The World of International Organizations

U.N. rights chief warns on Libyan dangers

Rival militias after a skirmish in Tripoli (AN/Magharebia)

(AN) — The U.N.’s top human rights official expressed grave concern that thousands of lives were at risk in Libya’s capital, where civilians have been trapped in residential areas amid intensifying military attacks.

Trump to pull U.S. from arms trade treaty

Fake tombstones placed by the Control Arms Coalition line New York's East River during a 2012 diplomatic conference over the future Arms Trade Treaty (AN/Andrew Kelly)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from another global treaty, this time a relatively new but growing accord to regulate the international trade in conventional arms.

U.N. waters down measure on rape in war

Congo officers fold their arms as part of a U.N. initiative to "Stop Rape Now" as a tactic of war (AN/MONUSCO)

(AN) — Under pressure from the United States, China and Russia, the U.N. Security Council weakened a resolution to combat rape as a weapon of war by removing measures for investigating crimes and offering victims’ services.

WHO tests world’s first malaria vaccine

Children in Mbabzi, Malawi (AN/Lars Plougmann)

(AN) — The World Health Organization began testing the world’s first malaria vaccine in Malawi, one of three African nations where it is being used to immunize children up to two years old.

Myanmar court keeps journalists locked up

Journalists with a U.N. delegation at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — Myanmar’s top court upheld the convictions of two jailed Reuters journalists who won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on some of the country’s grave crimes against hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.

Trump Organization key to Mueller report

Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office building in Washington, D.C. (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — A long-awaited investigative report spotlights the Trump Organization as a conduit to Russia and shows U.S. President Donald Trump’s conduct on at least four occasions seemed to have met prosecutors’ high standards for bringing obstruction of justice charges.

UNESCO aids Notre Dame emergency plan

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris before the fire (AN/David Merrett)

(AN) — The U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural agency pledged to help French authorities perform a rapid damage assessment of the inferno that tore through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours.

Red Cross pleads for info on missing staff

Red Cross nurse Louisa Akavi of New Zealand (AN/ICRC)

(AN) — Breaking its long-held silence, the International Committee of the Red Cross sought public help in finding three staff abducted by Islamic State militants in Syria in late 2013.

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