The World of International Organizations

British envoy links gold to Venezuela’s fate

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

(AN) — 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 — and his possible undoing. Access to gold could help Maduro maintain his hold in the cash-poor, oil-rich nation.

Human rights agenda seen ‘losing ground’

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

(AN) — Opening its new session, 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. The U.N. chief warned the “human rights agenda is losing ground” but was hopeful nonetheless.

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) — 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 by pedophile priests and the bishops who cover up their crimes.

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)

(AN) — European and Asian leaders attending the world’s foremost security conference in Munich criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s enmity for international organizations and multilateral solutions, saying his isolationism put the world at more risk of conflicts and war.

U.N. experts warn IS remains global threat

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

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

U.N.: Saudis undermine Khashoggi inquiry

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

(AN) — The U.N. team investigating Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death said preliminary evidence shows it was a “premeditated killing” that was planned and carried out by Saudi officials, who then “undermined” Turkey’s efforts to determine what happened.

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