (AN/Kieran Cuddihy)

U.N. counterterrorism experts reported that Islamic State militants remained a “covert” global threat, despite their recent losses and shifts in tactics.

U.N. group sees risk to underwater cables

Divers repair an undersea cable at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (AN/National Museum of the U.S. Navy)

When an underwater cable severed, Tonga lost internet access for nearly two weeks, an incident that illustrates some of the risks a U.N. group is examining.

U.N.: Saudis undermine Khashoggi inquiry

Protest outside London's Natural History Museum where the Saudis held a celebration (AN/John Lubbock)

The U.N. team investigating Jamal Khashoggi’s death said preliminary evidence shows it was a premeditated killing planned and carried out by Saudi officials.

The U.S.-China trade war winner? Neither.

A full load of quilts on a trishaw pickup in the northern Indian city of Amritsar (AN/Shankar S.)

The U.S.-China trade war is costing each country major export losses that are most likely to benefit E.U. members and 22 other countries, UNCTAD reported.

Big pharma stands behind universal health

Thomas Cueni, a former Swiss journalist and diplomat who directs IFPMA (AN/John Heilprin)

The idea that everyone should have affordable, quality health services is backed by international organizations, including the global pharmaceutical industry.