The World of International Organizations Explained

Arms trade in focus on Khashoggi scandal

Protesters against global arms sales outside the Swiss Parliament Building (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

A small protest in the Swiss capital brought into sharper focus a growing confluence of concerns over global weapons sales and the murder of a Saudi dissident journalist.

Turkey says treaty allows Khashoggi probe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (ARÊTE/Ilyas Ahmed)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said an international treaty half a century old will help investigators unravel the carefully orchestrated killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump to pull U.S. out of nuclear treaty

A Russian warship with cruise missiles pays a friendly visit to San Francisco in 2010 (ARÊTE/Randy Chiu)

U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1987, a move that could risk a new nuclear arms race.

Groups urge U.N. probe of Khashoggi case

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an honor guard ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington (ARÊTE/Amber I. Smith)

Demands for a U.N.-led independent investigation into the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi widened to international organizations that promote press freedom and human rights.

U.N. urges cooperation in Khashoggi case

Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi (ARÊTE/April Brady)

The U.N. human rights chief waded into the high-profile disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying his probable torture, murder and dismemberment would be “very serious crimes” that should compel Saudi Arabia and Turkey to cooperate fully.

Report finds 669 million lives saved by aid

A woman gets a tetanus shot at a Central African Republic clinic (ARÊTE/Pierre Holtz/UNICEF)

International aid prevented 669 million deaths between 1990 and 2016 by spreading access to health services around the world, the ONE Campaign reported. But the gains could vanish if donors close their pocketbooks.

Nikki Haley to resign as U.S. envoy to U.N.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley at a U.S. Department of Defense news conference (ARÊTE/DoD/EJ Hersom)

Nikki Haley will resign her post as U.S. envoy to the United Nations at the end of 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump announced. No reason was given why Haley, a rarity in Trump’s Cabinet for having avoided getting fired or departing under a cloud of controversy, would be stepping down.

Interpol chief quits in Chinese detention

Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France (ARÊTE/Leandro Neumann Ciuffo)

Interpol said its missing president Meng Hongwei has turned up and submitted his resignation while in detention by the disciplinary organ of China’s ruling Communist Party.

Interpol president seems to have vanished

Interpol's president Meng Hongwei at a conference in Lisbon, Portugal (ARÊTE/Diarmuid Greene)

The world’s largest international police organization usually spends its time searching for missing or wanted people. This time, the mystery at Interpol is a bit more personal: its own president went missing.

Nations agree to Arctic marine protections

Arctic landscape (ARÊTE/Caitlin Bailey)

Nine nations and the European Union signed a legally binding accord to delay widespread Arctic commercial fishing in an area larger than the Mediterranean Sea for at least 16 years, so scientists can first study how it might affect marine life.

The world of international organizations explained.


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